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Voila!Europe Festival: European Theatre Forum

Share, learn, debate, and connect over a weekend of panels, performances, and Open Space discussions. 100 years after Armistice, the European Theatre Forum will explore how we transcend political, cultural, and linguistic borders. In light of Britain’s upcoming departure from the EU, what is the future of European collaboration? What role can artists play in times of change?

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Panel: Is there a ‘European Theatre’? What is theatre like in Poland, Spain, Germany, Malta, Italy, France, Greece, Austria…? Hear from a panel of European artists about the process of making theatre in their home countries. Then, join in a discussion on the opportunities and obstacles of creating work in a culture or language that isn’t your own.

Panel: Does Europe need Fringe Theatre? What are the merits and challenges of the UK fringe theatre model? What can we learn from how theatre is made in other countries, and vice versa? A panel of festival programmers and arts funders will discuss the value of supporting early work by emerging and established artists, making international theatre accessible to a wide audience, and taking risks together.

Panel: Keeping the Channel Open In the border-busting spirit of Voila! Festival, we ask how to tour British work abroad, and how to bring international shows to the UK. What are venue and festival programmers looking for, who supports this cross-cultural exchange – and how can we keep the channel open after we leave the EU? Our panel of industry leaders will map out their current and future strategies.

Performance: Gospel for the Present Time created and performed by Camille Voyenne, director of Festival Champ Libre, France.

Workshop: Esperanto – what, where, and why? An interactive language lesson and storytelling session guided by Ariel Bonkorpa of JEB, the Young British Esperantists.

European Balcony Project For the first time in European history, citizens all over the continent will gather at a single moment in time – 10th of November at 4 p.m. – to spark a broad debate about European democracy and what it means to be European citizens.Read more…

Open Space: What is the Future of UK & European Collaboration? How do we connect with international collaborators? How do we find support for this work? How do we keep going in the face of increasing bureaucratic challenges? How can we make multilingual performance accessible to monolingual audiences? Why is cross-cultural collaboration so important?What are we going to do to stay connected to our international peers?

Open Space is an opportunity for everyone to have a say, ask a question, write a manifesto. Artists, companies, venues, programmers, funders, audience members, entrepreneurs – anyone who cares about the future of UK & European collaboration is welcome to join us, and together we will set the agenda for a day of discussion and discovery.

*A single ticket (£10) allows admission both days. Lunch boxes can be purchased with the tickets.


November 10, 2018
November 11, 2018


Theatre Deli
2 Finsbury Avenue
London, EC2M 2PA
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