Open call: Attend a performing arts networking event in Croatia

| by Harriet Guest

Tags: International collaboration Opportunity

IETM is a major European networking event – ideal for artists and producers who want to expand their careers internationally. We're offering bursaries for minority ethnic creative practitioners to join the next meeting in Croatia

talk1 Thomas ArranWhat did you have to leave at the door in order to show up today? Creative producer and founder of Sour Lemons, Sade Brown gives the opening keynote speech at IETM Hull in March 2019. Photo: Thomas Arran 

We're offering bursaries for minority ethnic artists and producers to attend IETM Rijeka from 24–27 October 2019. This is the seventh time we have run this scheme, to make sure the diversity of the UK is represented in this international network.

IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting) is a network for the contemporary performing arts with over 450 members from across the world. Members include arts organisations and individuals working in theatre, dance, circus, new media, live art, festivals, and in research centres and institutional bodies. The members run two plenary sessions a year in European cities that include debate, talks, pitches and networking alongside an artistic programme of international work. 

Attending IETM is the ideal opportunity for creative practitioners who want to make international contacts and broaden their understanding of the global challenges facing the performing arts community in the 21st century.

IETM Rijeka in Croatia will explore the theme of Audiences. The event aims to deepen and challenge our understanding of participation, cultural democracy, everyday creativity, audience development and ownership.

"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 an incredible network of artists that is completely new to me!"

minorityethnic website Thomas ArranIETM members catch up between sessions at IETM Hull in March 2019. Photo: Thomas Arran

Alongside a bursary of £500, we'll arrange a pre-meeting for the bursary winners, so that you'll know some friendly faces at the conference. Members of the British Council's Theatre and Dance team will attend IETM Rijeka too. If you are a D/deaf or disabled practitioner, we have a separate opportunity with our partners at Unlimited.

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.

Previous applicants said this about their experience:

“IETM Porto was an educational and thought-provoking meeting that offered me the opportunity to meet international practitioners 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



At a glance:

Where and when?

IETM Rijeka takes place in Croatia from 24–27 October 2019. 

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 Rijeka. 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 24–27 October 2019 (inclusive) and allow for appropriate travel time on either side of these dates.

If you are a D/deaf or disabled artist, we are running a separate bursary scheme in partnership with Unlimited.

How do I apply? 
Please complete this form

When is the deadline?
Monday 22 July 2019 09:00 (BST)

What are your criteria for selecting bursary award winners?
We will be looking for applications that demonstrate that attending IETM Rijeka 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 Munich

> Watch the keynote speech from IETM Hull

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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