EUscreenXL Content Partners Workshop in Vilnius

Author: Yashar Dehaghani

Photo by Larisa Dmuchovskaja

On the 19th and 20th of March representatives from EUscreenXL’s content partners met at the Lithuanian Central State Archives (LCVA) in Vilnius with technical and research partners as well as Europeana to examine and address practical issues and opportunities relating to the supply, delivery, and re-use of content and metadata for the EUscreenXL project.

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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!


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.

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

EUscreenXL announces its annual 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.


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Women’s Rights in Europe

Author: Yashar Dehaghani, Sian Barber

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!


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]

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