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About ISPA Congresses

ISPA Congresses

Important ISPA Congress Announcement

Over the past few weeks, ISPA staff along with the C.F. Koo Foundation, our hosts for the international congress in Taipei, have been monitoring the developments with respect to the coronavirus in Taiwan and throughout the region. The Executive Committee convened to review the options and the risk connected to international travel. Based on the information available at this time, it is with great regret that the Executive, in consultation with the C.F. Koo Foundation, has decided to cancel the congress in Taipei which was scheduled for June 1-5, 2020.

ISPA is taking this opportunity to explore the possibility of connecting with you through new digital platforms. We will be continuing with Pitch New Works and are excited to develop our first “online” version of the popular program. We are also exploring the possibility of staging one or more panels in this new format and will keep you updated on these ideas over the coming weeks.

We want to take this opportunity to thank Vivien Ku and her team for all the time and effort already invested in preparation for the congress. We hope to announce another congress in Taipei or the region in the future.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.


David Baile
Chief Executive Officer

Tisa Ho
Chair, Board of Directors


過去的幾週內,我們的工作人員和ISPA 2020台北年會主辦方辜公亮文教基金會 (C. F. Koo Foundation) 一直在關注台灣及亞太地區新型冠狀病毒 (Coronavirus)的發展動態。執行委員會已召開會議,評估可能的方案以及國際旅行相關風險。根據目前所掌握的訊息,與辜公亮文教基金會協商後,ISPA執行委員會非常遺憾地宣布,我們取消原定於2020年6月1日 - 6月5日舉行的台北年會。

ISPA將藉此機會探索線上數位平台帶來的可能性:我們將繼續進行Pitch New Works,為這受歡迎的項目帶來第一個線上版本;我們也正在探索以線上方式舉辦一個或多個座談會的可能性,並將在未來幾週內為您提供相關的最新訊息。

我們想藉此機會感謝辜懷群執行長(Vivien Ku)和她的團隊為籌備這次年會所投入的時間和精力,也希望將來可以在台北或該地區舉行另一次年會。 




David Baile

Tisa Ho

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

New York City

January 12 - 14, 2021

Reykjavik, Iceland


New York City


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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.