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World Theatre Day

Author: Yashar Dehaghani

Photo source: Česká televize. All rights reserved.

World Theatre Day is an annual celebration of everything related to the stage. Started in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute, each year various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion.

Theatre captures the essence of our societies, our traditions, and our culture better than perhaps any other art-form, and though performances end, plays live on for as long as they are loved and cherished. They are preserved through repetition, or described in books, or captured on film and stored in archives.

These documents; be it the plays themselves, or everything that surrounds them, are an important part of our history. We’re proud to present these memories from the past, now made available again though EUscreen.

We hope you’ll enjoy these few fun and interesting clips about European theatre from the last few decades! Feel free to search our collection for plenty more videos about theatre, dance and performance, on EUscreen.eu!


Dario Fo at the Comédie Française


Dario Fo stages Molière’s “The Flying Doctor” at the Comédie Française, in the tradition of the Commedia dell arte.

INA/France, 1990 [French][01:32]

Conversation with Eugène Ionesco


Eugène Ionesco on his youth spent between Romania and France, his theatre works, and the meaning of the word “absurd”.

INA/France, 1960 [French][07:37]

Centre Dramatique de l’Est in Alsace


The creation of the Centre Dramatique de l’Est in 1947 is testimony to the decentralization of the theatre after the war, and this theatre continues to thrive.

INA/France 1968 [French][04:50]

Interview with Karl Farkas


The great actor talks about his life, profession and his passion for painting.

ORF/Austria, 1971 [German][04:06]

Nadja Tiller at a cocktail party


Footage of actress Nadja Tiller with her parents on her visit to Vienna in 1960.

ORF/Austria, 1960 [Silent][02:30]

Interview with Dame Peggy Ashcroft


Dame Peggy Ashcroft, one of Britain’s top stage actresses, on why she chose the theatre over TV.

BBC / United Kingdom, 1956 [English][02:20]

Theatre of the Czechoslovak Army


Backstage at the Theatre of the Czechoslovak Army where the actors are preparing for a performance, and an extract from the play “War with the Newts” by Pavel Kohout.

CT/Czech Republic 1963 [Czech][03:02]

The Bartered Bride in Mongolia


The State Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, presents the opera “The Bartered Bride”.

CT/Czech Republic 1983 [Czech][05:40]

Act one


A program about the entrance auditions at the Theater Institute in Barcelona.

TVC/Spain, 1996 [Spanish][28:00]

Interview with Radu Beligan


Radu Beligan talks about the tournament of the Comedy Theatre in Paris.

TVR/Romania 1965 [Romanian][01:45]

La Divina


Current trends in contemporary Polish theater.

NINA/Poland 2010 [Polish][26:13]

My Theater


Theater actress Halina Winiarska about her life and career.

NINA/Poland 2013 [Polish][11:27]


Eccentric dance


A captivating performance by ballet dancer Česlovas Žebrauskas.

LCVA/Lithuania, 1961 [Music][01:49]

Aliodija Ruzgaitė dances


Ballet dancer Aliodija Ruzgaitė performs choreographic miniatures full of humour and charm.

LCVA/Lithuania, 1961 [Music][03:45]

Interactive online theater


Actor Herbert Fritsch stages “Hamlet” in Berlin as an interactive play, making Berlin’s Volksbühne the first German theater to combine theater with the Internet.

DW/Germany, 2001 [German][04:26]

Forbidden Fruit


Robert Ciulli stages a co-production of the Theater an der Ruhr and the Dramatic Arts Center in Tehran. It is the first Iranian-European co-production in 20 years.

DW/Germany, 2002 [German][24:56]

Theatre for children


A performance of the puppet theatre play “Žogica Marogica”.

RTV SLO/Slovenia, 1963 [Silent][00:44]

15 years of puppets on stage


Puppets, puppeteers and a glimpse of what is happening under the stage.

RTV SLO/Slovenia, 1964 [Silent][00:54]

Unlocking Broadcast Archives from Eastern Europe

Author: Maria Drabczyk


How to show and discuss difficult history? Something that is still fresh and vivid in the minds of older generation but often tends to be omitted by the younger one? Is the socialist past of Central and Eastern Europe still a topic for researchers? Those and more questions about the relevance of the archives as witnesses of the past served as a starting point for discussion during the ‘Unlocking Broadcast Archives from Eastern Europe’ seminar in Bucharest.


Save the date: conference in Warsaw, 3-4 December 2015


EUscreenXL announces its second and final international conference to be hosted on the 3 and 4 December 2015 at the National Audiovisual Institute in Warsaw, Poland.


Content in Motion: Curating Europe’s Audiovisual Heritage

During two eventful days the EUscreen network will involve archivists, curators, broadcasters and researchers to discuss the benefits and challenges arising from the openness of archives and collections in the digital age. The availability of audiovisual heritage online provides new possibilities of curation, participation, exchange and transnational cooperation that not yet have been fully explored.
We invite you to gather in Warsaw to participate in moderated debates, workshops and face to face discussions — and leave with a richer vision of how to create efficient partnerships aimed at forward-looking curation of audiovisual heritage and at a deeper involvement of users.

Mark your calendar now and stay up to date on the must-attend event for media and audiovisual heritage enthusiasts.


More information about the conference will be available on this website in the coming months.





Let’s rediscover the sounds of Europe!

Author: Axelle Bergeret-Cassagne and Maria Drabczyk


With this post we are starting a new series through which we would like to introduce you to projects that we observe and support. They all share the common objective – they aim to connect, contribute and create in order to bring more awareness to digital heritage. Today we give you Europeana Sounds.


Europeana Sounds – EUscreenXL sister project dedicated to sounds – has recently released a teaser video, showcasing Europe’s sound archives to be unlocked and joined online.


Europeana Sounds Teaser from Europeana Sounds on Vimeo.



Women’s Rights in Europe

Author: Sian Barber & Yashar Dehaghani

Photo source: Deutsche Welle. All rights reserved.


Enjoy this collection of videos from our archive in honor of tomorrow’s International Women’s Day. They highlight the struggles to achieve equality, both in our past and in the present, and show scenes from the lives of European women; philosophers, businesswomen, artists, politicians, activists, and workers. Feel free to search for more related content on EUscreen.eu!


Liberty, Work, Education


A congress of socialist women from Cyprus, France, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Italy debating gender inequality in Europe.

Luce/Italy 1975 [01:07]

Businesswomen in Spain


Down on the farm. Run by entrepreneurial women.

TVC/Spain 2008 [26:55]

Simone de Beauvoir and feminism


A fascinating interview with Simone de Beauvoir, arguably the most influential feminist philosopher of all time.

INA/France 1975 [05:58]

Feminism in Slovenia


How feminism was studied and taught in the 90′s.

RTV SLO/Slovenia 1998 [03:37]

Feminist art


Zbigniew Libera explores the workz of Ewa Partum, Poland’s first feminist artist.

NINA/Poland 2012 [06:50]

Feminism today


A Kultur.21 segment about the differences between the women’s movement of the 1970s and today.

DW/Germany 2008 [06:07]


Domestic boycott in France


The Women’s Liberation Movement calls for a strike by women against “domestic and sexual chores” to demonstrate against work inequality.

INA/France 1974 [03:07]

Women in the Czech army


Not only wearing uniforms! A film documentary about workplaces for women in the Czechoslovak Army, shot on the occasion of International Women’s Day in 1981.

CT/Czech Republic 1981 [06:22]

Solidarity in the workplace


A report about equal pay in 1960s Britain.

BBC/United Kingdom 1968 [02:38]

Feminism in modern day Poland


A discussion about Poland’s current cultural and social affairs on international women’s day in 2012.

NINA/Poland 2012 [33:48]

Gender anxieties in 1950′s Britain


A visit to a factory canteen to find out workers’ views on working women and women in politics.

BBC/United Kingdom 1959 [01:49]

Women on the home front


Princess Margrethe of Denmark opening the ‘Women on the Home Front’ exhibition.

DR/Denmark 1961 [00:54]




The third ENUMERATE core survey about cultural heritage is now open for participation.

All European cultural heritage institutions are encouraged to contribute. Together we can make the case for investments in our digital activities!


Mapping the future of digital cultural heritage at EuropeanaTech 2015

Author: Gregory Markus
George Oates and Seb Chan at Europeana Tech. By: Europeana (CC-BY-SA)

George Oates and Seb Chan at Europeana Tech. By: Europeana (CC-BY-SA)


“Making the beautiful thing”; this was the theme for the EuropeanaTech 2015 Conference in Paris at the National Library of France on February 12 and 13. But what is the beautiful thing? 

Most people would say that art, paintings, photographs, stories and sculptures, are beautiful things. Though this is true, this was not a gathering of artists – at least not in the traditional sense. EuropeanaTech 2015 instead brought together a crowd of expert developers, innovators, and technical pioneers in the field of digital cultural heritage. The beautiful thing they are united in making? Meaningful interaction between the public and their cultural heritage. And, as Tim Sherratt from Trove reflected, it’s “an ambitious undertaking”.


Enjoy the last day of Carnival season with these celebrations from around Europe!

Author: Yashar Dehaghani

Photo source: Institut national de l’audiovisuel. All rights reserved.


It’s the last day of the season for carnivalistic joys and games, and Europe has a rich tradition for carnivals and merriment. We hope you have fun with these short clips from across the continent. Feel free to search for more spectacular celebrations on EUscreen.eu!


A carnival on roller-skates


It’s carnival season, and some carnivals are more mobile than others.

DR / Denmark 1957 [01:38]

Mardi Gras giant on fire


During the Vierves-sur-Viroin carnival, a Giant is built and then sentenced to be burnt to the delight of the local population.

RTBF/Belgium 1986 [05:06]

Confetti and parades in Italy


A swirl of confetti and parades floats from Taormina to Viareggio.

Luce/Italy 1958 [01:58]

Masks and costumes from Slovenia


Carnival masks and preparation for the Carnival in Cerknica along with traditional carnival masks from Vrbice.

RTV SLO/Slovenia 1996 [03:24]

A literary performance in Romania


A masked performance during carnival.

TVR/Romania 1964 [02:16]

An artist’s ball in Denmark


Artist carnival in the Odd-Fellow mansion in Copenhagen.

DR/Denmark 1951 [00:49]


Chirigota performs in Spain


Performance by one of the “chirigota” groups that sing satirical songs about topics in the news during carnival festivities. In this case, the group sings about the war in Iraq.

TVC/Spain 2003 [01:21]

A candy war in Catalonia


A look at the different ways of celebrating Carnival in Catalonia, such as the dance of the crazy giants in Solsona, the candy war in Vilanova i la Geltrú and the parade in Barcelona.

TVC/Spain 1986 [02:55]

Shrove Tuesday in Austria


A report on the carnival in Sörg in Carinthia.

ORF/Austria 2011 [04:20]

Carnival in Nothing Hill


Picture shows one of the Carnival parades taking part in London’s Notting Hill Carnival which is held every August Bank holiday. It first began in 1964 and has become one of the biggest street festivals in the world.

BBC/United Kingdom 2001

Amazing parade sculptures in Nice


The carnival floats by amidst the cheering crowds at place Masséna in Nice.

INA/France 1950 [00:37]

The truth about carnivals in Germany


This continuing series on clichés about Germans deals this time with Germany’s so-called 5th season, carnival. Michael Wigge asks his countrymen what their attitude towards the merry and crazy tradition is and shows us what kind of costumes people come up with.

DW/Germany 2008 [03:42]

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