Interplay Europe is one of the most important festivals for young playwrights in Europe. It is organized by Interplay; an international, not-for-profit arts organisation for the furtherance of young playwrights aged 18 to 26. It was founded in Sydney in 1985. Every two years Interplay organises the largest and most prestigious festival of its kind, World Interplay, in Australia. Every other year a European country hosts Interplay Europe. The first Interplay Europe was held in 1995. in Berlin and Interplay Europe e.V became official in 1998, which was also in Berlin. Participants from all over Europe discuss their plays for two inspiring, practical and creative weeks in classes, workshops, forums and events with experienced international tutors. Through workshops and small-scale productions, they have the opportunity to improve their work. Interplay also supports international youth exchange and seeks to contribute to better understanding between nations.
Interplay Festivals are held in order to:
- celebrate the creative richness of young playwrights
- provide an international meeting place where their work can be discussed, workshopped and performed
- provide an international forum for the ideas of young playwrights
- offer the general public access to the works of young writers
- contribute to regional, national and international cultural development.
Many highly respected and international award winning European playwrights started their career with Interplay. For example: Ivana Sajko and Tena Stivicic from Croatia, Katharina Schlender and Kristo Šagor from Germany, Ali Taylor and Sarah Kane from the UK, Esther Gerritsen from the Netherlands, Vera Filo and Anna Haraszti from Hungary, Darja Stocker and Simon Froehling from Switzerland or Ignacio Pajón Leyra and Antonio Rojano from Spain.
Interplay festival 2006.
Date: 18 June-25 June
Bulgaria: Ana Vaseva
Norway: Kim Atle Hansen
Interplay festival 2008.
Date: 5 July-13 July
Croatia: Ivor Martinić
Netherlands: Jurrie Kwant (tutor), Don Duyns (tutor), Gijsje Kooter (tutor), Jannemieke Caspers, Michiel Lieuwma, Malou De Roy van Zuydewijn, Babiche Ronday, Jelmer Soes, Anna Maria Versloot, Milou Brockhus, Esther Duysker, Timen Jan Veenstra
Spain: Ignacio Pajón Leyra
Sweden: Dag Thelander