International seminar on Community Arts with Appalshop, USA & ICAF, Netherlands

Contact: Kathryn Hopkins ()

acta and University of Exeter Drama Department are proud to present:

International seminar on Community Theatre and Arts
with Eugene van Erven – ICAF (International Community Arts Festival ) Rotterdam, Netherlands
and Alex Gibson – Appalshop Kentucky, USA

12 June 1.30pm – 4.30pm
acta Centre, Bristol BS3 3AY

FREE event

This is the 17th seminar in a series produced by acta theatre (supported by ACE, Paul Hamlyn Foundation). The seminar series aims to provide a much-needed space for practitioners, participants and stakeholders/partners to come together to share experiences, methodologies and practices of community arts and to disseminate this knowledge throughout the wider cultural sector.

As community arts and theatre enjoys a resurgence in the UK,  acta has invited two international experts to share their thoughts and experience of the “State of the (community) Arts,” in Europe, USA and across the world.

What can we learn from the experience and practice in other countries? How will UK community theatre makers continue to have an international presence in the future? How can we use these examples to strengthen the case for community theatre development in the UK?

Because for sure, there has never been such a need for this work in our increasingly divided country.

To discuss these questions, and in what can only be described as a ’coup’,  acta is hosting two extraordinary guests, from two equally extraordinary organisations:

Alex Gibson is Executive Director of Appalshop, a multi-media arts organization established in the Appalachian Mountains since 1969, growing from the trail-blazing Roadside Theatre project

Eugene van Erven, is director of the ICAF – International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam, and widely recognised as an expert in global community theatre.

The seminar has been organised in partnership with University of Exeter Drama department, and will be chaired by Neil Beddow, AD of acta.

To book your free place, please email  

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