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About ISPA Congresses

ISPA Congresses

What Are ISPA Congresses?

Twice a year, ISPA Congresses bring together performing arts leaders from across the globe to discover the next great idea, and strengthen relationships, fostering connection and exchange.

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.

Why Arts Leaders Attend ISPA Congresses

Exchange and Develop Ideas

Exchange and Develop Ideas

Explore the congress theme over the course of engaging panel discussions, debates, roundtable conversations, and more led by a range of industry leaders and experts. Regional updates examine the changing environments of various global regions and how you might be affected. Delegates have the opportunity to join in live and continue the conversations during the numerous networking opportunities.

Strengthen and Nurture Relationships

Strengthen and Nurture Relationships

Delegates socialize and network at the Professional Exchange (ProEx) marketplace, coffee breaks, receptions, and other social events during the congress. New members participate in the Community Building Program to be formally paired with a veteran ISPA member to facilitate introductions.

Commission and Present New Works

Commission and Present New Works

Learn about new performing arts projects from the creators themselves! In addition to programmed performances throughout the congress, the Pitch New Works session highlights a curated set of projects and works in process from across the globe. Get involved with these artistic ventures and support the new works through commission or presentation before they enter the international marketplace.

Upcoming Congresses

Reykjavik, Iceland


New York City


Choosing a Host City Learn More

Past Congresses

104 congresses and counting!

New York City

Jan 14 - 16, 2020

Guadalajara, Mexico

May 27 - 31, 2019

New York City

January 8-10, 2019


June 11-15, 2018

New York City

January 9-11, 2018


May 23-27, 2017

New York City

January 10-12, 2017


May 30 - June 4, 2016

New York City

January 12-14, 2016


May 25-30, 2015

New York City

January 13-15, 2015


April 7-12, 2014

New York City

January 14-16, 2014


June 17-22, 2013

New York City

January 15-17, 2013


June 11-16, 2012

New York City

January 10-12, 2012


June 13-18, 2011

New York City

January 11-13, 2011

  • 2010 | Zagreb, Croatia and New York City
  • 2009 | São Paulo, Brazil and New York City
  • 2008 | Durban, South Africa and New York City
  • 2007 | Milan, Italy (Regional Meeting), Brussels, Belgium and New York City
  • 2006 | Budapest, Hungary (Regional Meeting), Hong Kong and New York City
  • 2005 | Gateshead, United Kingdom and New York City
  • 2004 | Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2003 | Singapore and London
  • 2002 | Lucerne, Switzerland and New York City
  • 2001 | Sydney, Australia and New York City
  • 2000 | Berlin, Germany and New York City
  • 1999 | Vancouver, Canada and New York City
  • 1998 | Stockholm, Sweden and New York City
  • 1997 | Jerusalem, Israel and New York City
  • 1996 | Birmingham, United Kingdom and New York City
  • 1995 | Toronto, Canada and New York City
  • 1994 | Sydney, Australia and New York City
  • 1993 | Vienna, Austria and New York City
  • 1992 | Paris, France and New York City
  • 1991 | Los Angeles, United States and New York City
  • 1990 | Glasgow, United Kingdom and New York City
  • 1989 | Munich, Germany and New York City
  • 1988 | Amsterdam, Netherlands and New York City
  • 1987 | London and New York City

Prior to 1987, ISPA held an Annual Congress every year in New York City dating back to 1948. Learn more About ISPA.