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Regional Initiatives
REGIONAL Initiatives

Pitch New Works

Leadership Development Programs
Regional Initiatives

Community Building Program

ISPA Awards

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.

Cocktails and Conversations

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

Wednesday, February 21, 7 – 8:30 pm
Brisbane Powerhouse, River Studio
Brisbane, Australia

ISPA Series at the Fringe

Three public events exploring international collaboration

In August, 2017, the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) in partnership with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society introduced their new joint-program ISPA Series at the Fringe. Over the course of the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the partnership hosted three professional development events for festival attendees (August 9, 16, and 22). ISPA and the Fringe share values of access, equity, and professional development. We look forward to continuing this collaboration in the future by bringing together emerging and established arts leaders in a dialogue about shared issues in our global community.

Festivals: Creating Opportunities

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.

Art and Power: Creating New Models

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.

Beyond the Transaction: Creating Internationalism

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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