“Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity” is the annual international multidisciplinary conference researching the Bridge between Tradition and Contemporaneity in performing arts. 

Performing arts traditions influencing, enhancing and co-mingling in contemporary performing arts processes and inspiring our artistic expression – what means “traditional” and “contemporary” for performers, artists and audience today?

Astonishing phenomena of arts appearing on the intersection of cultures, when the borders of countries become conditional – getting inspired by the unique connection and stepping beyond usual practices.

Traditions as the impulse to search for the universal “intercultural” language in contemporary performance and artistic expression. Traditions as the inexhaustible source of inspiration for contemporary generation of artists and firm foundation for intercultural dialogue.


The conference meeting is highly recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international network opportunities and new collaboration partners: performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics and arts journalists.

The conference offers the unique opportunity:

  • to exchange experience and share ideas in contemporary performing arts education and training, rehearsal process and performance practice;
  • to demonstrate diverse methods and techniques in contemporary performing arts inspired and formed in the connection with the world traditional heritage;
  • to meet colleagues from all over the world, establish new contacts and lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment.

The conference creates the unique encounter of different arts in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment, offers a great platform for performers, performing arts educators and teachers to find new collaboration partners, to become familiar with various methods and techniques and to share creative work colleagues from different countries. 

 The conference working language is English.

Practical workshops, performances, presentations, interactive lectures, discussions and more events.


To apply for participation, please send a cover letter briefly describing professional activity to iugte.projects@gmail.com

 The participation fee is 450 EUR. The fee covers participation in all events of the programme.  

The Conference provides: transfer on arrival day from Carrara Avenza train station to hotel, coffee/tea breaks, Carrara city cultural marble tour and the final conference buffet.

Group Registration Discounts.
We offer a discounted conference registration rate for groups of three or more people – 350 EUR per person.
The fee covers participation in all events of the programme.

Student Registration Discounts (with student identity document presented) 

There is a discounted conference registration rate for students – 250 EUR per person.
For student groups of three or more people there is a special discounted registration rate – 180 EUR per person.
The fee covers participation in all events of the programme.
(for those who wish to attend and observe the workshops without participating)     
To register for the Conference programme as an Observer, please send a cover letter briefly describing professional activity to:  iugte.projects@gmail.com

 There are three payment options for Observers:

1) Observation of the whole conference programme. The fee – 250 EUR.


2) Two-day programme attendance. The fee – 180 EUR.3) One-day programme attendance. The fee – 95 EUR.

Bring and share your creative materials with colleagues!

We encourage all participants to bring their promo materials to share with colleagues during the conference – booklets, cards, DVDs, book samples, publications or any other format. You may bring materials with you or send them to us in advance by post (please contact us for the postal address).

The official arrival day is Thursday, December 18th. 
The conference opening meeting begins at 17:00.
The departure day is Monday, December 22nd.
The nearest international airports are located in Pisa, Genova and Florence.
The conference will take place in the beautiful Carrara city.
IUGTE Staff will be glad to help you in planning your travel itinerary, information on accommodation options and practical details!


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