Rethinking how we reach artists across the world and promote international skills-exchange, Connecting Beyond Borders promoted even stronger collaborations at a time when we physically couldn't meet. The programme connected artists from the UK with international artists from around the world. It included online masterclasses on the theatre culture from each of the participating countries, as well as broader workshops and podcasts on international collaborations and how to develop these in the future.
The programme included activities that strengthen international relationships, collaborations and awareness at a time when we can feel the most isolated. They highlighted the importance of international theatre and inter-cultural exchange during COVID-19 and the immediate future, when the physical borders to the rest of the world were shut or travel inaccessible. The activities aimed to ensure that artists stay connected across the world and continue to learn from and show solidarity with each other, developing their international network and perspectives during this time and for the future. They inspired artists and audiences in the UK and Nordic countries to engage with new international writing from the safety of their homes and connect and network with each other through zoom webinars and online workshops.