Call For Speakers and Presenters

Creative Forum – Lisbon, Portugal


PLATFORM shift+ is a 4 year programme, supported by the EU Culture Fund, Creative Europe connecting 11 cultural partners across Europe to meet the challenges and take the opportunities of producing theatre work for young people in an age when they as audiences and participants move fluidly between their real and virtual lives.

We aim to enable theatre-makers to connect with and reflect young people’s reality and inspire them with a belief in theatre as a unique live medium for modern times.

Alongside the development and production of 40 theatre texts and concepts over the 4 years, a programme of 13 Creative Forums will take place between 2015 and 2018.

These will be held in:

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Lisbon, Portugal

Manchester, England

Talinn, Estonia

Creative Forums in 10 Partner Cities

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June 8th – 9th  2015

September  29th  – October 1st  2015

April  22nd  – 25th   2017

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These interdisciplinary Creative Forums will support, encourage and inspire the transnational exchanges of artists and their works through foregrounding the most innovative practices, case studies, and responses to the growing use of technologies in everyday life and the arts.

We will bring together a series of speakers of all ages, professions, and experiences, working across a range of fields, to explore the ways in which emerging technologies continue to reflect, shape, and inspire the world around us.

Our aim is to provide a platform for constructive, interdisciplinary conversations on existing practice, to discuss new avenues of potential development, and to promote interest and growth in this exciting and important aspect of theatrical practice.

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Lisbon Creative Forum shift/alt – ARTS LEARNING TECHNOLOGY

The Creative Forum in Lisbon is being produced in association with the Academy for Theatre and Cinema, Lisbon ESTC and Teatro Bando. We are looking for speakers and contributors to address one or more of the following areas:

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As the programme runs across 4 years we will be looking at finding speakers at various times – so if you are interested but not available for the 1st Forum in Lisbon please do still send in your information.



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If you would like to apply to speak, exhibit, or perform a TED style talk for between 15 and 30 minutes in Lisbon, describe the topic or area you would like to address, and how it applies to one or more of the four areas of interest outlined above. The deadline for submission is Sunday 31 May 2015. Expenses and an honorarium fee will be provided.

You can send your pitch in the form of either an abstract of 300 words, or a link to a video or an example of a previous presentation, or via another medium that communicates what you’d like to discuss, to [email protected].
If you would like more information please contact [email protected].

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