Autumn is here and a new performing arts season! We are happy to see how well arranged the large Swedish festivals Gothenburg Dance & Theatre Festival and the Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival have been. Many of our members are also out and about in the world right now and we get excited reports from the Edinburgh Fringe as well as the Tanzmesse in Dusseldorf.
We look forward to arranging our next big event, Swedstage, which is where Teaterunionen and Assitej invite people of arts from the whole world to Stockholm, to showcase the very best of Swedish performing arts ready to tour the world.
We are very pleased with the response we received Stockholm Pride this summer with our performing arts theme. The audience numbers were above all expectations, we had to start with changing to larger venues already on the first event. Our invited participants from across the country and Russia were well prepared and made the seminars and talks reach a high level and sharpness even though many came straight from their vacation.
We want to thank everyone who contributed their time and knowledge, and thank our partners, Unga Klara, Stadsteatern Skärholmen, Riksteatern and Stadsteatern Fri Scen. We have great hope that this can become a recurring and growing place for the country’s performing arts to come together and deepen their knowledge and exchange experiences. We will continue our dialogue with the Arts Council, and hope that the concept will ripple toward several pride celebrations in the country.
– Ulricha Johnson, managing director