Next Stage Forum in Düsseldorf

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22 March 2022

Düsseldorf / Germany

Next Stage Initiative

Building Capacity Around Sustainability, Inclusivity and Digital Transformation

After launching the call for applications for our funding programmes last week (learn more here), we are pleased to announce our joint capacity building event with our partner Opera Europa. The Next Stage Forum will take place in Düsseldorf on 29 & 30 April.  

In 2021, FEDORA and Opera Europa launched the Next Stage Initiative to trigger change and recovery in the opera and dance sector. This initiative provides financial support through the Next Stage Grants and skills development through the Next Stage Forums to boost innovation through sustainability, inclusivity, and digital transformation.  

The Next Stage Forum will take place at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf on 29 and 30 April. On this occasion, the  pre-selected projects of the Next Stage Grants will be announced and seminars will be organized around these three areas. 

  • Fee for FEDORA and Opera Europa members: €150.*
  • The participation fee includes all meals in the programme and performance tickets (additional tickets for €25).
  • Please register here to participate in the event.
  • Find the detailed programme here.

*The Platform Members selected by the Creative Europe Programme will be reimbursed for their participation in this event. For more information, please contact Müge Naz Altay, Funding Programmes Manager (   


Friday 29 April

  • Presentation of Düsseldorf’s plans for a new sustainable opera house
  • Presentation of Next Stage Grant's pre-selected projects.
  • Dinner at Uerige, Berger Straße 1  

Saturday 30 April
Capacity Building sessions of the morning:

  • Beyond the sound barrier: digital initiatives for deaf and blind audiences.
  • Nurturing diverse creative teams.
  • Sustainability assessment: challenges and solutions for opera houses.
Afternoon presentations:
  • Digital solutions to drive and deliver sustainability ambitions – examples and best practices from different industries.
  • The New European Bauhaus: building a sustainable and beautiful future together.
Evening performance:

Carmen Conducted by Péter Halász and directed by Carlos Wagner, with Ramona Zaharia, Sergej Khomov, Daniel Miroslaw, Sylvia Hamvasi   

The call for application for FEDORA’s Next Stage Grants is open until 15 April. Next Stage is looking for transformative, innovative, collaborative, scalable and feasible projects and will financially support the projects that help create new industry standards and opportunities. Find out more about Next Stage here.  


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