The Theatre Museum of Iceland

September 29th, 2021 by

The Theatre Museum of Iceland

The Theatre Museum of Iceland was formally founded on the 9th of March 2003, on the 170th birthday of the painter Sigurdur Gudmunsson, a pioneer of the country’s modern theatre practices.

Originally, the goal was to open a physical museum, but funding was scarce and difficult to obtain. Started as a volunteer effort, the members managed to collect and save priceless artifacts over the years. When it became clear that the organisation was not viable long-term, and the physical museum became an unreachable dream new solutions were needed. After a negotiation with the Ministry of Education and Culture, The National Museum of Iceland and the National and University Library of Iceland it was decided to formally dismantle the organisation and separate the artifacts between the two institutions. Additionally, the Theatre Museum would reopen as a specialist archive within the National and University Library and funding secured to hire a single performing arts specialist to oversee the collection. In March 2019 the Theatre Museum was dismantled and in January 2021 Sigríður Jónsdóttir began working for the institution in its new form.

The Theatre Museum of Iceland’s mission is to preserve and promote the country’s theatre history, with a special focus on digitising artifacts and serve as a research centre for students and scholars.  

The Theatre Museum of Iceland

Arngrímsgata 3
107 Reykjavik Iceland


Sigríður Jónsdóttir, Theatre Specialist
Tel: +354 525 5673

German Dance Association

September 29th, 2021 by

German Dance Association

The German Dance Association (in German Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, abbreviation DTD) has been working as a nationwide platform for artistic dance in Germany since 2006.

The Association functions as a federation of the outstanding associations and institutions for artistic dance in Germany – overarching aesthetic differences, different modes of production and specific professional fields in dance.

The association develops position papers and concepts for the promotion of dance in Germany, it realizes campaigns and initiatives and implements them in its projects. In recent years, the association Dachverband Tanz Deutschland has achieved a great deal to strengthen the perception of dance by cultural policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels. Federal funding programs have been strengthened, newly initiated and implemented by Dachverband Tanz Deutschland. The networking of the dance scene through various discussion formats and projects has become more intensive, formats and platforms for information and regular professional exchange have been developed. Besides Dachverband Tanz Deutschland has been most successful in promoting artistic dance, for freelance dancers and, with perspective for the future, for ensembles at municipal and state theaters. In other fields of work, the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland accompanies the dance scene: The association also supports the association of German dance archives in their continuous cooperation. Central questions of dance pedagogy are also intensively discussed with our members.

German Dance Association

Mariannenplatz 2
10997 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 / 37 44 33 92


Themes: cultural policy, international networks, development and promotion of dance culture and artists, funding, information, support of dance archives


September 29th, 2021 by


The Macedonian Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI)/PRODUKCIJA develops and performs the international promotion of local Macedonian contemporary performing arts: theatre, opera/musical theater, dance, performance; the international promotion is carried out via communication, education, publishing and collaborative productions (video theater, video drama readings, video drama pitching).

Among the international collaborators are Jan Pappelbaum, Thomas Irmer, Ondrej Svoboda, Ulrike Syha, Katarina Saric, Sylvia Huszar, Dino Peshut, Yaroslava Pulinovich, Masa Ogrizek.

Institutional donors and partners include: City of Skopje; Ministry of Culture R. N. Macedonia; Goethe Institute Skopje; City of Vasto, Italy; Hungarian Embassy in Skopje; Czech Embassy in Skopje; Municipality of Kratovo; Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje (MoCA); Kino Kultura Skopje; MKC Skopje; SKC Jadro-Skopje; Dom na gradeznici Skopje; Arci Centro Culturali; City of Zagreb; Institut Evro Balkan, Skopje; Goethe Institute Mumbai; CEEC China, a. o.

The Macedonian Centre of the ITI/PRODUKCIJA is part of several networks, among others: ITI UNESCO, ERC ITI and ITI Balkan; ENICPA; LODEPA; PASSAGE23E; JADRO MK.


Ivanka Apostolova
Tel. +48 22 829 20 29

Themes: cultural policy, international networks, international promotion of Macedonian performing arts

National Institute of Music and Dance

May 26th, 2020 by

National Institute of Music and Dance

The National Institute of Music and Dance is a state-run cultural institution in Poland. The Institute’s basic mission is to support the development of music and dance culture in Poland.

The National Institute of Music and Dance runs residencies, artistic, research, publishing and grant programmes designed for the Polish music and dance communities, implemented via competition formula. It also administers ministry programmes. The Institute runs a wide range of educational activities, including both original programmes (Thought in Motion, a nationwide dance education programme for children, youth and intergenerational groups) and projects run directly by the Institute and addressed to the youth (Philharmonic. Caution, it draws you in!) and senior citizens (Philharmonic for Seniors).

The National Institute of Music and Dance also studies the condition of dance and music communities; presents reports and postulates to the Minister, providing expertise; handles documentation and archives; commissions research; encourages quality improvement in music and dance education; supports cultural institutions and non-governmental organisations; initiates celebrations of anniversaries of important events in the history and development of dance and music; and coordinates the activities of cultural institutions.

The National Institute of Music and Dance participates in the exchange of information and experience between Polish and international professional organizations.

The Institute actively supports the development of professional music and dance communities in Poland, organising the Polish Music Convention and the Dance Congress which provide ample space for exchange of experiences and self-reflection, as well as running conferences, workshops and training for dance and music professionals. It also develops publicly available special reports and expert opinions, and runs a programme assisting dance artists in acquiring new professional qualifications.

The National Institute of Music and Dance is also the main organiser of important cultural events across Poland, such as the biennial Polish Dance Platform, the annual Coryphée of Polish Music award, and two competitions that are held alternately, the Young Musician of the Year and the Young Dancer of the Year.

The National Institute of Music and Dance

Aleksandra Fredry 800-097
Tel. +48 22 829 20 29


Mateusz Czekaj, Programme Specialist

Themes: cultural policy, international networks, development of music and dance art, music and dance history, professional training, financing, supporting and promoting Polish works


September 10th, 2019 by

IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts – is a network of over 450 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide: theatre, dance, circus, performance, interdisciplinary live art forms, new media.

Our members include festivals, companies, producers, theatres, research and resource centers, universities and institutional bodies.

We hold two plenary meetings a year in different European cities, and smaller meetings all over the world. Besides, we commission publications and research projects, facilitate communication and distribution of information, and advocate for the value of performing arts.

We advocate the value of the arts and culture in a changing world and empower performing arts professionals through access to international connections, knowledge and a dynamic forum for exchange.

Our vision for equity, diversity and inclusion
We aim to create a more inclusive contemporary arts field by helping our members to diversify their organisations and work, and stimulating underrepresented performing arts professionals to join our activities and the network, regardless of their background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, social conditions, working and employment status, age, career path and geographical location.

IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts

9 Square Sainctelette
1000 Brussels – Belgium
Tel: +32 2 201 09 15


Ása Richardsdóttir
Secretary General
+32 2 205 00 10

Elena Polivtseva
Communication and Policy Manager
+32 2 205 00 11

Fernando Bittencourt Hersan
Communication Officer
+32 2 205 00 13

Slovenian Theatre Institute

August 23rd, 2019 by

The Slovenian Theatre Institute was founded in 2014 and is the legal successor of the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia, founded in 1952. The Institute aims at continued evolution of theatre culture at national level and to raises the awareness of the role and importance of theatre in the development of society and individuals.

The Institute is engaged in collecting, preserving, documenting, researching, examining, interpreting, promoting and presenting Slovenian theatre culture, of its heritage and as contemporary theatre arts, both at national and international level. The Institute organizes exhibitions and presents virtual exhibitions, publishes books form the theatre field, organizes various events (symposiums, round tables, lectures, etc) and pedagogic activities, collaborates on main national theatre festivals, houses theatre performances, etc.  The Slovenian Theatre Institute also edits the Repertoire – digital database of professional, semi-professional and non-institutional theatre production in the last 150 years of Slovenian theatre history, since 1867. The Institute as well co-publishes with the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television of the University of Ljubljana the scientific journal of performing arts theory Amfiteater.

The Slovenian Theatre Institute cooperates and connects with similar institutions in Slovenia and abroad and is participating in several international projects.

Slovenian Theatre Institute

Mestni trg 17
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 1 241 58 00


Gašper Troha, PhD, Director
+386 1 241 58 10+386 1 241 58 10

Ana Perne, Head of Audio Collection and Video Archive
+386 1 241 58 08

Tea Rogelj, MA, Head of Iconotheque
+386 1 241 58 14

Mihael Čepeljnik, Project Manager
+ 386 1 241 58 12

ITI Germany

January 8th, 2017 by

ITI Germany

The German Centre of the International Theatre Institute is part of the International Theatre Institute/Institut International du Théâtre, the worldwide performing arts organisation founded in 1948 on the initiative of UNESCO. The goals of the ITI are to strengthen peace and international friendship through the exchange of knowledge and practice in all forms of the performing arts, and to promote mutual understanding and cooperation.  

The ITI – German Centre develops projects in the fields of theatre and dance, cultural education, cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries. It is an information and documentation centre for the performing arts in Germany. In our network, over 200 theatre artists and representatives of associations and institutions are committed to the free development and preservation of the diversity of artistic expression.  

The Media Library for Dance and Theatre

With currently around 12,000 videos and supplementary materials, the Media Library for Dance and Theatre is one of the most extensive publicly accessible audiovisual documentation centres for the performing arts in Germany. It documents developments in contemporary dance, theatre and performative production formats.

The ITI’s Media Studio working closely with the Media Library carries out the documentation of dance and theatre productions on film itself, which can also be viewed in the media library. The digitisation and preservation of the audiovisual as well as supplementary documents are also an important field of work in this area.

Together with artists and researchers the media library examines critically the documentation processes and formation of the canon in its collection. The media library is a site for discussion on artistic, cultural-political and technological developments in dance and theatre, and thus an intersection of archival, theoretical and movement practice.

With its digital platforms and digital projects the media library offers profound insights into artistic and cultural developments in the performing arts in detailed descriptions and thematically organised visual materials.

ITI Germany

Mariannenplatz 2
10997 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 61107650
Fax: +49 30 611076522


Dr. Thomas Engel, Director of ITI
Tel: +49 (30) 611 07 65 0

Christine Henniger, Head of Media Library
Tel: +49 (30) 611 07 65 25

Flanders Arts Institute

January 18th, 2013 by

Flanders Arts Institut

Flanders Arts Institute supports and stimulates the development of the arts and policy. The organisation is active in three main areas.

Analysis & research of the arts landscape
The organisation collects, analyses and publishes data on the arts and policy by consulting with all parties concerned, an active involvement in the field of action, and research into the artistic ecosystem in Belgium and abroad.

Support for artists and organisations
The organisation supports the development of artists and art organisations through knowledge sharing and support on the basis of analysis and research results and with a helicopter vision of the entire artistic ecosystem. Flanders Arts Institute releases publications and presentations, organises information sessions and provides individual advice focused on topical themes and on the sustainable long-term development of the artistic practice.

Internationalisation of the arts
Flanders Arts Institute supports internationalisation in the arts. The organisation stimulates artists and organisations to engage in and maintain international relations by organising visitor and exchange programmes and the organisation of spotlights on Flanders abroad.

Flanders Arts Institute

Ravensteingalerij 38

1000 Brussels



Tom Ruette, Head of Information & Data

Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute

March 1st, 2012 by

The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute has been working since 1 July 2003. It documents, promotes and animates Polish theatrical life, moderates public debate on mod­ern Polish theatre and broadens the perspectives of the accompanying research by supporting research and education projects. It is home to the largest website devoted entirely to Polish theatre –; the only internet-based theatre TV in Poland –; and the PROSPERO online bookstore

The Institute manages the largest collection of theatre paraphernalia in Poland. The Library owns 32,000 Polish and foreign books, theatre magazines and publications; the Theatre Documentation Department holds press cuttings, photographs, theatre bills and programmes etc, whereas over 2,000 digital recordings of performances, rehearsals, and documentaries dealing with Polish and international theatre are stored in the multimedia library, all these collections being available in the reading room. The Institute’s Gallery hosts temporary exhibitions related to theatre (also available online at the Virtual Gallery, At 1 Jazdów Street there is also a fully-equipped theatre hall for organising theatre projects, conferences, meetings and lectures.

The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute organises festivals and reviews, promoting interesting phenomena in Polish theatre, and also carries out educational and research projects. Moreover, it is a member of international organisations gathering European and global institutions of a similar nature (such as SIBMAS and ENICPA).

The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute

ul. Jazdów 1
00-467 Warsaw
Tel: +48 22 501 70 11
Fax: +48 22 501 70 10


Elżbieta Wrotnowska-Gmyz, Director
Tel. +48 22 501 70 02

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Centro de Documentación de Las Artes Escénicas y de la Música

March 1st, 2012 by

Centro de Documentación de Las Artes Escénicas y de la Música

The mission of the Centre for the Documentation of the Performing Arts and Music (CDAEM) is “to collect, systematically organise, preserve, disseminate and make available to researchers, art professionals, educators and general citizens, all compiled artistic, graphic, documentary and audiovisual materials on stage and musical activities in Spain, as well to conduct statistical studies or any other study for their conservation, valuation and study”. The CDAEM continues the rigorous conservation work of previous documentation centres and at the same time introduces the innovation necessary to respond to the challenge of digitalisation and the accessibility demands of users in the 21st century.

With this goal, the Centre works to improve access to its funds through the tools offered by new technologies (website, electronic publications, digitalisation, extensive dissemination of resources) and the generation of projects to give visibility to the resources on our stage and musical heritage.

Centro de Documentación de Las Artes Escénicas y de la Música

Calle Alfonso XII, nº 3-5. Edificio B
28014 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 353 39 41 / +34 91 050 53 14



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