Open call: Attend a performing arts networking event in Munich

| by Harriet Guest

Tags: International collaboration Opportunity

IETM is a major European performing arts networking event — ideal for artists and producers who want to kickstart their international careers. We're offering bursaries for minority ethnic creative practitioners to attend the next conference in Germany

JLJ 4621Artist Laura Dajao (pictured) was awarded a bursary to attend IETM Brussels and IETM Porto. Photo: British Council

As part of our mission to make sure that Britain is reflected in all its diversity, we're offering bursaries for minority ethnic artists and producers to attend the next meeting, IETM Munich, from 1–4 November 2018. This is the sixth time that we have offered these bursaries to under-represented groups. Alongside these bursaries, we will also be offering bursaries for d/Deaf and disabled artists later in June 2018, once we have confirmed the accessibility of the venues.

IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting), is a network of over 500 performing arts organisations and individuals working in contemporary performing arts across the world. Members include theatre, dance, circus, new media and live art practitioners, as well as festivals, producers, research centres and institutional bodies. They run two plenary sessions a year in European cities that provide an invaluable chance for participants to meet international contacts, attend talks, see international work and to broaden understanding of the global challenges for performing arts in the 21st century.

"We are delighted to continue to offer this opportunity for artists and producers to build international connections into Europe and beyond" says Steven Brett, our Theatre and Dance Programme Manager who works with the EU and the Americas. "We acknowledge that the representation of ethnic minority and D/deaf and disabled artists at events such as IETM does not always reflect the UK society as a whole. We hope that this incentive to join one of Europe's largest member-led networks will appeal to practitioners across the UK."

“It's pressing to have an intersection of identities in the room” 

IETM Munich will explore European identity exploring what the EU's motto "United in Diversity" means today. Is Europe a cultural or geographical entity? What is the role of arts professionals in shaping and reflecting these identities? The theme of this meeting makes it even more pressing to have an intersection of identities in the room.

Our Theatre and Dance team holds associate membership of IETM, so there will be friendly faces on hand for the bursary winners. We will provide support: making introductions, steering the group through events and helping everyone to make the most of the experience. For the last IETM in Porto we awarded 12 bursaries to a dynamic group of artists. We will offer new bursaries for the next IETM, hosted in another European city, in April 2019.

Previous applicants said this about their experience:

“IETM Porto was an educational and thought-provoking meeting that offered me the opportunity to meet international delegates in a relaxed and informal environment. IETM really challenged my thinking on cultural policy, international collaboration and political affairs impacting the arts sector.” 
Sara Dos Santos, movement artist, choreographer, teacher

“It’s an incredible network of artists that is completely new to me! Members included festivals, companies, producers, theatres, research and resource centres, universities and institutional bodies.” 
Keith Saha, Co-Artistic Director, 20 Stories High

We'd like as many people as possible to benefit from IETM's vast network. You can find out more information about how to apply below. 

"IETM really challenged my thinking"

At a glance:

Where and when?

IETM Munich takes place in Germany from 1–4 November 2018. 

What does the bursary cover?
Successful applicants will receive a £500 bursary each. The bursary money can be used to contribute towards costs incurred travelling and staying in Munich. This might include, but is not limited to travel, accommodation, daily expenses and show tickets. 

Who is eligible to apply? 
This opportunity is open to independent minority ethnic artists and producers working in performing arts. You should be based in the UK and not acting on behalf of an NPO or a regularly funded organisation.

Previous IETM bursary recipients are eligible to re-apply. We will support one person to attend IETM a maximum of two times through this scheme. You must be available from the 1–4 November 2018 (inclusive) and allow for appropriate travel time on either side of these dates.

If you are a D/deaf or disabled artist, we will be running a separate bursary scheme in partnership with Unlimited. Applications will open at the end of June. Follow us on Twitter or sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about the scheme.

How do I apply? 
Please complete this form

When is the deadline?
Sunday 15 July 2018 23:59 (BST)

What are your criteria for selecting bursary award winners?
We will be looking for applications that demonstrate that attending IETM Munich will be useful to your career. This might mean that your visit is part of a wider international strategy for your work. Alternatively, it might be an important first step for you to explore international networks following success in the UK.

Who makes the final selection?
The successful bursary recipients will be selected by a panel including experts from the theatre and dance sector together with British Council arts specialists.


Find out more:


> Discover the bursary recipients from IETM Porto

> Check out Gareth Cutter's account of IETM Brussels

View IETM’s report on how we can preserve diversity in the arts

Read a case study about Unlimited's involvement with IETM

Unlimited's Clara Giraud tells us what IETM is all about

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