The recent spread of the Coronavirus is pushing States to take harsh measures in the attempt to tackle the pandemic throughout Europe and beyond. The European Dancehouse Network's thoughts are with all those who are suffering because of this virus and sincerely hopes that anyone affected by it gets well soon.

EDN's activities have been either cancelled or are on hold. We will update information on our website when we get further details on how activities will take place in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience.

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Coronavirus and the dance sector

The emergency measures have affected many, especially as our work in contemporary dance takes place through physical encounters and gatherings. EDN stands in solidarity with dance houses and artists affected by the emergency measures to prohibit large gatherings of people with a view to containing the spread of the COVID19 virus.

Without appropriate support measures, these decisions will have devastating economic and social consequences on the sector.

Impact on the sector

To get a better picture on how the dance sector is affected, we have developed a questionnaire for individuals working in the dance sector (artists, freelancers, employed, others).

Please fill in the survey and forward it to any person or organisation that should contribute. Your participation is very much appreciated.

Note: this survey is now closed.

Solidarity in the cultural sector

Advocacy from the culture sector

Whether employed or freelance, workers in the cultural sector, who are often in an already precarious situation, are facing a sudden and dramatic loss of income. We join Cultural Action Europe in its support to PEARLE* statement and urge all governments to adopt emergency measures that may adequately support the sustainability of the cultural sector.

Additionally, we want to point out the resource page made by On the Move in partnership with Circostrada. It is done as a way to gather information and initiatives internationally (particularly in Europe, Asia and the USA) that can be useful to share, know about and/or be inspired from. This page is regularly updated.

Together with other European networks, Culture Action Europe published on March 20 an open letter "Remaining together in times of crisis", addressed to president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Parliament David Sassoli, to EP CULT committee members and to Permanent Representations of the Member States.

Additionally, CAE and other networks presented on March 23 a letter listing the Effect of COVID-19 on Creative Europe and the European Cultural and Creative Sectors. Find the letter here, and on IETM as well.

Together with the European Cultural Foundation, Culture Action Europe launched on March 25 a survey to collaboratively map the emergency response in Europe. Take part before April 1st by following this link: Mapping survey.

Update: The performing arts sector has been deeply impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis. At the dawn of lockdown measures taken by governments across the globe, IETM has circulated a survey among its members to get a grip on how the new reality has affected them so far. Based on the key findings of the survey, this report outlines the situation on an international scale, identifies the most burning needs of the sector in times of the pandemic and presents an overview of governments’ responses to the COVID-19 crisis. The report concludes with policy recommendations intended for EU, national and local authorities.

Information on European level

EU & EACEA response

The COVID-19 crisis has necessarily triggered the measures by national competent authorities to contain the spread of the virus. These may have brought difficulties in the management of international and European projects, especially when it comes to the impossibility of travelling or gathering that some organisations and partners are facing.

The European Commission has published one information page about the Coronavirus pandemic, so did the EACEA. Please make sure to check your grant agreement and to contact your grant officer if you are coordinating a European project; and inform your partners regularly.

Update: please visit this page for a message of the EACEA for the beneficiaries of programmes managed by the Agency.

On March 27th, the Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament warns that the cultural and creative sectors have been ravaged by the impact of stringent public health measures. Commenting on yesterday’s approval by the EP of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, Culture and Education Committee Chair, Sabine Verheyen (EPP, DE), issued the following statement.

EDN announces Ateliers in Barcelona and Helsinki

‘Meeting Grounds’ in Barcelona (Spain) on 5 & 6 July 2021 and ‘Dance on Large Stages’ in Helsinki (Finland) on 22 & 23 July 2021

We are happy to announce this double ‘save the date’ in relation to the upcoming EDN Ateliers where we will experiment hybrid formats with physical and online live contents.

We are looking forward to welcoming dance stakeholders in July!

More practical information will be released soon, including details on the programme and the registration process. For inquiries on upcoming EDN activities, don’t hesitate to contact Engagement & Production Manager Eva Broberg.

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EDN participating to CINARS Web on 26 May 2021

May 26, 2021

Panel discussion dedicated to re-thinking European touring networks

EDN will participate in the panel discussion dedicated to re-thinking European touring networks proposed to international delegates in the framework of the CINARS Web conference.

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Carte Blanche Staff Exchange 2021

April - September 2021

Carte Blanche in online format

Since 2014, EDN offers the possibility for its members to have a staff placement in another dancehouse. Due to the COVID-19, an online format is introduced. 

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Digital festival TanzHochDrei

March 19 - 28

Digital festival will take place from 19 to 28 March 2021 – streamed live from K3.

Live-streams, films, video-documentations and plenty of additional programme with warm-ups, panel discussions, workshops and much more. A pitching event for dramaturges, curators and programmers.

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EDN signs the "Reactivate Cultural Life in Europe" letter

Culture must be included in each and every National Recovery and Resilience Plan

In the open letter published by the group of 110+ pan-European networks, coordinated by Culture Action Europe, the European cultural community call on the Member States and the European Commission to secure a future for culture and cultural life in Europe.

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What’s Next in Restructuring the Dance Ecosystem

Dec 10th, 2020

online conference hosted by European Dancehouse Network

Acknowledging the challenges the European dance sector is facing, EDN’s online conference provides insights into adaptive measures across Europe, emerging practices and current needs, envisioning a renewed dance ecosystem after a period of crisis.

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#DanceAndWellBeing Campaign

Nov 2020 - Feb 2021

Raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing

EDN campaign raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing with weekly online dance classes by EDN members associated artists.

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EDN joins Perform Europe

18-month project to design a future support scheme for cross-border touring and digital distribution of the performing arts

Perform Europe supports experiments with more sustainable ways in cross-border physical and digital distribution of the performing arts in the 41 Creative Europe countries with a view to designing future support schemes for the sector.

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