Open call: Attend a performing arts networking event in Norway

| 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 Norway

Image of Akeim Buck, part of the British Council delegation at IETM RijekaAkeim Buck at IETM Rijeka as part of the British Council delegation. Photo: Tanja Kanazir

We're offering bursaries for minority ethnic artists and producers to attend IETM Tromsø from 30 April 2020 – 3 May 2020. This is the eighth 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. 

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.

Situated in the cultural capital of arctic Norway, IETM Tromsø will explore the theme of activism. The event aims to deepen and challenge our understanding of art as protest and the relationship between art, politics and changing minds. What impact can performing arts have? Alongside the discussions and talks there will be space for informal networking, and you will be introduced to Norwegian work on the artistic programme.

'We are delighted to continue to offer this opportunity for minority ethnic artists and producers from the UK to build connections and contribute a more representative diversity to the discussions that are shaping contemporary performing arts in Europe and internationally', says James Tyson one of our Programme Managers for Theatre and Dance.

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

IETM Rijeka credit Tanja Kanazir2IETM members catch up between sessions at IETM Rijeka in November 2019. Photo: Thomas Arran

Alongside a bursary of £450, we'll book your accommodation and arrange a pre-meeting for all the bursary winners to make sure you get the most out of the event. Members of the British Council's Theatre and Dance team will attend IETM Tromsø too, so you'll know some friendly faces once you arrive.

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

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.



At a glance:

Where and when?

IETM Tromsø takes place in Norway from 30 April 2020 – 3 May 2020. 

What does the bursary cover?
Successful applicants will receive a £450 bursary each, and the British Council will book accommodation on your behalf. The bursary money can be used to contribute towards costs including (but not limited to) travel, 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 30 April–3 May 2020 (inclusive) and allow for appropriate travel time on either side of these dates.

How do I apply? 
Please complete this form

When is the deadline?
Sunday 2 February 23:59 (GMT)

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

> 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


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