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33èmes Rencontres du Jeune Théâtre Européen

From the autumn 2020, it appeared that the 33rd Rencontres du Jeune Théâtre Européen scheduled from July, 2nd to 11th won’t be a “normal” edition. Throughout the months, we have followed closely the evolution of the pandemic and the succession of sanitary measures taken by public authorities.

We have developed different hypotheses. In May 2021, the French government released the programming of the return to certain normality by the summer. And we were able to build the 33es Rencontres.

This 33rd edition will be unique. It meets constraints and requirements in a way we wanted the most possible efficient and happy.

The 2021 Rencontres will be:

  • Online Rencontres with a short films festival: 15 short movies realized by 15 companies from 13 European countries. These movies will be broadcast on the Créarc’s Youtube channel from July, 2nd to 11th, and on the social networks Facebook, Instagram.
  • Face-to-face Rencontres: 9 outdoor performances on the places and in the streets of Grenoble and around. With two key moments on the week end of 3rd, 4th, 9th and 10th July.
  • A theatrical realization stage leads by Créarc from July, 5th to 10th
  • to create the final show. This one will be presented on Saturday, 10th July at the Theatre de Verdure.
  •  A European Seminary on July, 9th and 10th, gathering theatre artists from all across Europe. The theme will be “The Theatre, the Youth and Europe facing the consequences of the pandemic”.

An abundant edition that we imagined like a picture of the present and a preparation of the future.

Something exalting for a new impetus.


Happy New Year

Each new year presents itself with a share of the unknown. The year 2021 is exceptional in this regard. In the scenario in which we have been participating since March 2020, the date of the first lockdown due the Covid-19 pandemic, the twists and turns have not ceased with their lot of anguish and uncertainty. When will the climax of the crisis occur? Who can tell? What forms will the outcome take? We don't know. So what can we wish for each other? For our part, we will say: intelligence, sensitivity and kindness in the face of what is coming, to make as eventual worst to a possible better. And as men and women of theatre, may this long ordeal lead to more beauty and more fraternity.

Happy New Year.

Fernand Garnier and the Créarc team


2020: Year of Covid-19

Reunion toward the future

Cancelled on May, 11th 2020 due to the public authorities’ decision face to the Covid-19 outbreak; the 32nd Rencontres du Jeune Théâtre Européen rise from their ashes in a different form: the Virtual Rencontres. First, those give evidence of the vibrancy of the Young European Theatre Network. Then they reinforce the link between the companies who are members. Finally, they are another way for the stage directors, artists and young comedians to share with the public their passion for creation. The Virtual Rencontres of the Young European Theatre are held online from 3 rd to 12 th of July 2020. 12 companies participate. Each one of them presents an original creation.

The programming plans 1 to 2 videos per day. Those will be broadcast on Créarc’s YouTube channel then relayed on social network: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

An original way to make alive the European Motto “United in Diversity” adding it “United in Adversity”.


The 32nd Rencontres du Jeune Théâtre Européen which was originally slated from the 3rd to the 12th of July 2020 in Grenoble are cancelled. This decision follows the French Public authorities’ measure to suspend every shows and festivals until 15 July 2020 in order to handle the coronavirus outbreak.

The Rencontres du Jeune Théâtre Européen are a major moment in the Network’s life and in Grenoble cultural life. This year, they should have gathered 18 theatre troupes from 12 European countries and they should have made Grenoble a center for artistic and civic exchanges.

The cancellation of the Rencontres is a mourning and a loss.

But the outbreak is at one with the theatre history since the beginning of this one. Remember Sophocles, Oedipus Rex and the plague devastating Thebes. The crisis we are currently experiencing is a test, a journey through hells, a “trial by fire”. What we could wish and what we could work for is to get out of this crisis more aware of our mutual humanity and to create art and beauty. Like the phoenix, we have to rise from our ashes.

The Crearc, center of the Young European Theater Network, is a European Non-Governmental Organization that organizes theatrical and cultural exchanges throughout the year. All Network members, connected to each other by internet and social networks will pursue their work and, as soon as the situation will allow it, they will set up new collaborations, including the 33 rd Rencontres du Jeune Théâtre Européen in July 2021.

Fernand Garnier



The Young European Theater Network was born from the Young European Theatre Rencontres which have been taking place in Grenoble since 1989. It has been made official during the seminar which was held in Grenoble, in May 2004, and which gathered participants from 18 European and non European countries.
It is made up of professional directors who have chosen to work with young people, being whether on professional theatrical training of young professionals. It gathers dozens of structures: companies, theater schools and theatrical academies, festivals, divided up in all Europe and beyond.
It is a space where artists, groups, companies and young people, share their practices, experiences, and their theater vision. This one encourages practices and abilities exchanges, between artists and theater teachers.
It is a plural artistic movement, and an international theater laboratory. Its members organize cultural and artistic exchanges: co productions, bilateral training courses, show productions, professional theatrical trainings, festivals...The Young European Theater promotes intercultural apprenticeship, diversity respect, Human Rights and solidarity values. It cooperates to the construction of a pacified, democratic, tolerant, jointly liable Europe, open to the World and contributing to Peace.
The very heart of the Net is in Grenoble, at Crearc, the founder of the Young European Theater Rencontres.

Events of this month - Young European Theatre

Action Theatre : Workshops for children/teenagers from 10 to 14 years old.
By Collectif 1984
From tuesday 1 september 2020 to wednesday 30 june 2021
Neder-Over-Heembeek, Belgique

Under the neon lights of desire
By Collectif 1984, Brussels, Belgique
Friday 20 august
Au Festival "Paroles de Conteurs", Royère-de-Vassivière, France

August 2021
Prochain événement

tuesday 1 december 2020

European Union
Ville de Grenoble
Conseil départemental de l'isère
Direction départementale de la cohésion sociale
Grenoble Alpes Métropole
Conseil Régional Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles
Service Civique
Office de tourisme de Grenoble