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22 April 2022

FEDORA's Activities, Industry News

Today is #EarthDay, a day to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet, and to acknowledge the steps our cultural community is taking to drive change. Every day, cultural organisations and artists are committed to heightening the public's awareness about our collective responsibility and are actively working on environmentally friendly creative work for tomorrow's audiences.

The Next Stage Initiative

Supporting sustainable projects behind and beyond the stage

In 2021, FEDORA and Opera Europa launched an initiative that provides financial support and skills development to boost innovation through sustainability, inclusivity, and digital transformation

The Next Stage Grants financially support the projects that help create new industry standards and rethink the way the sector sources, creates and operates behind and beyond the stage. Moreover, through the Next Stage Forums, professional development and training will be given to the management and artistic teams to boost knowledge sharing and peer-learning. 

The shortlisted projects of the first edition of the Grants will be announced on 29 April 2022 in Düsseldorf during our joint capacity building event with our partner Opera Europa at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Stay Tuned!

Following the launch of Next Stage at Opera Europa’s November 2020 conference, we have together assembled a diverse group of 45 companies from 17 countries who have registered their commitment to the initiative.  


In summer 2021, the international management consulting company Kearney, conducted a pro-bono study with 100 opera houses and dance companies all over Europe in order to identify challenges, opportunities and best practices for the future of opera and dance.   

The FEDORA Prizes Competition

Encouraging sustainability in on-stage creations

This year, with the desire to develop an incentive for artistic creations to be more sustainable and inclusive, FEDORA implemented a new evaluation criterion for the artistic projects applying for the prizes. This “sustainable approach” criterion takes into consideration how the projects intend to include eco-friendly measures in their sourcing, production and distribution processes, how innovative their projects are and how they contribute to setting new standards for the industry.  

The FEDORA Prizes encourage the next generation of talent to bring the unexpected to the stage. The four established prizes (Opera, Dance, Education and Digital) support cutting-edge artistic projects that promote international collaboration, creativity, social integration and intercultural dialogue, as well as digital innovation on and beyond the stage.  

Discover past nominees and winners of the FEDORA Prizes that raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding our environment and nurturing our relationship with nature:

"Like Flesh" led by Opéra de Lille

FEDORA Opera Prize 2021 - Winner

Trapped in an unhappy marriage, a woman mourns the devastation of the forest around her. An unexpected affair instigates an explosive metamorphosis, and she finds perfect release as a tree. But the world is a dangerous place for trees, and deep in the forest a forester and a student lay claim to a body of wood and leaf, one for money and one for love.

Blue Water (Acquaprofonda) led by Teatro Sociale di Como - AsLiCo

FEDORA Education Prize 2020 - Nominee

This project is a contemporary participative opera for young audiences that aims at promoting awareness of the impact that pollution has on our ecosystem, and at promoting a civic action to safeguard measures ensuring the preservation of our natural habitat.

Planet [wanderer] led by Chaillot - Théâtre National de la Danse

FEDORA - VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2020 - Nominee

The meeting of choreographer Damien Jalet and visual artist Kohei Nawa sparked an immediate artistic bond that questions our relationship with nature. Committed to protecting the environment, Chaillot - Théâtre National de la Danse strives to limit the carbon footprint of its international tours.

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