NXTSTP is a network of European performing arts festivals that came into being in 2007 to provide an extra shot of energy to the co-production and circulation of the performing arts in Europe. The specific objectives of the programme are to stimulate the cross-border activities of people employed in the cultural sector, to encourage the reciprocal exchange of artistic and cultural works and products between member states, and to promote intercultural dialogue.

The first term of NXTSTP ran from 01 November 2007 to 31 October 2012, and was conceived as a joint project by Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, project leader), Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Baltoscandal Festival (Rakvere), Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (Göteborg), De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam), steirischer herbst  (Graz) and Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine (Bordeaux). The first term ran from 01 November 2007 to 31 October 2012, and was awarded a maximum €2,500,000 within the framework of the Culture Programme of the European Union (2007-2013). The programme aimed to contribute to the development of a common European cultural space. It involved increased cooperation between creative artists and institutions active in the cultural sector. 

Over a five-year period, NXTSTP supported 36 creations from 33 artists or companies from 12 different European countries, resulting in 318 performances within the NXTSTP network, and a total of 1032 performances in 27 countries worldwide until 31 October 2012. Several performances also continue touring after this date. Click here to read the full report of the first term.

The second term of NXTSTP (The Second Generation) kicked off on 01 November 2012 and has been awarded a five-year funding from the Culture Programme of the European Union (2012-2016). For this new term the partners are Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, project leader), Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Baltoscandal Festival (Rakvere), Dublin Theatre Festival (Dublin), Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (Göteborg), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen), steirischer herbst (Graz) and Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine (Bordeaux).