Focus Next
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Performing Art Focus

Performing Arts and Crossborder Public Policies Focus in partnership with the and the Hauts-de-France Region and the Next Festival.

  • Annecy
  • Barr
  • Bordeaux
  • Brive
  • Cannes
  • Cayenne
    • Chartres
    • Clermont-Ferrand
    • Dijon
    • Famars
    • Grasse
    • Grenoble
    • Laon
    • Le Touquet
    • Lille
    • Lyon
    • Marseille
    • Metz
    • Montpellier
    • Nantes
    • Nice
    • Paris
    • Reims
    • Rouen
    • Saint-Malo
    • Strasbourg
    • Toulouse
    • Tours
    • Vichy
    • Wasselonne
From 14 December 2020 to 15 December 2020
The Institut français and the Hauts-de-France Region are organising a “Spectacle Vivant et politiques publiques transfrontalières” (Performing Arts and Crossborder Public Policies) Focus, in partnership with the Next Festival.
Despite the 2020 edition of the Festival being cancelled, this Focus is maintained and forms part of a support logic to the ICC — and more particularly the Hauts-de-France performing arts sector.

For two days, European professionals are invited to discover the identity of the Next Festival and the work of its partners, its crossborder project, its hybrid and unique artistic programming and the general crossborder cooperation dynamic of this Franco-Belgian space.

Digital encounters, online conferences, performance broadcasting, meetings with the Next Festival artists and partners are on the programme. 

La Rose des Vents, scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d’Ascq - Villeneuve d’Ascq (France) © DR
Kunstencentrum BUDA – Courtrai (Belgique) © DR
Espace Pasolini – Valenciennes (France) © DR
Le Phénix, scène nationale Pôle européen de création – Valenciennes (France) © DR
Théâtre de Courtrai – Courtrai (Belgique) © DR

Aims of the Focus

The “Spectacle vivant et politiques publiques transfrontalières” Focus aims to: 

  •   Highlight the Franco-Belgian crossborder cultural cooperation supported by the Hauts-de-France Region. 
  • Create awareness in Europe of the specific vitality of the live performance ecosystem in Hauts-de-France.
  • Support professional network development in Europe for actors in the Hauts-de-France territories and Franco-Belgian space.
  • Foster projects between European partners and artistic operators in the Hauts-de-France Region.
  • Encourage distributing in Europe the works and productions of the artists programmed by Next Festival. 
  • Develop partnerships, collaborations, and exchanges between European professionals in a context that obliges rethinking models collectively. 
  • Opening work co-production perspectives between French and European actors.

Participants' profile

European programmers: 

This meeting is aimed at European programmers that already show notable interest in developing crossborder projects and/or of which the artistic projects are based around the hybridity of forms. 


European territorial collectivities: 

On the day of 14 December, a special programme will be dedicated to a delegation of European territorial collectivity representatives who develop or wish to undertake regional public policies in favour of crossborder dynamics though cultural project development. 


Agents in office: 

Agents in office, cultural advisors, directors of Instituts français, Alliances françaises, sector officers are invited to take part in this Focus.


Ideally and as far as possible, it is expected that “collectivity – programmer – network agent” groups be created from a same territory to accelerate synergies, without that being strictly necessary.


In this exceptional context, this Focus will take place with a fully digital format. The itinerary of this Focus will be organised around encounters, round tables and performance excerpts. 


1/ A day focussing on crossborder public policies in Europe 

 For interested representatives of European regional collectivities (Town Halls, regions, others, etc.) and network agents, meetings, round tables and specific experience-sharing sessions will be dedicated to them on 14 December, with the theme of regional public policies in favour of crossborder dynamics, in particular for the live performance sector.


2/ Two days of an artistic scouting itinerary: 

The programme will be based on the of the Next Festival artistic programming and will present two show excerpts. 

Each excerpts will be followed by a discussion with the artist and a partner of the Next Festival. 

A conversation with the artist Gurshad Shaheman will be proposed. 

  • « Mailles » by Dorothée Munyaneza (French Artist)
  • « R-A-U-X-A » by Aina Alegre (French Artist)
  • « Bruegel » by Lisaboa Houbrecht (Belgian Artist)
  • « After » by Tatiana Julien (French Artist)
  • « Les antécédentes » by Anna Gaïotti (French Artist)
  • « La Chaleur » by Madeleine Fournier (French Artist)

Some artists have also been invited to present their artistic approach: 

  • Eric Arnal-Burtchy (French Artist)
  • Le Collectif Buren (Belgian Artists)
  • Miet Warlop (Belgian Artist)
  • Aliénor Dauchez (French Artist)
  • Claire Croisé & Etienne Guilloteau – ECCE (Belgian Artists)



The Focus will take place on the Zoom platform and an information exchange space will be put in place on the Slack platform. 

This Focus is organised by the Institut français and the Hauts-de-France Region as part of their partnership agreement. 


  • Anne-Kristell Diraison, chargée de projet Collectivités Territoriales, Département Développement et Partenariats, Institut français
  • Marian Arbre, chargé de projet spectacle vivant/théâtre, Département Développement et Coopérations Artistiques, Institut français
  • Mathilde Chassot, chargée de mission, Direction de la création artistique et des pratiques culturelles, Région Hauts-de-France
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