Seminar – The Drama of Conflict – Working with Theatre in Urban Transformation

OSLO 11-12th OF JUNE 2024

Place: Oslo Metropolitan University, Holbergsgt 1, 0130 Oslo

Organized by the JPI-Urban Europe project CONTRA (Conflicts in Transformation): Tilburg University, Oslo Metropolitan University, the University of Antwerp and the University of Warsaw

Do you want to participate? There are still some available places. For registration, please contact Joanna Krukowska on e-mail: l

Working through conflict in urban transformation

Urban transformations abound with conflicts. How to navigate these conflicts? And what role the legal infrastructures and other institutional mechanisms play in dealing with conflicts productively? Join the discussion! We will also explore new ways of working with theatre in urban transformations.

The Drama Lab is a new innovation of Urban Living Labs that uses theatre-based methods to engage with conflict productively. The Drama Labs use a mix of performative and applied drama to enable transdisciplinary engagement between researchers and theatre makers, as well as governmental, market and civil society actors.

Drama Labs in four European cities

In the research project, CONTRA, funded by JPI-Urban Europe, researchers cooperate with the cities of Gdynia (Poland), Drammen (Norway), Genk (Belgium) and Tilburg (the Netherlands), as well as the IDEA Instityt (Poland). In these cities, local Drama Lab pilots have been developed in cooperation with local theatre partners: Nieuwstedelijk Theatre Company (Belgium) and Gdynia Glowna Theatre (Poland), as well as theatre practitioners such as Marthe Sofie L. Eide (Norway) and Taco van Dijk (the Netherlands). At this seminar, the pilots will be presented and discussed as democratic innovations in urban transformation.

Programme at the Oslo-seminar

12.00 – Lunch
13.00 – Introduction round
13.30 – Introduction to CONTRA
14.00 – Interactive dialogue on conflict and urban transformations
18.00 – Open meeting at the Oslo Literature-house – researchers, city representatives and theatre groups presenting and discussing Drama Labs and toolbox for implementation
20.00 – Dinner

09.30 – Introduction of Drama Labs as a democratic innovation
10.30 – Open space with presentations of Drama Lab-pilots in Tilburg, Genk, Gdynia and Drammen – discussing experiences
12.00 – Lunch
13.00 – How can Drama Labs be institutionalized into local planning- and decision-making?
14.00 – Interactive dialogue on using art in urban transformations
16.00 – End