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The Power of PERSONAL Interaction

About Congresses

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Twice a year, ISPA Congresses bring together performing arts leaders to discover the next great idea, strengthen relationships, and rejuvenate their passion for the arts.

Why Arts Leaders Come to ISPA Congresses:

1. Exchange and Develop Ideas

Explore the congress theme over the course of several engaging panel discussions, debates, roundtable conversations, and more led by a range of industry leaders and experts. The regional updates examine the changing environments of various global regions and how you might be affected. You will have the opportunity to join the conversations live or afterwards during the numerous networking opportunities. And you might discover your next great idea!

2. Strengthen and Nurture Relationships


Join the entire delegation for Professional Exchange (ProEx) marketplace where attendees have an opportunity to learn about each other’s work. ProEx is just one of many opportunities in addition to coffee breaks, the receptions, and other social events during the congress.

3. Commission and Present New Works


Learn about new performing arts projects from the creators themselves! In addition to programmed performances throughout the congress, Pitch New Works highlights a curated set of projects and works in process from across the globe. Become an industry leader by being involved with these artistic ventures still in development or recently premiered. Support the new works through commission or presentation before they enter the international marketplace.

Who Attends ISPA Congresses?

ISPA congresses are attended by more than 500 leaders from more than 50 countries representing different genres and disciplines within the performing arts field. Programming is geared toward both established and emerging leaders in the performing arts. The congress attendees include presenters, festivals, producing companies, artist managers, consultants and government cultural leaders. Learn more about ISPA Members

Visit the delegates section of the past congress websites to see who have attended.

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