Beijing Forum for Performing Arts was officially established

NCPA September/11/2020
On September 9th, the “Beijing Forum for Performing Arts 2020” hosted by the NCPA kicked off online. More than 200 representatives of performing arts institutions from 27 countries and regions across six continents gathered to exchange experiences in fighting the pandemic and explore new approaches to theatre operations. The opening ceremony and keynote speeches were streamed live on 20 online platforms, including the NCPA Classical Music Channel, and Kuaishou, which have been viewed over 20 million times.

The Beijing Forum for Performing Arts was officially established during the forum. The founding members are 24 institutions from 17 countries and regions. Seven institutions were nominated to the Council of the BFPA. After discussions, the first Chairman and Vice Chairmen were elected by members of the Council.

Council of BFPA

WANG Ning, President of NCPA

Vice Chairman
María Victoria Alcaraz, General Director of Teatro Colón

Vice Chairman
Georg Vierthaler, General Director of Stiftung Oper in Berlin

Vice Chairman
Alex Beard, Chief Executive of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Rory Jeffes, CEO of Opera Australia

Umberto Fanni, Director-General of Royal Opera House Muscat

Ignacio García-Belenguer Laita, General Manager / CEO of Teatro Real

Founding Members
1. Teatro Colón
2. Adelaide Festival Centre
3. Opera Australia
4. São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
6. Tianjin Juilliard School
7. Eesti Kontsert
8. Stiftung Oper in Berlin
9. Staatsoper Unter den Linden
10. Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova
11. New National Theatre, Tokyo
12. Caracalla Dance Theatre
13. Royal Opera House Muscat
14. Cultural Center of the Philippines
15. Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
16. Seoul Arts Center
17. Teatro Real
18. Lucerne Festival
19. Opera Siam
20. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
21. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
22. Barbican Centre
23. Carnegie Hall
24. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The BFPA takes openness and inclusiveness, mutual respect, equal cooperation and reciprocal benefits as its principles and aims to build a community with a shared future for theatres. The Alliance stands committed to build an open multilateral exchange platform to facilitate cooperation among its members; strengthening experience sharing and mutual assistance of the members; developing non-governmental and regional exchanges between institutions; encouraging the development of performing arts with ethnic and regional characteristics to promote cultural diversity; and fostering the integration of science and technology with the performing arts. The permanent office of the BFPA is its secretariat, which is located at the NCPA.

To provide a platform for members of the BFPA to display their artworks and to build a bridge for exchange and mutual learning, the official website of the BFPA is now available.



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