World Scenography

Book Series: World Scenographies World Scenography is a book series that documents significant contemporary theatrical design worldwide since 1975. It is an official project of OISTAT, the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians. The international editorial team for World Scenography is led by co-editors Peter McKinnon (Canada) and Eric Fielding (USA). The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute has been involved in the project since 2010. There has been no comprehensive documentation of global scenography since the four-volume series Stage Design Throughout the World, by Belgian professor René Hainaux, covered the period 1935–1975. This new series will cover the periods of 1975–1990, 1990–2005, and 2005–2015 respectively. The first volume was launched at the USITT Conference in Long Beach, California, in March 2012 and in 2014 it received the USITT’s Golden Pen Award. More information about the project at:

European Route of Historic Theatres

European Route of Historic Theatres The Arts and Theatre Institute (CZ) and Instytut Teatralny im. Zbigniewa Raszewskiego (PL) are partners in a project called the ‘European Route of Historic Theatres’, which is implanted by Perspectiv, the association of historic theatres and was built up 2012-2017. The aim of the project is to create an online database, exhibitions, conferences, and information campaigns designed to chart, describe, and promote historic theatres in Europe and to support tourism connected with such sites. An important part of the project is forming ties and contacts between historic theatres and providing the operators of these theatres with an opportunity to share their experiences. Theatre has been a cornerstone of European culture for over 2,500 years. The buildings created for this art mirror our history. They can be found everywhere in Europe. Together they form a very special part of our common European heritage. The ‘European Route of Historic Theatres’ was initiated in 2007. It proved to be an excellent idea for travellers and theatres alike, and the European Commission agreed to support its extension across all of Europe by 2017. Sixteen partners from twelve countries have joined forces to achieve the following goals: conduct research and present the first ever online database of all historic theatres that still exist in Europe; select the 120 most interesting and best preserved theatre buildings and link them along a single, continuous cultural tourism route across Europe; create a travelling exhibition that presents this heritage in context. More information:

Toneelstof: a dynamic online platform for discursive performing arts history

Between 2007 and 2010 a series of four documentary DVDs was published together with a special issue of the Flemish theater magazine Documenta. The concept was to combine newly conducted in-depth interviews and video material from public television. These DVDs, covering the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, offer a valuable insight into recent developments in the Flemish performing arts. Last summer, the Vlaams Theaterinstituut (VTi) launched a new website, reviving the material from the DVDs within an online environment: The interviews – which are fully text-searchable – are considered the backbone of the website. The visualization on a timeline reveals different kinds of connections and cross-references in the interviews (e.g., who is talking about whom and about which productions?). The interviews are complemented by video fragments, reviews, and photographs from different sources. The VTi database provides extra context about the people, organizations, and productions featuring on the website, and leads visitors to the VTi collection for more thorough research. A wiki functions as a flexible edit environment in order to have the website grow on a daily basis. New interviews are conducted in 2013 and regularly new digital material is added to the website. The website is in Dutch. A presentation on the project in English is available on

Flanders Arts Institute

Flanders Arts Institute

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 landscapeThe 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 organisationsThe 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 artsFlanders 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 Belgium Contacts Tom Ruette, Head of Information & Data