Artists, producers and all professionals on dance sector: The international encounter Stretch in Gothenburg, August 2020, is for you. Save the date!

Sanna Kangasluoma, 11.2.2020

The Stretch encounter comes back, now with the theme 'Expanding the movement'. Last year it was a success and attracted 254 dance professionals from several countries to Turku, Finland, to share, discuss and work together. Now the event takes place in Gothenburg Sweden, in the same communal ambience, at the same time with Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival.

Keđja presents STRETCH 2020 – August 20–22 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

This international dance encounter means three full days of talks, discussions, workshops, morning classes, performances, and a chance to meet colleagues from the Nordic-Baltic countries, Slovenia, Scotland, and all over Europe.

The theme of the gathering is Expanding the movement. It addresses the relationship between art and society, participation, audiences, community art, dramaturgy, communication, international work and touring. We especially invite artists, producers, venues, presenters and other professionals working on the field of dance to join the conversation on how we create a more sustainable future for the field of dance.

A peek into the programme

Jo Parkes © Marion Borris

The registration to the event will start in March but we are thrilled to reveal a peek into the programme keynotes:

Jo Parkes is a dance artist and dance educator (Germany/UK). She creates participative projects: installations, performances in public space, events and videos. She is founder and artistic director of Mobile Dance, an organisation which works with socially engaged, co-creative, participative dance. Jo is a keynote speaker and will lead a workshop on participation and community dance during Stretch 2020. More about Jo Parkes ›

Nils Righolt

Niels Righolt has a broad background and experience from more than 25 years in the arts field. He is director of the Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture CKI and has worked within a variety of cultural institutions over the years. At present Niels is a board member of the Danish contemporary dance scene Dansehallerne in Copenhagen and the Audience Europe Network. Niels is a keynote speaker and will talk about cultural policies and audiences at Stretch 2020. More about Niels Righolt ›


Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival takes place from 21st to 29 August – so you can enjoy lots of performances parallel with Stretch encounter.

Gothenburg photos © Beatrice Törnros

Gothenburg is in the heart of Scandinavia, on the West Coast of Sweden. It’s easy to travel there in an environmental friendly way – by railway, bus or sea. See more about travelling to Gothenburg ›

Welcome to Gothenburg!
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Stretch Gothenburg 2020 is organised by Cultural Development Administration Region Västra Götaland (former Kultur i Väst) in collaboration with the Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival, the City of Gothenburg, The Museum of World Culture and NorrlandsOperan. With the support of Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point and Region Västra Götaland.

Missed STRETCH Turku last year? See what we wrote about it › and about the outcomes ›.

Keđja is a network invested in the future of dance.
The partners from the Nordic-Baltic countries, Scotland and Slovenia create opportunities, activities and places to raise important questions towards a more sustainable dance field.
We believe that by coming together we can achieve so much more.

The keđja partners 2020:

Dansverkstæðið, Island
Bora Bora, Denmark
Dance Info Finland
Regional Dance Center of Western Finland, Finland
Dansearena Nord, Norway
Estonian Dance Art and Dance Education Union, Estonia
Contemporary Dance Association in Lithuania, Lithuania
Latvian Dance Information Center
Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Work Room, Scotland,UK
NorrlandsOperan, Sweden
Cultural Development Administration Region Västra Götaland, Sweden (former Kultur i Väst)