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 Atelier in Dresden (Germany)

1-2 October 2021

EDN Atelier will take place in Dresden (Germany) on 1 & 2 October 2021

In the frame of the dance festival “Dancing About”, TANZPAKT Dresden, HELLERAU and Villa Wigman will be hosting an EDN Atelier with the topic “Mobility of Artists, Mobility of Ideas”.

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EDN announces Forum ‘Dance and its audience’

16 Sep - 7 Oct 2021

Online Forum co-organized by The Place & Sadler’s Wells

The online forum co-organized by EDN and The Place & Sadler's Wells will invite artists, producers, promoters, and other dance professionals from all over Europe for online discussions. 

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EDN Atelier Helsinki ‘Creation of dance work’

8-9 September 2021

EDN Atelier will take place online on 8 & 9 July 2021 in the context of SPARKS project

With the arrival of the new venue of 700/220 seats in Helsinki, the team at Tanssin Talo will host a dialogue with European and international colleagues to unpack the diverse potentials and issues concerning creating and presenting dance in different contexts, economies and conditions.

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Mapping Dance and Dance Teaching

3-4 September 2021

Past(s), Present and Future(s)

Discover the programme and attend the September 2021 conference organised by the Royal Academy of Dance to discuss, debate and contemplate past, present and future potentialities of dance and dance teaching. Note that this conference was postponed by 1 year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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EDN announces Carte Blanche for Artists in Lyon (France)

30 August - 1 September 2021

Hosted by Maison de la Danse, Lyon (France) in the framework of Cellule d´Essai

EDN members’ associated artists are invited to join the artistic research session Cellule d’Essai, at Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France. Deadline is 30 June 2021 and first-come-first-served is applied.

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EDN Atelier ‘Meeting Grounds’ in Barcelona (Spain)

5-6 July 2021

EDN Atelier ‘Meeting Grounds’ will take place in Barcelona (Spain) on 5 & 6 July 2021

‘Meeting Grounds’ is a gathering about contemporary performing arts, thinking in/out Africa, organized by Mercat de les Flors casa de la dansa and Graner creation center for dance and live arts, in the context of Grec festival of Barcelona.

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EDN announces new members

30 June 2021

EDN now consists of 47 members from 28 different countries

On Annual General Assembly in June 2021, EDN members have unanimously accepted Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and AREAL | space for choreographic development as new members of our network.

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Post-Brexit Mobility

23 June - 20 October 2021

Welcoming UK-based dance professionals in Europe

EDN organises a series of three webinars on the impacts of Brexit on the mobility flows in the dance field between the UK and Europe. 

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New members of EDN

Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and AREAL | space for choreographic development join EDN

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Perform Europe’s call for international touring and distribution grants is now open

15 June - 7 July 2021

The applications for step 1 are open until 7 July at 23:59 CEST on the Perform Europe Digital Platform.

This call is open to all performing arts producers (organisations, companies, artists, collectives) and presenters (venues, festivals and any type of organisation offering a presenting context) based in all the Creative Europe countries and in the UK. We are particularly trying to reach out to all the professionals who belong / feel like they belong to an underrepresented group within the performing arts landscape.

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EDN Carte Blanche for Communication Teams

May - October 2021

A new informal and recurring online gathering for EDN Communication Teams

One hour online gatherings on Fridays every 3-4 weeks for members of the Communication Departments at EDN members.

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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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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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