The CONFLICT ZONES network is a three-year programme aiming to explore the conflicts that have been shaping our surroundings, moves and thoughts ever since the beginning of the Great War.

While the first CONFLICT ZONES season of 2014/15 was marked by the year 1914 — regarding a century of changes in the world’s identity, the programme of the 2015/16 season focuses on the second half of the 20th century until today.

Seventy years after the end of World War II, the European identities find themselves being challenged by the revenants, incarnations of long-term consequences of worldwide post-war policies: Migrant tides bringing out the best and worst in Europeans as the continent struggles to cope with an influx of tens of thousands of people.

It is our belief that artists should not stay silent or isolated, and that it is their duty to reflect on the threats that humanity is facing.

In the years between 2014 and 2018, our member theatres are working as one mobile network in the different CONFLICT ZONES of our history. A series of productions tackling the different conflicts that have been shaking the lines of Europe from the outbreak of the Great War until today will continue to be brought before the eyes of the audiences of Europe. We could leave these national artistic works within their national context, but in our view of a united and open Europe a common sense of awareness can only be developed through dialogue and exchange.


A three-year programme

For theatre professionals, artists and spectators

Featuring festivals, showcases, assemblies, conferences, round-tables, masterclasses, think-tanks and other various activities

Produced by the Union of European Theatres

And all the UTE member theatres

With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

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