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Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Congress - Schedule of Events
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Add to Calendar 2018/06/11 10:00 2018/06/15 13:00 Europe/Amsterdam Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Congress Congress Theme: Off the Beaten Track. For more information, visit Leeuwarden-Friesland, the Netherlands International Society for the Performing Arts

Bookmark this page and check back for regular updates. All information is subject to change, including time and venue. Last updated on June 1, 2018.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Anthony Field Academy - Day I

Academy Theme - Careers Off the Beaten Track

Professionals from the performing arts who have chosen a radical change in their career path share their stories and experiences. What motivated their decision – a conscious choice or an opportunity that presented itself? Have you already reached the point in your career where you had always envisioned you would be? Discover in interactive sessions what lies waiting beyond the beaten track for you.

Academy Master of Ceremonies: Frénk van der Linden

This year's Academy contributors include:
Tjeerd BischoffAnnette Corbett, Annette Gudde, Ira JudkovskajaJeroen van den Berg, and Harmen van der Hoek

City Hall | Venue Website
Hofplein 38, 8911 HJ Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 17:15
ISPA Committee Meetings (committee members only)
 11:15 Nominating Committee
 12:30 Governance Committee (lunch provided)
 13:45 Membership Committee
15:00 Development Committee
16:15 Program Committee
Tryater | Venue Website
Oostersingel 70, 8921 GB Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 15:00
Registration/Check-in and Information (coffee and tea)
- 13:00
Academy Day I
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Academy Day I (continued)
- 19:00
Academy Reception (Academy attendees only)

19:00 End of Academy Day I

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Anthony Field Academy - Day II

About the Anthony Field Academy

De Harmonie | Venue Website
Ruiterskwartier 4, 8911 BP Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 11:00
Board Meeting
Neushoorn | Venue Website
Ruiterskwartier 41, 8911 BP Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 10:00
Registration/Check-in and Information (coffee and tea)
Academy Day II
13:00 End of Academy

Congress Day I

De Harmonie | Venue Website
Ruiterskwartier 4, 8911 BP Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 16:30
Registration/Check-in and Information (coffee and tea)

Congress Master of Ceremonies: Frénk van der Linden


PERFORMANCE  | Nynke Laverman & Sytze Pruiksma


An inspiring key note in which German historian Philipp Blom gives a reflection on how The Little Ice Age has changed societies, but also the cultural life in Europe. What effect will climate change have  on this relationship between city and countryside? What influence will this have on society and the cultural life in Europe and what is the role that the Performing Arts can play here?

Keynote Speaker | Philipp Blom 
Interviewer | Frénk van der Linden

15:10 Break | Tea and Coffee
15:40 PERFORMANCE | Wunderbaum

SESSION 2 | Performing without Walls
What role does site-specific theatre play in the ecology of the performing arts? Experts from the world over introduce us to their perspective on performing in unconventional spaces. Fasten your seatbelts for this fast-paced session which includes a great teaser for our day on the island of Terschelling and the Oerol Festival.

Speakers | Nadia Aguir (IN SITU, France), Rachel Feuchtwang (Schweigman&, The Netherlands), Thabi Mooi (Homunculus, The Netherlands), Boukje Schweigman (Schweigman&, The Netherlands)

Moderators |  Marelie van Rongen (Oerol Festival, The Netherlands), Frénk van der Linden



Speaker | Marelie van Rongen (Oerol Festival, The Netherlands)

 17:15 End of Congress Day I
Museum of Friesland | Venue Website
Wilhelminaplein 92, 8911 BS Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 19:30
Opening Reception, including New Members Welcome, with a visit to the Escher's Journey Exhibition

De Harmonie | Venue Website
Ruiterskwartier 4, 8911 BP Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 23:00
ISPA Out on the Town 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 

Congress Day II - Oerol Festival Preview

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De Harmonie | Venue Website
Ruiterskwartier 4, 8911 BP Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 08:15
Registration/Check-in and Information
08:15 Buses depart for Harbor of Harlingen from De Harmonie
10:05 Ferry departs for Terschelling
Oerol Festival | Venue Website
8882 HC Terschelling, Netherlands 

INSTALLATION - Wayfaring presented by And Now:

FacilitatorsMandy Dike and Ben Rigby (And Now:, UK)


Walk back to Harbour Square and split up into groups; travel by bus to first group meeting (Box Lunch provided)

- 15:45

Group meetings with theatre makers, composers, choreographers, and other artists all over the island

Moderators | Sjoerd Bootsma, Immie JonkmanRikkert KremerMeinke NoordamOeds Westerhof, and Claudia Woolgar from Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Culture 2018 (LF2018), The Netherlands 

Marco Canevacci (Plastique Fantastique, Germany),
Ria Marks
(Via Berlin, The Netherlands),
Tomoko Mukaiyama (Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation, Japan), 
Sabina Scarlet (Garage 29, Belgium), 
Dagmar Slagmolen (Via Berlin, The Netherlands), 
Jeroen Strijbos
(Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, The Netherlands), 
Daan 't Sas (Third Space, The Netherlands), 
Lotte van den Berg (Third Space, The Netherlands), 
Damian van der Velden (Grofweg architecten, The Netherlands), 
Kilian van der Velden (Grofweg architecten, Belgium), 
Rob van Rijswijk
(Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, The Netherlands), 
Benjamin Vandewalle
(Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, The Netherlands), 
Harm Witteveen (Via Berlin, The Netherlands), 
Tijn Wybenga (Collectief AM.OK, The Netherlands)

15:45 Depart for performance 
16:30 PERFORMANCE - Foreign Tongues presented by Liquid Loft/IN SITU
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Walk to ferry departure point
20:00 Ferry departs Terschelling for Harbor of Harlingen
21:00 Buses return to Leeuwarden
21:45 End of Congress Day II 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Congress Day III

De Harmonie | Venue Website
Ruiterskwartier 4, 8911 BP Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 16:00
Registration/Check-in and Information (coffee and tea)

Optional Fun Hour
The Fun hour consists of four activities you can choose from: Cycling, Boat Tour, Yoga and a Frisian Language course. Go 'off the beaten track' and start your day with some adventure!


The Pitch New Works Session provides delegates the opportunity to become involved in commissioning and/or presenting new works before they fully enter the international marketplace. View the Pitch New Works project listing (PDF)    

Host | Neil Wallace (De Doelen, The Netherlands)

Sponsored by Dutch Performing Arts

- 13:30

ProEx | Professional Exchange
Join us in a relaxed, informal, and intimate environment for casual networking, establishing new contacts, and maintaining existing relationships. Delegates registered for a Full Pass or a Day Pass for Thursday, June 14 may reserve a complimentary table-top space to showcase their organization or artists (subject to availability and limit one per organization). Questions? Contact Ann Pattan

Sponsored by Dutch Performing Arts

12:00 Lunch

SESSION 3 | The Sustainability Battle
What does sustainability mean in an urban and rural context and what role can the performing arts play? Touring is essential to our sector and as networkers with a considerable global footprint, should we be the ones who lead by example? We’ll hear experts in this field battle each other over their choice of best practices.

Speakers | Sjoerd Bootsma (Welcome to The Village, The Netherlands), Catherine Bottrill (Julie's Bicycle, UK), Ben Todd (Arcola Theatre, UK)

Referee | Frénk van der Linden 

14:30 Break
15:00 PERFORMANCE | Club Guy & Roni

SESSION 4 | The New Human Landscape 
In the past five years, migration and nationalism have changed the composition of the global landscape. Waves of migration will change our human landscape forever. What role can we as arts leaders play in the integration of refugees, in particular those who are artists? How are government agencies and institutions coping with this challenge? And how are migrant artists faring as they search for a new stage? View "Initiatives for Refugees" paper (PDF) 

Speakers | Matthea de Jong (Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Culture 2018, The Netherlands), Heba Hage-Felder (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC, Lebanon), Julie Halten (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Germany), Abid Hussain (Arts Council England, UK), Jalal Mando (Actor, Germany/Syria)

Moderator | Eugene Downes (Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland)

16:45 End of Congress Day III
De Blokhuispoort | Venue Website
Blokhuisplein 40, 8911 LJ Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 21:30

Cultural Pub Crawl
Together with a guide and your fellow ISPA delegates, treat yourself to this walking tour to the inner city of Leeuwarden. Discover their own Tower of Pisa - the Oldehove, canals, an old weigh house, the birthplaces of M.C. Escher, double agent Mata Hari, and Rembrandt’s wife Saskia van Uylenburgh among many other gems in town. Wandering in old streets and alleys, you will get to know the European Capital of Culture at its best; you will not only enjoy the beauty of this city, but also be delightfully surprised by cultural encounters, performances, and delicious food and drinks.

Neushoorn | Venue Website
Ruiterskwartier 41, 8911 BP Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 1:00

Friday, June 15, 2018

Congress Day IV

De Harmonie | Venue Website
Ruiterskwartier 4, 8911 BP Leeuwarden, Netherlands 
- 11:00
Registration/Check-in and Information (coffee and tea)

SESSION 5 | Closing Keynote
The final word of our congress is for Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE, Swedish-based English theatre actress and director who created waves last year with her production about Nina Simone. Josette will be with us the entire week. Looking back at what we have experienced together in Leeuwarden/Friesland, she will reflect on what drives her as an artist to make a contribution to a liveable and dignified world. She does this against the backdrop of people deeply divided by the ongoing debate as racism, sexism and nationalist voices are gathering force worldwide. And still there is hope….and art.

Keynote Speaker | Josette Bushell-Mingo (Riksteaterns Tyst Teater - Swedish Sign Language Theatre, Sweden)


View the Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Awards recipients announcement

11:00 PERFORMANCE | Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra
12:00 Lunch
13:00 End of Congress

Bus departs for Holland Festival and Schiphol Airport


Registration and Membership
Contact Ann Pattan at or 1 212 206 8490 x202