January 24th, 2018
A year-long, Europe-wide programme of theatre, music, opera, dance and performance to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

As part of  2018   European Year of Cultural Heritage , Pearle *  in partnership with  ETC  European Theater Convention and  Opera Europe - Opera Vision , is proud to launch  On Stage 2018 ,  the first European performing arts agenda celebrating the immense contribution of the live performance sector to the patrimony of European Cultural Heritage. The On Stage 2018 agenda puts the spotlight on the richness and variety of intangible cultural heritage, showcasing its role in fostering a shared sense of identity while contributing to Europe's future. On Stage 2018 

 is Europe's first unique online calendar of selected high profile performing arts events across the European Union; it deepens its roots in the wide and multifaceted pool of artists, venues, cultural operators and professionals brought together by the three Project Partners. In fact, through their membership ETC, Opera Europe and Pearle * represent thousands of art & culture operators active in all disciplines and art forms, or all sizes and scopes, including national and independent and experimental companies. 

On Stage 2018   showcases the rich and dynamic role played in Europe's cultural legacy with a series of theater, opera, music, dance and other performances held across Europe throughout the year.Additional events including behind-the-scenes tours, readings, streaming video and interviews will support the performance programs, to offer a variety of unique experiences to the entire world. 

"Cultural heritage is not just a matter of art, but also by the craft we learn, the stories we tell, the food we watch and watch, we need to preserve and treasure our cultural heritage for the next generations. "

- Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport


Performance selections include Chekhov's "The Seagull," at the National Theater "Marin Sorescu" in Craiova (Romania), Brecht & Weill's "The Threepenny Opera" at The Lyric Theater at Belfast (UK), and Euripides' "The Trojan Women" Many opera performances will also be streamed for free on Opera Vision. 

2018 - European Year of Cultural Heritage

On Stage 2018 is featured as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. Cultural heritage is the fabric of our lives and societies. It is surrounded by natural landscapes and archaeological sites. It is not only made up of literature, art and objects but also by the crafts we learn, the stories we tell, the food we eat and the movies we watch.European cultural heritage allows us to understand the past and our future. 

Find more information about the European Year of Cultural Heritage on the  EU website  .

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