New Stages Southeast

New Stages Southeast ©Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki/Giorgos Kogias

Mon, 11.01.2021 -
Fri, 31.12.2021



About the project

The Goethe-Instituts in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Cyprus are starting the long-term project “New Stages South-East”, aiming at highlighting and supporting new dramaturgy in the region and encouraging cross-border exchange in the field.

Starting in 2021 Goethe-Institut will launch a broad platform in all participating countries including workshops, seminars, public readings, experimental formats and concluding in 2023 with a presentation in Germany and a publication.

Each country will select 5-6 local authors, who will participate in a workshop organized in their country of origin. The playwrights will be expected to participate with an unpublished new stage play or draft. The participants will also have the chance to take part in one of the workshops organized in other cities of Southeast Europe. The Goethe-Institut will choose and match along applicants´ work, interests, contacts and preferences.
The workshops aim to make the participants reflecting on their artistic practice and on particular topics as well as to support them in the development of a new project. Developing and finishing a new stage play in the period of the project is not mandatory. Anyways, those who finish and submit their work by the end of 2022 can be selected to participate in the concluding stage of the project in Germany 2023.

In the concluding phase of the project in 2023 a jury will select a number of projects, which will be presented in Germany.
Workshop for Playwrights and Laboratory of Interantional Exchange in Thessaloniki 2021
The Goethe-Institut in Greece opens his call for authors in January 2021. Six playwrights from Greece will be selected to participate in the project.
On March, 19th – 21st, Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki will organize a 3 days event. The program will include a 2days workshop with the playwrights and with experts from Germany and Greece to discuss and further develop projects and new stage plays of the greek participants. The workshop will be followed up by a one day Laboratory of International Exchange with guests from the other involved countries. Travel costs and lodging will be covered by the Goethe-Institut.
Depending on Covid Prevention the event will either take place in Thessaloniki, or will be held in hybrid or online format. The Laboratory on the 3rd day will be promoted and streamed online in all participating countries.

Open call 2021 for greek participants
  • You are an emerging playwright. You are working on a new project and you are open to discuss it,  get feed back and professional input on the further devopment of your Theater play.
  • You are as well interested in networking with an international community of young authors and theatre practioners. You are interested in new developments and common issues on European stages.
  • You are interested and willing to travel to a similar event of our project  in a neighbour country as well as to a final event in Germany. Due to the  pandemic situation you are also willing to work in hybrid and online formats on this project.
  • You speak fluently English and you are open to use English as working language, even if your writing language remains mother tongue (greek language).   
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