British Council are offering £500 bursaries for artists and producers who identify as minority ethnic to attend IETM Rijeka – a major performing arts conference in Croatia.

Where: Rijeka, Croatia

When: 24–27 October 2019

Deadline for applications: 22 July

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. The open call 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.

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.”

How to apply: Find out more and apply online here:

Successful applicants will receive a £500 bursary to cover travel, accommodation and expenses

Contact details: British Council Theatre and Dance team:

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