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Regional Initiatives

Regional Initiatives

In addition to its annual congresses, ISPA undertakes a number of diverse programs, both ongoing and ad hoc, that facilitate a presence for the organization and its membership globally. These programs are done in partnership with local organizations and complement work that is currently occurring in the region. They typically, but not exclusively, take the form of curated conversations and/or networking opportunities.

Through these regional initiatives, we are able to engage local members and non-members alike and facilitate participation on a smaller scale than undertaking a full congress. The number and location of these initiatives may vary from year to year but through this ongoing activity we ensure a broader accessibility and enhanced opportunities for engagement.

Past Events

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

ISPA Series at the Fringe (2019)

ISPA Series at the Fringe is a joint-program between the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. ISPA Series at the Fringe hosts events for festival participants designed to bring together emerging and established arts leaders in a dialogue about shared issues in our global community.

Event Details
11:00 Welcome & Screening: Provocation by Bassem Youssef
11:30 Panel & Group Discussion
13:00 Networking Lunch

Host: Gaurav Kripalani (Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), Singapore)
Speakers: Graeme Farrow (Wales Millennium Centre, United Kingdom), Emilie Monnet (Onishka Productions, Canada), Jo Royce (Candoco Dance Company, United Kingdom)

Bassem Youssef

Shifting Identities

“Be a provocative warrior, not an honorable citizen,” reflects Egyptian surgeon turned satirist Bassem Youssef. Following a recorded provocation from January’s ISPA Congress, a panel convened to reflect on the meaning of identity and free speech and what this can mean for one’s practice, community, and the performing arts globally. Over 80 Edinburgh Festival Fringe participants attended the event. We reflected, interjected, and then shaped the conversation together.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Fringe Late-Night International Reception

A celebration of the internationalism of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, hosted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Frank Ross, The Right Honourable Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, and the International Society for the Performing Arts.

Lothian Chambers, West Parliament Square
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

ISPA Series at the Fringe (2018)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 11:00 am

Pre-war (pre-1946), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Gen X (1965-1980), and Millennials (1981-2000): How is the nature of leadership changing through these transitions? Do governance and management structures need to transform in response? Join a cross-generational, cross-cultural dialogue to open up the issues behind these questions.

Host: Jackie Wylie (National Theatre of Scotland, United Kingdom)
Speakers: Liv Ancell (Whitespace, United Kingdom), Muriel Romanes (Artist, Scotland), Débora Staiff (Indigo Producciones SRL, Argentina), Millie Tsai (Contemporary Legend Theatre, Taiwan)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 11:00 am

Costs are rising, while subsidies are shrinking and consumer behaviours are changing rapidly. How do we keep our industry’s ecosystem viable with the competing demands for resources? And ultimately, who is responsible for paying the artist? Should producers and presenters keep an eye on the economics and leave the artist to endure market forces? Or should the artists take control and create the cultural economy themselves? In a mixed economy who gets paid and who doesn’t – those who are worthy or those who shout the loudest?

Host: Jackie Wylie (National Theatre of Scotland, United Kingdom)
Speakers: Liv Ancell (Whitespace, United Kingdom), Muriel Romanes (Artist, Scotland), Débora Staiff (Indigo Producciones SRL, Argentina), Millie Tsai (Contemporary Legend Theatre, Taiwan)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 11:00 am

Latin America is a vast region representing many cultures. As the region’s cultural riches grow in global impact, there are many opportunities for exchange. In this discussion, we’ll learn of key access points and opportunities to begin a dialogue which develops your network.

Host: Max Wagner (Gasteig Muenchen GmbH, Germany)
Speakers: Steven Brett (British Council, United Kingdom), Jimena Lara Estrada (Ministry of Culture, Mexico), Maria Claudia Parias (Batuta Foundation, Colombia)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cocktails and Conversations

An networking cocktail reception at Australia’s Performing Arts Market (APAM)

Brisbane Powerhouse, River Studio
Brisbane, Australia

ISPA Series at the Fringe (2017)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Some festivals develop organically while others are created for a very specific reason or purpose. This highly interactive session explores the unique dynamics at play in developing international festivals, and the unique opportunities they provide to audiences, artists and presenters. Led by Lieven Bertels, this discussion delved into festival strategy, planning and execution, within the unique cultural landscape that is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Today artists have more control over how they create and distribute their work, audiences drive when and how they participate, and curators are less hierarchical in their approaches to programming. This long table discussion identified new ways that presenters, audiences and artists are engaging with each other to shift power structures, to ensure access and relevance amidst the myriad cultures and art forms integral to contemporary society. Facilitated by Michelle Witt, Executive and Artistic Director of Meany Center for the Performing Arts.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

In a world of increasing cultural conflict, how are artist-led organisations developing new models that support enduring international connections, understanding, and great art? Vanishing Point’s Matt Lenton and Severine Wyper, and Ahmed El Attar of Downtown Contemporary Art Festival Cairo, Studio Emad Eddin and Summerhall Middle East Season, kicked off this session exploring approaches to international creative partnerships, networks, residencies, co-production, and audience development. Facilitated by Faith Liddell.


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