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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.


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 33rd Rencontres du Jeune Théâtre Européen in July 2021.

Fernand Garnier



The Crearc, a Centre for Creation, Research and Culture, is a French and International cultural and artistic association. Managed by a board of Directors including 21 members, it is animated by a professional team of 6 members, together with many volunteers. Its activities are based on 4 axes.
The Crearc organizes young European actors’ exchanges, all along the year. It also organizes the Rencontres of the European Young Theater which take place in Grenoble, every year at the beginning of July. It is the Centre of the European Young Theater Net.
The Crearc is also a company of theatrical creation. It produces shows autonomously or in correlation with members of the Net.
Beyond this creation and young people exchanges, the Crearc organizes theater and writing workshops with diverse age brackets and  social-cultural spheres.
The Crearc manages the little Theater provided by the Grenoble Town Council. It welcomes there, young companies and associations ‘productions. It is a conviviality and citizen centre for the heart of the town.
The Crearc belongs to that lineage of artists and intellectuals who work for the intellectual development of Humanity and for the construction of a harmonious and pacified society.

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