What are we looking for? – A webinar about international touring

What are we looking for? – A webinar about international touring

In the framework of Young Swedstage we held a webinar about international touring with Swedish creators and producers and international festival directors, programmers, and practitioners.

We talked about what is topical, passable, taboo, and interesting in different countries, contexts, and traditions. What differs TYA in Sweden, Europe, America, or Africa? How do we ensure presence of the unexpected? What are our fellow programmers and festival directors looking for when programming festivals and venues?

Invited to take a lead in the conversation were from Sweden Viktoria Dalborg, artistic director of Kompani Giraff, and Sophia Segrell, artistic director of Dockteatern Tittut.

Joining us from outside Sweden were Eibhlin de Barra, director at Young at Art/Belfast Children’s Festival, Boomer Stacey, Executive Director at Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and former executiv director of IPAY, Gerhard Verfaille, director of Cultuurcentrum Hasselt and artistic director of Krokusfestival and Etoundi Zeyang, artistic director of FESCATEJ in Cameroon.

The discussion was be led by Niklas Borefors, CEO of Bibu – the Swedish performing arts biennial for children and youth, and Mario Castro Sepulveda, producer at Ögonblickteatern and board member of ASSITEJ Sweden. Both Niklas and Mario were part of the committee selecting the eight productions for Young Swedstage 2022.

The webinar was introduced by Niclas Malmcrona, director of ASSITEJ Sweden.

Recorded on Monday November 28th 2022.

Swedstage is founded by Swedish Institute, Swedish Arts Council, Region Stockholm, City of Stockholm and The Swedish Art Grants Committee.