What is exit the room?
Young adults who have graduated from school in 2020 or 2021 have not moved out into the world, but have often stayed in their rooms. There is a lot of catching up to do – for this generation in general and for art in particular.From 2022 to 2027, the EXIT THE ROOM project – funded by the EU's ERASMUS+ program – will bring young adults interested in art back into motion and into a European exchange with each other. The aim is to turn the next generation into creators of their own programs and to encourage new forms of discourse about and with the mediation of art. In this way, a large network of Next Generation Projects is to be created in European youth theater by 2027.
The program includes residencies of YOUNG ARTISTS and their performative try-outs at the participating festivals as well as expert discussions and networking meetings. New forms of dialogue, reflection and encounters between young people around theater performances will be developed. The focus is on intensifying the existing networking of aspiring
artists with more established artists in workshops, dialogues and discourses.
What are the themes and artistic forms of the Next Generation and what methods and platforms do they need for the development of their art?
How can children and young people, the direct target audience of the plays, be interactively involved in the festival?
Which ways of connecting theatre with its environment can be found?
How do the artists interact with the respective cities?
How can a theoretical, professional confrontation between cultural criticism, cultural policy and children's and youth theatre take place?
At the end of their project, the Next Generation participants pass on their insights and knowledge to a new project group, and the project cycle can restart with a new generation every year.
In the first project cycle of exit the room - Next Generation, the following theatres and festivals set out to find exciting formats that make
theatre festivals, in addition to performances, an extraordinary event:
Agora Theater, St. Vith, Belgium
Johan Centrum, Pilsen, Czech Republic
Jugend Theater Werkstatt Spandau, Berlin, Germany
spleen*graz, Graz, Austria
Starke Stücke, Frankfurt, Germany
Westwind Festival, NRW, Deutschland
TaO!, Graz, Austria (accredited institution and organizing organization)
The goal is to continuously expand this network.