3Place – Performing arts as the third place for a young audience


29/11/2022 - 12:00 - 16:00

Workshop on creating the third place
Tuesday 29 November, 12-4pm
Kloden theatre, Pilotscenen

Scenekunstbruket will lead a Creative Europe project with partners Junges Ensemble Stuttgart and Divaldo Drak, as well as associated partner Kloden teater: 3Place: Performing arts as the Third Place for the young audience.

We start from the sociological theories of “third places”, both as physical spaces, but also social places, imaginary places and the art experience itself. The goal is to create good methods to reach the young audience and to develop the performing arts to be a place they choose to be, meet and feel at home in. During Showbox, together with Kloden teater, we will have a practical workshop with young people, architects, artists, organizers, urban developers, politicians and others to discuss how such a third place can take shape.

Om prosjektet: 3Place- Performing arts as the Third Place for the young audience

In 3Place, we will look at the sociological theories of Third Place, not only as a physical location, but also as a social and an imaginary space of an art experience. This creates a framework for developing the performing arts more relevant to young people’s lives, to be a place they choose to meet and feel at home.

In this project the theory of third place will be a concept for building a relation to the performing arts, not only inviting visitors to the performances. Third place is defined as a safe place where individuals gather to share a common purpose, engage in creative expression, and develop a sense of belonging. How can we lower the threshold for interest for the young audience, especially groups who as today don’t see the performing arts experience being for them?

Through three subtopics we want to explore the idea of a third place together with the young audience itself, artists, and other professionals in the performing arts sector.

  • 3Place physical: How to create or transform a physical space in which the young audience feels at home and included?
  • 3Place artistic: How to create an art experience in which the young audience feels at home and included?
  • 3Place involve: How do we involve the young audiences in a way they feel represented?

Each topic has a year-long focus with a camp, a festival visit, digital workshops and ongoing field work in each organisation and their community.

We will connect artists and audiences and develop different methods to make the experience of performing arts a place to belong, away from home and school -a third place. The project will connect artist development, audience development and area development, and will include organisations, artists and places that explore different ways of participation and cooperation.