During the research part of Perform Europe, the team explored and mapped the context in which performing art works have been presented across borders in the past few years. They identified and analysed the current gaps in the European system of performing arts presentations and touring, taking account of the COVID-19 effects. This helped to unfold the status quo of the European landscape of the performing arts distribution and to picture a better future for the performing arts ecosystem.
The Perform Europe process so far highlights the urgency to rethink the current system of touring and distribution support in Europe, in order to make it more balanced, sustainable and inclusive. The report calls attention to the current geographic imbalances in the European system of cross-border touring and presentation of the performing arts. It also maps multiple issues related to artistic, human, economic, social and environmental sustainability of the European cross-border distribution system.
Finally, the report articulates a vision on how a structured and continuous cross-border support scheme can help address the existing gaps and bring a long-lasting impact.
Perform Europe is funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and co-managed by a Consortium of 5 organisations. It aims to rethink cross-border performing arts presentation in a more inclusive, sustainable and balanced way.
The project is an 18-month journey, which includes a research phase, launching a digital platform and an open call for producers and presenters of performing arts works, testing a support scheme, and designing policy recommendations. The ultimate goal of Perform Europe is to design a future support scheme for cross-border touring and digital distribution of the performing arts in Creative Europe countries.
Read the full report here.