With Rucera Seethal (Artistic Director National Arts Festival, Makhanda), Kee Hong Low (Curator, Hong Kong International Black Box Festival, Hong Kong) and Sepehr Sharifzadeh (Co-founder Re-connect Online Performance Festival, Tehran)
Host: Dagmar Walser (cultural journalist, Basel)
Since the beginning of physical distancing, shutdowns and the added restrictions of international mobility performing arts venues, producers and curators around the world have been developing strategies to adapt their artistic programmes to the new pandemic-related circumstances and to create alternative ways of bringing performers and audiences together. Some of them had to re-invent their modes of operation and communication within months, some partly built on the experience of previous or ongoing crises. This conversation will revolve around the challenges and potentials of organising festivals and other live art programmes in times of pandemic: how to connect performing artists, communities, and publics in alternative and effective ways, both locally and trans-locally. Drawing on recent experiences with artistic programme making in South Africa, Iran and Hong Kong, the invited speakers will discuss different approaches to the organisation and presentation of performance events and new perspectives for how to enable international exchange and collaboration in the Performing Arts during periods of crisis and beyond.