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2016 IMTAL European Regional Conference

"Wake the Past With a Kiss: Communicating With Visitors Through Museum Theatre"

International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) 2016 European Regional Conference
Altpernstein Castle, Altpernstein 1, 4563 Micheldorf in Upper Austria, Austria

September 5th-9th, 2016

The 2016 IMTAL European Regional Conference from Monday, 5th September 2016, consists of three exciting days full of panel discussions, performances, and workshop sessions that explore the conference theme: "Wake the Past With a Kiss: Communicating With Visitors Through Museum Theatre". IMTAL Europe invites delegates from IMTAL Europe, IMTAL Americas, IMTAL Asia-Pacific, EXARC, ALIVE and those who are interested in museum theatre to share and compare the variety of tools and approaches in the field of museum theatre and living history. Come to late medieval Altpernstein Castle in the picturesque Krems Valley to learn how your colleagues use new and well-tried methods of verbal and non-verbal communication to get a complex message across to the audience in a digital age.

The 2016 conference will feature international keynote speakers, workshops and panels of speakers dealing with the theory and practice of communication in museum theatre, re-enactment, storytelling and live interpretation, and affords the opportunity to visit to local museums and historic sites. It will bring together practitioners, researchers, performers and museum professionals from around Europe (and the world) to discuss, debate, present, and share examples of how the field is evolving and innovating. Proposals may address any facet of the theory and practice of museum theatre, living history, re-enactment, storytelling and live interpretation.

Please note: the last day to register for the conference will be May 15, 2016.

Tentative Program Schedule

Villa Urbana courtesy of Archäologischer Park Carnuntum

Attendees of the conference can look forward to a variety of talks, presentations and hands-on workshops on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th – as well as an interesting all-day field trip to Carnuntum open air museum, the former Roman capital of the Noricum province, picturesque Baroque Melk Abbey and the Austrian National Army Museum in Vienna on Wednesday 7th. Among others we already have thrilling presentations and workshops on Drama in the Gallery: Theatrical Methods for Interpreting Visual Art, Interpretation: The International Bibliographic Database of Living History, Museum in Pointe Shoes: Communicating With Visitors Through Dance Performances, Olaf's Tales of Battle, Understanding the Distant Past, Wake the Past with Kids, How to Behave at a Medieval High Table: A Short Theoretical and Practical Example of How to Instruct Interpreters, Carnuntum‘s Appearance and Mediation of Roman Culture as well as a round table open forum with IMTAL board facing questions and addressing issues of delegates. There will also be a grand medieval feast in Altpernstein Castle’s Great Hall (bring your costume!), a field kitchen, medieval and/or Roman murder mysteries, a Roman gala dinner: "Roman Delicacies - At Home With the Romans” and presentations by museum theatre characters, and a barbecue dinner on the castle’s patio which affords a breathtaking view over the river Krems valley on a dramatic 1300 ft outcrop.  The IMTAL Board meeting and the AGM will be embedded in the conference.

Conference Fee and Accommodation

Single-sex dormitories at Altpernstein Castle courtesy of Burgteam

Conference fee including accommodation, meals, snacks, drinks, and field trip will be € 300,- for IMTAL-, EXARC- or ALIVE-Members and € 340,- for non-members. Accommodation will be provided at Altpernstein Castle in single-sex dormitories that provide little or no privacy for the residents (rooms from three to eight bunk beds). If you would like to be matched with a room mate, please let us know in the online registration form.

If you prefer single rooms at guest houses in the neighbourhood of Altpernstein Castle the conference fee will be € 350,- for IMTAL-, EXARC- or ALIVE-members and € 390,- for non-members also including accommodation, meals, snacks, drinks, and field trip. Transportation between the castle and the guest houses is free with mini buses (walking distance 4,7 km).

Please note if you are planning to rent a car there is free parking space at the castle. However, bear in mind that some mountain roads can involve rather sharp bends and dramatic slopes along the sides of the street.

Please submit proposals by April 15th, 2016 to i.glueckler[at] Proposals should include: session type, session title, 80 word summary (to be used by the review committee and in the program guide), staging and AV needs, any additional support materials (performance video, script, etc.), and contact information. Abstracts will be published on the Conference website (starting March 2016) and all presentations will be published in the 2-2016 issue of Insights Europe: Journal of the International Museum Theatre Alliance - Europe.

Conference Registration - Registration closed on 15th May 2016

Online Registration for the 2016 IMTAL European Regional Conference in Altpernstein Castle / Austria is now open. Participants should complete the Online Registration Form. IMTAL Europe offers a reduced registration fee for our conference to IMTAL-, EXARC- or ALIVE-members. Full-conference registration includes attendance for the IMTAL Conference Monday through Friday including accommodation, beverage breaks, drinks, meals and field trip. If you plan to submit an abstract, you will need to register for the conference. Please note: the last day to register for the conference will be May 15, 2016. Payment is due no later than August 1, 2016. Confirmations and invoices will be sent to the email address you provide using the online form. It is your responsibility to travel to Micheldorf Station / Upper Austria (47° 5' N, 14° 8' O) by Austrian Federal Railways on Monday 5th September 2016 by 6 p.m. for check in. From the station you will be collected by a minibus. The closest airport is Linz. Vienna and Salzburg are a 2 hour ride each by train changing at Linz Central Station.

For more information about the International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) – Europe visit: . We are looking forward to meeting you in Austria, and would be thrilled to also welcome delegates from IMTAL Americas and IMTAL Asia-Pacific … Servus!