The first Crossing the Line Festival was brought together by Moomsteatern, Compagnie de l’Oiseau Mouche and Mind The Gap in Roubaix, France, in 2017. The second edition of the festival was to be hosted by Blue Teapot Theatre Company in Galway, Ireland, in 2020, as part of the European Capital of Culture (ECOC). Due to the pandemic the festival had to be cancelled just weeks before the opening and instead became a digital online theatre festival.
The Crossing the Line partnership is now planning for the next edition of the Crossing the Line Festival! Until then, you can have a sneak peak at the content that was presented at the digital festival in 2021. The digital Crossing the Line Festival was hosted by Theater Babel Rotterdam in 2021. From September 16 to November 24 in 2021 the online audience could enjoy the festival on:
Crossing the Line is a partnership of six theatre companies across Europe, all leaders in the field of working with learning disabled artists. Crossing the Line Festival brings these companies together in an online theatre festival, celebrating inclusive art and artists with learning disabilities. This was made possible due to the project Trasna Na Líne, funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
The online festival showcased more than 25 events – including theatre performances, documentaries, talks and feature films – from the six companies across six European countries.
The main language of the festival was English and performances in French, Swedish, Dutch and Polish were subtitled in English.
All events in the online festival were free of charge, but you had to book a ticket.
Crossing the Line Festival showcased artistic work from Moomsteatern in Sweden, Compagnie de l’Oiseau Mouche in France, Mind The Gap in The United Kingdom, Blue Teapot Theatre Company in Ireland, Theater Babel Rotterdam in The Netherlands and Teatr 21 in Poland.