Mission statement


Eight European festivals join forces to stimulate the co-production and transnational circulation of new works by the great European artists of tomorrow – and in so doing, to encourage the artistic renewal of the performing arts in Europe today. Despite the fact that Europe is taking greater shape and continuing to grow in stature every year, its citizens do not always identify with it. European artists can help change this by participating in the development of a truly European cultural space. The artists we want to support through this project have already demonstrated their potential in their first artistic productions. Now, they are ready to take an important next step in their careers: tackling creations on a larger scale, which circulate in Europe and meet with a wider audience.

The NXTSTP network co-produces the creation of new works, giving the artists a valuable financial footing. Different festivals present them, guaranteeing a real transnational circulation and a huge visibility amongst international audiences. In addition, the festivals offer artists' residencies to young European and non-European artists. These residencies provide yet another means to promote the renewal of the performing arts scene in Europe.

First term: 01 November 2007 to 31 October 2012 


The first term of NXTSTP 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.

Second term: 01 November 2012 to 31 October 2017 


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). 

Click here to read the full report of the second term.