exit the room

Young Artists & Young Audience
Exploring new ways of creating theatre and art exchange

See here for more information on the project

What is exit the room?
From 2022 to 2027, the EXIT THE ROOM project – funded by the EU's ERASMUS+ program – will bring young adults interested in art 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.

exit the room - Next Generation 2023 / 2024

Residency Junges Theater Bremen: 2.-8. November 2023

Residency "Starke Stücke"-Festival Frankfurt Rhine Main: 19.-25. February 2024

Residency spleen*graz: 13.-21. April 2024

*** Applications for the project are currently open. The deadline for applications is the 25th of August 2023 (Dealine has been prolonged). You can find the open call here! ***

The following theatres and festivals set out to find exciting formats that make
theatre festivals, in addition to performances, an extraordinary event in the project exit the room:

  • Agora Theater, St. Vith, Belgium

  • Bravo! Festival, Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland

  • Junges Theater Bremen, Bremen, Germany

  • Jugend Theater Werkstatt Spandau, Berlin, Germany

  • Kliker Festival, Varaždin, Croatia

  • spleen*graz, Graz, Austria

  • Starke Stücke, Frankfurt, Germany

  • TaO!, Graz, Austria (accredited institution and head organization)

  • Westwind Festival, NRW, Deutschland

The goal is to continuously expand this network.

Starke Stücke collaborates with Amt für multikulturelle Angelegenheiten (AmkA) for the realisation of the project „exit the room“ in 2023.