Yesterday, the 18th of October 2020, the UTE members met for the second general assembly of the year. Initially planned for Athens, the meeting took place online for the safety of our members. The members discussed the development of the Union, as well as important future projects meant to bring them together and increase the value of the UTE network. Two project proposals – Venice and Catastrophe – were presented in the assembly.
During the general assembly presidential and board elections took place. Mr Gábor Tompa will continue his activity as UTE president.
Currently, the artistic director at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj in Romania, Gábor Tompa wishes to continue his project of reviving the UTE Festival, as well as strengthening the cultural collaboration between the members of the Union through concrete platforms and exchange projects. The first UTE Festival after an 11 years hiatus successfully took place in Cluj, Romania, last November, hosted by the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj. A portion of the Interferences Festival 2020 (19 – 29 November 2020, Hungarian Theatre of Cluj) will be dedicated to the celebration of 30 years since the founding of UTE. Exciting event and an anniversary photo album are planned for this event.
A new board was elected, to work closely with the president in realizing the major projects they envisioned. We congratulate the new members of the board: Csaba Antal (Budapest, Hungary), Nuno Cardoso (Porto, Portugal), Francisca Carneiro Fernandes (Porto, Portugal), Florian Hirsch (Luxembourg, Luxembourg), Amalia Kondoyanni (Thessaloniki, Greece), Irina Tokareva (Moscow, Russia) and wish them and the UTE president a successful mandate.
This general assembly also marked the return of National Theatre of Northern Greece as a UTE member. Under the new leadership of Nikos Kolovos, the NTNG expressed the wish to continue in the Union and continue their international collaboration. The UTE members voted to reinstate them. We warmly welcome them back and hope to many successful projects.
The UTE is also happy to announce the vote of a new UTE Honorary Member – Anna Badora. For her work and commitment to the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe for many years, the UTE members decided to grant Mrs Badora the title of Honorary Member. As artistic director of Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, Schauspiel Graz and Volkstheatre Wien, Anna Badora was always an essential part in the development of the UTE.
We thank the members for their presence and for putting forward their ideas of collaboration and common projects.