The Europe Theatre Prize was established in 1986 as a pilot programme of the European Commission, and first awarded in 1987. It is the first cultural initiative in the field of the performing arts launched by the European Community. Since 2002 it has been recognised by the European Parliament and Council as a “European cultural interest organisation”. The last edition was the project that kicked off the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
This year marks a return to Russia, from the 13th to the 17th of November 2018, for the second time St. Petersburg will host the Prize events, a unique occasion to get to know the prizewinning artists and their approach to theatre. The manifestation is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Governor of St. Petersburg, as an event planned within the VII St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
The Baltic House Theatre-Festival of St. Petersburg collaborates, supports and organises in Russia, and presents this year's edition of the Prize.
The Prize assigns two coveted awards: the Europe Theatre Prize and the Europe Prize Theatrical Realities inspired by the desire to recognise significant trends and initiatives in European theatre. There are also Special Prizes and Mentions for artists and authors whose work in and “beyond” the theatre has been characterised by a strong cultural, social and political commitment.
The 17th Europe Theatre Prize will be awarded to Valery Fokin, and a Special Prize will go to Nuria Espert.
The 15th Europe Prize Theatrical Realities will go to Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Cirkus Cirkör, Julien Gosselin, Jan Klata, Milo Rau, Tiago Rodrigues.
The Prize winners will attend the event, presenting shows and performances. They will also participate in meetings and conversations focusing on their approach to the stage.
The five days of the Prize will be packed with plays and performances, like they are at every edition. They will also go beyond mere entertainment and explore themes such as the state of the art of contemporary theatre, its social function, and cross-cultural familiarization.
More information on the Europe Theatre Prize Official Page.