The Catalan Arts virtual stand will showcase Catalan live arts at the 33ª Freiburg Fair (IKF)
The Catalan Arts virtual stand will showcase Catalan live arts at the 33ª Freiburg Fair (IKF)
  • The fair will take place between 18 and 20 January in virtual format
  • The Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg is the leading market for live arts in Germany

Catalan live arts will once again be showcased at the Freiburg International Music and Performing Arts Fair (IKF) with a virtual stand organized by the Department of Culture, through the Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises (ICEC) under the internationalization brand Catalan Arts. The current circumstances marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, have forced the transformation of the event, which was held annually in the German city, into a virtual meeting that will take place from 18 to 20 January.

The Internationale Kulturbörse in Freiburg is one of Germany's leading live art fairs. During the days of the fair, and aiming to act as a link between international professionals and Catalan companies, Catalan Arts will be present as an exhibitor with a Catalan stand that aims to facilitate access to the German market for Catalan companies and give a greater impulse to the sector, making Catalan proposals known to the professional public who attend.

Initially, the fair selected the performances of the following five Catalan companies: OPAK, Labu Teatre, Centre de Títelles de Lleida, Planeta Trampolín and Nom provisional (both managed by La Maleta dels Espectacles agency). Due to the modification of the 2021 edition, it is very likely that the performances will be postponed to the next edition 2022. The companies La Tal, Iluya and Opakar, as well as the agency La Maleta dels Espectacles and the companies it represents will be present with their own virtual stand at the fair.

As for the provisional activity, during the three days of the fair there are scheduled talks, seminars, discussions, and brief presentations of new projects. Festival programmers, both German and Central European, and programmers from cultural institutions, many of them municipal, usually participate. In this edition, both exhibitors and artists and programmers meet to reflect on the music and performing arts industry in the new situation resulting from the great global pandemic caused by Covid-19. Some of the topics that will be discussed will be the legality of the contracts generated in this period, virtual collaborations or funding opportunities. There will also be two awards, corresponding to the categories of music and performing arts respectively.

In recent years, the Catalan live arts have managed to carve out a niche as a benchmark for German programmers, thanks in part to the participation in various editions of the IKF by Catalan companies with productions that have subsequently toured successfully in Germany and Europe.


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