The partners

Steering committee

French Ministry of Culture – Department of artistic creation (DGCA)

The Department of artistic creation (DGCA) contributes to the development of the European and international initiative for graphic and performing arts. This contribution takes form as provision of resources, tools, education and grants designated for actors of the performing and visual arts, allowing them to develop: professional and artistic mobility measures, distribution of performances and exhibitions, exportation of their craft, cultural engineering, artistic exchanges, partnerships and cultural cooperation, creation and integration into European and international networks. The DGCA contributes to the international regularisation of public policy in the arts.

Institut français

The Institut français is a public institution responsible for French cultural actions abroad. Its initiatives cover various artistic fields, intellectual exchanges, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic cooperation. Throughout the world, it promotes the French language, as well as he mobility of artworks, artists and ideas, and thus works to foster cultural understanding. The Institut français, under the aegis of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, actively contributes to France’s soft diplomacy. Its projects and programs take local contexts into account and can be successfully implemented thanks to the vast network of the French Embassies’ cultural services, as well as the many Instituts français and Alliances Françaises present across five continents.

French Institute of Prague

Since 1920, the French Institute of Prague has been promoting French language and culture in Prague and the Czech Republic. It is a place where Francophones and Francophiles get to meet contemporary players of the French culture at readings, conferences, debates, exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and shows within the framework of European exchange and international dialogue.
The French Institute of Prague thus supports major Franco-Czech cultural projects and cooperates with local organizations in all fields, from new circus to Baroque music.

ARTCENA, Centre national des arts du cirque, de la rue et du théâtre

ARTCENA is the French National Centre for Circus, Street, and Theatre Art. This resource centre is an open and lively rallying point, reinforcing both the foundations and growth of the circus, street, and theatre arts. It works closely with professionals from these three sectors while fulfilling the needs of teachers, students, researchers, as well as the general public.
The centre’s missions are nased on three axes :

  • Sharing knowledge, through a digital reference platform and publications,
  • Providing professional support through advice and training,
  • Supporting and promoting the development of the circus, street and theatre arts. It thereby participates in promoting creation, mainly via the national “Aid for the creation of dramatic texts” initiative, the Grand Prix for Dramatic Literature.

ARTCENA promotes international development : it coordinates Circostrada, the European network for circus and street arts as well as Contxto. Lastly, ARTCENA nourishes reflexion and innovation through debates, but also through future studies labs and themed projects implemented with the players concerned.
ARTCENA is supported by the French Ministy of Culture.

Nanterre-Amandiers - centre dramatique national

Nanterre-Amandiers is a national public theater (Centre Dramatique National) whose mission is to produce and make circulate performances with contemporary aesthetics. The programme makes various performing arts – theater, dance, musical theater, visual arts – meet and circulate, while developing international collaborations and inviting French and international artists. The performances raise questions and depict acts that account for our times, pieces offered by artists who explore new forms of writings for the stage, artists who are controversial and question our preconceptions, artists of our times, who place the present at the heart of their work. Nanterre-Amandiers produces and co-produces new works, invites guest performances, hosts meetings and discussions, organizes tours. It is directed by the artist Philippe Quesne since 2014.


École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs

École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Nantes

École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-La Villette

École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais

École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre-ENSATT

HEAR / Haute École des Arts du Rhin

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3

École supérieure d’art dramatique du Théâtre National de Strasbourg - TNS


Maison Jean Vilar

Jean Vilar passed away in 1971. The necessity of assembling a corpus of documents quickly became apparent: records of his work, the Théâtre National Populaire during his directorship (1951-63) and everything connected with the Festival d’Avignon which he created in 1947.

In 1972, on the initiative of Paul Puaux, his closest collaborator and successor as director of the Festival d’Avignon (1971-79), the Association Jean Vilar was set up and was granted official status as a public interest organisation (allowing it to receive donations and funding).

The Association, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF or French National Library), the Ministry of Culture and the city of Avignon met and agreed on the need to establish a centre dedicated to Jean Vilar and the study of contemporary performing arts.

When the city of Avignon acquired the l’Hôtel de Crochans, in 1979, the Maison Jean Vilarbecame a venue for exhibitions, archives and research as well as a place for meetings and events, in keeping with the spirit of a people’s theatre today. This project joins in a quadripartite agreement between the City of Avignon, the Ministry of Culture, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Jean Vilar association.

The Maison Jean Vilar is :

  • A place of remembrance: to promote interest in the work of Jean Vilar and popular theatre
  • A resource centre allowing both professionals and the general public access to the collections and works: iconographic and audiovisual documents, performance archives, the cultural life of the region, Jean Vilar’s decentralisation initiative and the history of the Festival d’Avignon.
  • A vibrant place: a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and meetings, culminating in the Festival d’Avignon.

Union des scénographes

Created in 1996, the Union of Scenographers (UDS) is a professional, autonomous union for theatre, set design and installation scenographers. The UDS openly accentuates the voluntary bond that brings together scenographers in the exercise of their profession and the achievement of their intellectual, artistic and social mission, regardless of their status (employed or self-employed) and regardless of their specialty (theatre, set design, installation). Under the successive presidencies of Guy Claude François, Christine Marest, Gérard Frisque, Raymond Sarti and, today, Jean-Guy Lecat, the UDS indefatigably upholds the rights and interests of scenographers to public authorities and relevant organisations, establishes the conceptual and structural frames that govern the profession, maintains constant contact between other theatre unions in France, all similar organisations to the UDS abroad and with the professional and economic sphere in general.

The UDS organised under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture the first European gathering of scenographers at the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe in October 2017 and is preparing the next gathering for autumn 2020.

Media Partner


Bilingual (French / English) since 1992, the magazine artpress offers its readers a unique editorial approach: linking the different forms of contemporary creation - visual arts, literature, photography, video, cinema, electronic arts, architecture, dance, theater, music - between them and puting them into perspective.

A supplement on the Prague Quadrennial 2019 produced by artpress, in partnership with ARTCENA, is available here.

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