Open Continent - Closed Nations. Challenges and Perspectives for Theatre Festivals in Eastern Europe

When it comes to theatre, festivals can serve as a barometer for current developments in politics, culture and society. Festivals confront the audience with intense programmes, but are nevertheless subject to market principles.

On this night we will have a look at the situation of theatre festivals with festival makers from all over Europe discussing questions such as: What do those festivals for theatre and the performing arts have to say about the state of the European idea? Especially in Eastern Europe, theatre Festivals contribute to vibrant theatre scenes, but what perspectives do Eastern European theatre
festivals offer for the developments of theatre and its role in society? And what is their perception in the West?

Open discussion with:

Selma Spahić (Artistic director of the MESS festival, Bosnia and Hercegovina)
Katrin Hrusanova (Executive director of the ACT festival, Bulgaria)
Tomáš Froyda (former Artistic director of the DIVADLO festival, Czech Republic)

Host: Dorte Lena Eilers (Editor for Theater der Zeit, Germany)

The discussion will be held in English. It takes place in the International Theatre Institute Germany, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin.  

Free Entrance, please register via

This event is part of the PASSAGE 23°E project coordinated by the International Theatre Institute Germany.
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.



February 24, 2017 at 8pm
International Theatre Institute Berlin