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The Canoe Stories Festival and the Return of the Canoes Opening Event are activities and events highlighting expressions of culture and relationships to the Lands and Waters through the Indigenous art, architecture, and engineering of the vessels that move, carry, and connected us through our landscapes, earthly and spiritual.

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Hijinx Academy (learning disabled actor trainees) work with leading companies eg Spymonkey, Punchdruk etc to create a key component for the festival. They are joined by leading disability-led work from across the world. There is also a participatory programme.

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The non-profit association Integrative Kulturarbeit was founded in 2005 in Linz / Upper Austria with the aim of promoting the art of people with disabilities and making it accessible to the general public in as comprehensive a form as possible.

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Dance, theatre, music, performing art and visual art are all represented in this mix and audiences flock to these popular shows that include the work of the Standard Bank Young Artists. The Main Programme features international work as well as brand-new work from South Africa’s top talent.

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URB is an annual urban art and culture festival that presents the influence of ever-changing urban and youth culture on different forms of contemporary art. The festival is produced by Kiasma Theatre.

URB makes space for incompleteness, enables experiment and connects communities, artists and actors. The festival events spread out from the museum and the black box to various urban spaces, asking to whom and on what terms urban art can exist.

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Silence Festival gathers the most interesting performances and artists from Finland and abroad to Lapland. The multidisciplinary program of art and culture is spread in and around Kaukonen village. At the Silence Festival you will experience art, beautiful nature and a very special atmosphere.

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Kunstenfestivaldesarts is an international arts festival dedicated to contemporary theatre, performance and dance. It occasionally also opens itself to film and visual arts. It is the live character of these disciplines that brings them all together. The festival explores hybrid and unconventional forms, and always addresses these fundamental questions: what can live on stage mean today? Who is represented? And who’s watching, who’s experiencing this live moment?

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The Taipei Arts Festival continues to be in this city, bringing together the creativity of outstanding artists from home and abroad, inviting citizens to participate together, presenting themselves with art, embracing differences with dialogue, presenting Taipei’s characteristics and vitality, connecting the world. The cultural landscape of the city.

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Seoul Fringe Festival believes that arts connect people. Support us in our effort to connect artists and citizens, so that more artists can create and more people can enjoy art. When you support Fringe, you advocate freedom of expression. 

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By engaging with artists, connecting with communities and forming collaborations, Scottish Mental health Arts Film Festival celebrates the artistic achievements of people with experience of mental health issues, exploring the relationship between creativity and the mind, and promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

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DaDaFest International is a critically acclaimed and award-winning biennial festival, which showcases high quality and exciting work in key arts venues across Liverpool city. It challenges stereotypes and celebrates disability and deaf cultures.

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Out of the Box Biennial of Inclusive Arts takes place in cultural venues across Geneva around with an inclusive arts programme i.e. artistic productions characterized by the inclusion of artists with disabilities. Unique in French-speaking Switzerland, this event aims to rethink the relationship between art and disability.

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The festival NO LIMITS is looking for strategies on how artists with disabilities can act politically on stage.

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Work selected will be across art-form genres, ranging across theatre, dance, visual arts, digital art, live art and children’s work. The programme will also include a series of talks and debates delivered by UK artists and arts consultants. International delegates are encouraged to attend and to consider work for inclusion in their programmes, and to forge relationships with the UK disability arts constituency to broker relationships with the UK disability arts sector.

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With meaningful engagement opportunities from artists talks, workshops, discussions and the festival bar—House Pour, the Festival House breaks down the walls between artists and audiences to create unique experiences and inspiring artistic encounters.

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The Festival presents the most interesting international avant-garde and independent works including theatre shows, concerts, and exhibitions. It also engages its audiences in workshops and panel discussions.

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The My Body My Space: Public Arts Festival (MBMS) is a festival of public performances and exhibitions that takes place in public spaces throughout the Emakhazeni Local Municipality (ELM), in rural Mpumalanga. This unique rural Public Arts festival brings together the diverse rural citizenry of Emakhazeni by disrupting the familiar ways in which people move through shared social spaces.

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In any country, no matter where you are, come to Konya. Let us share the enthusiasm of our festival together this year. Even if we live with different religions, cultures, and speak the same language with different dialects and dialects gelin let our voice, our breath and our voice be in this open-air museum in a friendly, brotherly, tolerant and peaceful way.

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There are two key aims: First, to develop the idea of a relaxed performance/screening further to create an entire festival that’s designed to be as autism-friendly as possible. Second, to be a celebration of autistic creativity, with a range of performances, films, installations and an exhibition of visual art by artists on the spectrum.

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The Festival reflects our contemporary, cosmopolitan city with its many communities. It challenges artists and audiences to be bold and take a risk. Through the work of artists of Aotearoa and across the world, we aim to unify, enlighten and inspire the people of Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau and our many visitors.

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For 59 years Adelaide Festival audiences have delighted in an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays. Enjoyed amid warm March days and starry nights, Adelaide Festival’s celebration of creative excellence makes for an event of truly epic proportions.

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The Setouchi International Art Festival is based on the theme of “restoration of the sea,” revitalizing the islands of Setouchi where beautiful nature and humans have intermingled and symphony, and the Setouchi will be the “sea of ​​hope” of all areas on the earth we aim for.

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The Dunedin Fringe Festival is the world’s southernmost festival of its kind. Initiated in 2000, Dunedin Fringe aims to bring experimental contemporary art to a wider audience and to support the work of emerging artists. Dunedin Fringe is an annual event which happens every March timed to coincide with other fringe festivals in New Zealand and Australia.

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Over 4 weeks, young and underrepresented voices will occupy all corners of Battersea Arts Centre.

Theatre, music, live games, virtual experiences, rap, poetry and installations collide as old certainties are overturned and new possibilities imagined. As the UK faces an uncertain future, Homegrown Festival: Occupy shines a light on new perspectives.

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The Embassy of India in Egypt and Teamwork Arts present ‘India by the Nile’, a celebration of the essence of India through classical music, dance, theatre, visual art, film, food and sports in a medium, which perfectly amalgamates the contemporary with the classic.

Since the festival’s inception in 2013, India and Egypt, natural allies with colourful cultural legacies, and with affinities towards the performing and visual arts, cuisine and objets d’art, have come together in wonderful artistic partnerships. It is culture which weaves together bilateral relationships in the real sense of the terms – no dialogue is more effective and memorable that that which is based on the matrix of a country’s heritage, an integral part of its identity. And it is dialogue which is proliferated through partnerships in art, that forms the building block for enduring future relationships.

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PERFORMATIK
March

Every other year, Performatik showcases contemporary performance art or ‘live art’, together with a great many Brussels partners. For eleven days, artists enter a twilight zone in which they tinker with the codes of both the performing arts and the visual arts. Performance has flourished in the arts world in the past, but over the past few years has increasingly come to occupy its own distinct space.

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Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) is Egypt’s only international multi-disciplinary contemporary arts festival that takes place over three weeks between March and April each year, at multiple sites in Downtown Cairo. D-CAF includes local, regional and international music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature and film by cutting-edge artists from Egypt, the Arab world, and beyond. In addition to featuring established Downtown cultural spaces and theatres, D-CAF breaks new ground by using non-traditional sites such as historical buildings, storefronts, alleyways, and rooftops for performances, events, and arts installations, with the aim of bringing both audiences and performers to engage with the city in a new way.

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Founded in 2004 and organised by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, the annual multidisciplinary Festival is the largest cultural celebration in the entire region and reaches across the world through co-commissions and the international presentation of innovative Arab creativity. In essence, Abu Dhabi Festival strives to deepen global cross-cultural dialogue whilst inspiring a deeper interest in the cultures of the Arab world.

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Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts is an artistic celebration of our connection to contemporary Asia. Asia TOPA will bridge diverse art forms including performance, visual, screen and literary arts.

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The Banco do Brasil Cultural Center hosts the Summer Contemporary Art Festival – VAC, a multidisciplinary festival with theater, dance, visual arts, cinema, literature and music attractions.

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Janiero De Grandes Espetáculos is the most important festival of scenic arts in Pernambuco, one of the largest in Brazil. 

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The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an annual festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and mixed media created and presented by Singaporeans and international artists. Themed differently each year, the Fringe aims to bring the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially engaged works to the Singapore audience.

The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is set to be a creative centre, with the twin purpose of innovation and discussion, a platform for meaningful and provocative art to engage our increasingly connected and complex world.

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The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an annual festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and mixed media created and presented by Singaporeans and international artists. Themed differently each year, the Festival aims to bring the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially engaged works to the Singapore audience.The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is set to be a creative centre, with the twin purpose of innovation and discussion, a platform for meaningful and provocative art to engage our increasingly connected and complex world.

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CAN Festival
January

CAN Festival is the first arts festival in the UK dedicated to showcasing to the public performing arts that explore contemporary Chinese themes, perspectives and art forms. The festival showcased a diverse range of art forms (music, drama, live art, dance, films, digital arts) with over 60 events across London.

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Serendipity Arts Festival is a multidisciplinary Festival that brings together performative, visual, and culinary practices from India and beyond, in ways unseen before. Spread across various venues in Panaji, Goa, the Festival serves as a platform for eminent and emerging artists to showcase their work and collaborate.

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Polski Transfer
November

HELLERAU – European Centre of the Arts, located in Dresden, near the borders to the Czech Republic, but also to Poland, sees itself as a hub between Western and Eastern Europe with the associated questions of identity and history in a regional and global context. HELLERAU is concerned to invite its neighbours* and to stimulate a dialogue beyond the rapid politics of the day through contemporary stage arts.

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Since 1972, the Festival International Cervantino (FIC) has convened in Guanajuato, Mexico, the best of music, theater, literature, performing arts and visual arts. 

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The China Shanghai International Arts Festival is a major international cultural event hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China and hosted by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. It is the only national-level comprehensive international art festival in China. Since 1999, the China Shanghai International Arts Festival has been guided by the concept of “innovative development” and has adhered to the road of brand development. It has become an important window for China’s foreign cultural exchanges and one of the most influential art festivals in the international art scene.

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Welcome to the biennial New Vision Arts Festival! Our line-up showcases the Festival’s role as a creative platform, where artistic genres and cultural insights converge and energize innovation, bringing a new viewing experience to the audience.

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Emphasizing on music, the character of the Festival expanded to include the fields of theatre, dance, film and visual arts. It became a platform of fruitful and constructive dialogue, a melting pot of ideas and a venue of leading cultural events.

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Melbourne International Arts Festival is one of Australia’s leading international arts festivals and has an outstanding reputation for presenting unique international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, free and outdoor events over 17 days each October.

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Actoral
September

With multidisciplinary programming that combines theater, dance, visual arts, performance, music, film and literature, actoral, an international festival, gives to see and hear the diversity and vitality of contemporary creation. Each autumn for three weeks, more than two hundred French and international artists join Marseille to perform.

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ANTI began life in 2002. Held annually in Kuopio, Finland, the city hosts the festival, projects by artists from around the world inhabit the spaces of public life – homes, shops, city squares, business, forests, lakes – and directly engage communities and audiences in the making and showing of their work. The festival is free to attend.

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Divadelna Nitra
September

The International Festival Divadelna Nitra is the largest theatre festival in Slovakia. It is also one of the most important international activities in the cultural area in Slovakia. Divadelna Nitra is a recognised activity in the European context. It is organised every year towards the end of September since 1992. It is a selective, but non-competitive parade of the top European production focused on mainly the drama/play, susceptible to dance, music, puppet theatre and also the visual theatre. It selects the non-traditional, innovative and inspirational scenic theatre, it informs about the new tendencies and about the new names of the artists. It consists of the rich accompanying and working programme, it offers space to other types of art and to the representation of regional cultural activities.

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Theaterfestival Basel presents an international, biennial festival program featuring a range of genres and forms: from city projects to renowned dance and theatre productions, performances, nouveau cirque and installations.

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The Eisteddfod is the natural showcase for music, dance, visual arts, literature, original performances and much more. Encompassing all aspects of the arts and culture in Wales, it is an inclusive and welcoming festival, which attracts thousands of Welsh learners and those who do not speak the language as well as Welsh speakers every year.

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Cena Contemporánea  is the most important stage of Brasilia, with 30 companies per year and an audience of 60,000 people. The festival is celebrated for 13 days with a programme of theater, dance, music, visual arts, workshops, video screenings and discussions, covering a dozen areas of great variety.

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Helsinki Festival is the largest arts festival in Finland, organised annually in late summer. The festival’s aim is to make art accessible for all. The programme line-up features classical and world music, theatre, dance, circus and visual arts as well as a range of urban events.

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SAMPO Festival brings renowned puppet artists from around the world to Helsinki for the third time to perform and take part in workshops and discussions about and around puppetry. 

Our program offers memorable, touching and entertaining performances for children and adults. One of the biggest puppetry festivals in Finland, it showcases artists from across the field, different styles of puppetry and visual theatre, and crosses borders between different fields of art. In addition to performances, the program also features workshops and diverse artist meetings.

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The Vrystaat Arts Festival • Tsa-Botjhaba is an Afrikaans language festival that forges creative connections with English and Sotho cultures. We contribute to the exchange of ideas around arts, culture and society through connections with other national and international creative communities.

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Festivals

  • Canoe Stories Festival

    Canoe Stories Festival

    June , Ottawa, Canada, North America

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  • Hijinx Theatre Unity Festival

    Hijinx Theatre Unity Festival

    June , Wales, United Kingdom

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  • Sicht: Wechsel

    Sicht: Wechsel

    June , Linz, Austria

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  • National Arts Festival

    National Arts Festival

    June , Makhanda, South Africa

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  • URB festival

    URB festival

    June , Helsinki, Finland

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  • Silence Festival

    Silence Festival

    June , Kaukonen, Finland

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  • Kunstenfestivaldesarts

    Kunstenfestivaldesarts

    May , Brussels, Belgium

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  • Taipei Arts Festival

    Taipei Arts Festival

    May , Taipei, Taiwan, Asia

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  • Seoul Fringe Festival

    Seoul Fringe Festival

    May , Seoul, Korea, Asia

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  • Scottish Mental Health Arts Film Festival

    Scottish Mental Health Arts Film Festival

    May , Scotland

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  • DaDaFest International

    DaDaFest International

    May , Liverpool, England

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  • Out of the BOX Festival

    Out of the BOX Festival

    May , Geneva, Switzerland

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  • No Limits Festival

    No Limits Festival

    May , Berlin, Germany

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  • Unlimited Festival of Disability Arts

    Unlimited Festival of Disability Arts

    May , Southbank Centre, London, England

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  • Singapore International Festival of the Arts

    Singapore International Festival of the Arts

    May , Singapore, Malaysia

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  • PESTKA – International Festival of Avant-garde Theatres

    PESTKA – International Festival of Avant-garde Theatres

    April , Jelenia Góra, Poland

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  • My Body My Space: Public Arts Festival

    My Body My Space: Public Arts Festival

    April , Mpumalanga, South Africa, Africa

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  • Konya Thousand Breathing Sound International Turkish Theater Festival of Countries

    Konya Thousand Breathing Sound International Turkish Theater Festival of Countries

    April , Konya, Turkey, Eurasia

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  • Autism Arts Festival

    Autism Arts Festival

    April , Canterbury, United Kingdom

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  • Auckland Arts Festival

    Auckland Arts Festival

    March , Auckland, New Zealand

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  • Adeleide Festival

    Adeleide Festival

    March , Adelaide, Australia

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  • Setouchi Triennale

    Setouchi Triennale

    March , Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan, Asia

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  • Dunedin Fringe

    Dunedin Fringe

    March , Dunedin, New Zealand

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  • Homegrown Festival: Occupy

    Homegrown Festival: Occupy

    March , London, United Kingdom

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  • India by the Nile

    India by the Nile

    March , Cairo, Egypt

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  • PERFORMATIK

    PERFORMATIK

    March , Brussels, Belgium

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  • DCAF – Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival

    DCAF – Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival

    March , Cairo, Egypt

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  • Abu Dhabi Festival

    Abu Dhabi Festival

    March , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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  • Asia TOPA Festival

    Asia TOPA Festival

    January , Melbourne, Australia, Oceania

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  • Vac Verão Arte Contemporânea

    Vac Verão Arte Contemporânea

    January , Belo Horizonte, Brazil, South America

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  • Janiero De Grandes Espetáculos

    Janiero De Grandes Espetáculos

    January , Pernambuco, Brazil, South America

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  • M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

    M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

    January , Singapore, Asia

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  • Singapore Fringe Festival

    Singapore Fringe Festival

    January , Singapore, Malaysia

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  • CAN Festival

    CAN Festival

    January , London, United Kingdom

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  • Serendipity Arts Festival

    Serendipity Arts Festival

    December , New Delhi, India

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  • Polski Transfer

    Polski Transfer

    November , Dresden, Germany

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  • Festival International Cervantino

    Festival International Cervantino

    October , Guanajuato, Mexico, North America

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  • Shanghai International Arts Festival

    Shanghai International Arts Festival

    October , Shanghai, China, Asia

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  • New Vision Arts Festival

    New Vision Arts Festival

    October , Hong Kong, China, Asia

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  • Patras International Festival

    Patras International Festival

    October , Patras, Greece, Europe

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  • Melbourne International Arts Festival

    Melbourne International Arts Festival

    October , Melbourne, Australia

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  • Actoral

    Actoral

    September , Marseille, France

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  • ANTI – Contemporary Art Festivaali

    ANTI – Contemporary Art Festivaali

    September , Kuopio, Finland

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  • Divadelna Nitra

    Divadelna Nitra

    September , Nitra, Slovakia

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  • Theaterfestival Basel

    Theaterfestival Basel

    August , Basel, Switzerland, Europe

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  • National Eisteddfod of Wales

    National Eisteddfod of Wales

    August , Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

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  • Cena Contemporanea International Theater Festival

    Cena Contemporanea International Theater Festival

    August , Brasilia, Brazil, South America

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  • Helsinki Festival

    Helsinki Festival

    August , Helsinki, Finland

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  • SAMPO – International Puppet Theatre Festival

    SAMPO – International Puppet Theatre Festival

    August , Helsinki, Finland

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  • Vrystaat Arts Festival

    Vrystaat Arts Festival

    July , Vrystaat, South Africa, Africa

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