Lead partner: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Belgium)
Artform: Performing arts
Year funded: 2012
Funding strand: Strand 1.1. Multi-annual cooperation projects 
Amount awarded: €2,500,000
Total project budget: €5,000,000
Project start date: 1 November 2012
Project end date: 31 October 2017


Dublin Theatre Festival (Ireland); Alkantara – Associação Cultural (Portugal); Foundation Rakvere Theatrehouse (Estonia); Göteborgs Stads Kulturforvaltning (Sweden); Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen (Netherlands); steirischer herbst festival gmbh, (Austria); Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Acquitaine (France).


Eight European festivals have joined forces to stimulate the coproduction and transnational circulation of new works by the great European artists of tomorrow and in so doing to encourage the artistic renewal of the contemporary performing arts in Europe. The artists we want to support through this collaboration have already demonstrated their potential in their first artistic works. Now they are ready to take an important next step in their careers, taking on projects on a larger scale that will circulate in Europe and reach a wider audience.

The NXTSTP network co-produces the creation of new works, giving artists valuable financial support. The works are presented in different festivals, ensuring a real transnational circulation and a high visibility among international audiences. In addition, the festivals offer artists’ residencies to emerging European and non-European artists, providing further means to advance the performing arts scene in Europe.

The first term of NXTSTP ran from 2007 to 2012. Dublin Theatre Festival joined the network for its second edition, which began in November 2012, supported by an award of funding for five years from the Culture Programme of the European Union. Dublin Theatre Festival 2013 featured two NXTSTP projects: Germinal by Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort (France) and Tiago Rodrigues’s Three Fingers Below the Knee, produced by Mundo Perfeito (Portugal).

Further information


Even at this early stage, participation in the NXTSTP network has been very beneficial in research for the Dublin Theatre Festival programme. Formal and informal meetings and other contact with network partners result in a valuable exchange of information about high quality artistic projects at the early stages of their development and are of great assistance in planning. The network is also an important forum in which to present the practices of Irish artists with a view to increasing their mobility throughout Europe. The funding available to invest in productions is a considerable resource for furthering the careers of emerging European artists, and it enables the organisation to mitigate the extra costs of travel and freight when inviting productions to Dublin.

Irish organisation profile

Dublin Theatre Festival, established in 1957, is an annual event running over 18 days from the last Thursday in September. Each year the festival programme includes around 30 productions by Irish and international artists for audiences from age 2 upwards, across a range of scales and contemporary forms.