Nordic and Baltic Artist Speed Dating

An Incredible Networking Opportunity

Kristin Oygarden led the Nordic and Baltic Artist Speed Dating networking event.

At the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019, we’re lucky enough to be exposed to an array of international theatre that we normally wouldn’t have access to, along with a diverse variety of delegates from all around the world who we are able to meet. Kristin Oygarden facilitated an event that brought together Nordic and Baltic artists, allowing for conversation, collaboration, and continued discussions about theatre-making in the future. 

I spoke with Anouchka Crahay about the event who said, “I am so happy to be here! I love ASSITEJ. It’s a big platform which has a lot of activities [that] you wouldn’t normally get to find for yourself – activities for your self-development and for your ideas. What’s great is that you, your colleagues, and everyone from around the world meet and have discussions about the problems we face in TYA [Theatre for Young Audiences]. And this Speed Dating? What a great idea! I love Norwegian people, and am exchanging contacts now with companies I want to tour with.”

The event ended with many walking out of the Teateret venue together with new friends and colleagues ready to establish new collaborations. Speed Dating was – most certainly – an incredible networking opportunity at the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering, and I look forward to similar events in the future.

Hana Holloway is an experienced young American educator and theatre artist. Her passion for writing, puppetry, and devising theatre has led her to diverse opportunities in the Performing Arts. She was invited to be a Porter Fellow for the 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences USA conference and was accepted into the apprentice company for the 2017 Williamstown Theatre Festival. She is now a Programme Director for ​‘Lights, Camera, Learn!​‘, a nonprofit that educates and empowers children through the art of filmmaking which has recently brought her to Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine, and Dubai. Hana sees theatre as a transformative art form that has the power to impact change in the world.