Australia Council for the Arts


The Australia Council has worked in partnership with the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts Network (IETM) since 2009 to develop long term collaborations and co-productions between Australian and European artists. This project has now evolved into a broader engagement with European networks and partners.

The Australia Council will lead an Australian delegation at the 2020 IETM Spring Plenary in Tromsø, Norway. The Council’s International Development Consultant – Europe will work with the delegation in Tromsø.

Tromsø is one of Norway’s most northern cities, situated above the Arctic Circle. The meeting’s theme is activism. Dansearena nord, the Norwegian host of the Spring Plenary Meeting, is partnering with several local partners, including Sámi Lávdi - Sami Association of Performing Arts. First Nations artists and arts workers from Australia seeking connections with Sámi colleagues are encouraged to apply. The event program will also include topics of interest to artists and arts workers working in and with regional communities and/or exploring climate concerns in their work.

Given Tromsø’s significant distance from Australia, applicants are encouraged to extend their time in the region and undertake additional market or career development activities in the Nordic region or beyond. 

Other places of interest in Northern Norway include:

*Located around two hours’ drive from Tromsø.

Other key performing arts festivals and events taking place in the UK and Europe in May include:

Applicants can find more information on the IETM website. Please also check our IETM FAQs for more information.

The Council will provide delegates with $5,000 each towards the cost of attending the meeting and other travel within the region. Supported delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending the meeting including flights, visas, insurance, accommodation and registration.

How to submit an application

Apply ONLINE now

Note, applications to International Development funding opportunities do not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

If you are applying as an organisation, please specify the staff member(s) who will participate in this activity as part of your application. If this changes, please notify us as early as possible as this may affect the status of your application.


To discuss your application, please contact Ellen Dwyer, International Market Adviser, Europe on +61 2 9215 9051 or

Applications close
03 Dec 2019
Performing Arts
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Ellen Dwyer