International online conference on the future of performing arts 18 Nov.


No More Social Kissing – An international online conference on the future of performing arts

The tenth annual AKCENT International Documentary Theatre Festival organized by the Archa Theatre will present a new Covid-19-inspired theatrical principle: virtual theatre.

The online festival will open with the international conference No More Social Kissing on the future of live art. Join us on November 18.

Is it important to greet one another with social kisses? Is it possible to create a theatre without physical contact? How are our cultural patterns changing? What will artistic mobility look like in the coming years? Archa will connect with artists and producers in Edinburgh, Vienna, Ghent, Budapest, Brussels, Sheffield, Aarhus, Philadelphia, Buenos Aires, Prague and Beijing.

The panelists of the conference are:

Tim Etchells, artist and theatre director, Forced Entertainment, Sheffield
Pieter De Buysser, writer, playwright, director, Brussels
Wen Hui, dancer, choreographer, documentary filmmaker, Beijing
Kira Kirsch, artistic director, Brut Theatre, Vienna
Kristof Blom, artistic director, CAMPO, Ghent
Gyuri Szabó, managing director, Trafó Art Center, Budapest
Henk Keizer, coordinator of Art in Rural European Areas, Denmark/Netherlands
Jan Mocek, theatre director, Prague
Lola Arias, artist and theatre director, Buenos Aires
James Ijames, artistic co-director of the Wilma Theater, Philadelphia,
Ondrej Hrab, artistic and executive director, Archa Theatre, Prague
Hester Chillingworth, non-binary performance maker, director, London

The conference is moderated from Edinburgh by Robert Palmer, international cultural expert and member of the Board of Archa Theatre

Have a conversation with us on 18 November from 15:00 to 17:30 CET on

Meeting ID: 853 8813 1372
Passcode: 052859