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International news round-up: March 10

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Luca Ronconi exhibit

ITALY/MILAN La Scala opera house has unveiled its exhibition Luca Ronconi – Il Laboratorio Delle Idee, a tribute to the director who passed away unexpectedly a year ago. It is being held at La Scala’s museum and in the theatre’s workshop. Ronconi was a titanic figure in Italy’s cultural scene, having directed 24 productions at La Scala between 1974 and 2008, in addition to his extensive work as a theatre director in Italy and abroad. Visitors can to explore costumes, set designs, photos and press cuttings that chronologically chart Ronconi’s collaborations with La Scala. The exhibition, curated by set designer Margherita Palli, runs until May 24.

Fringe World Festival

AUSTRALIA/PERTH The 2016 edition of Perth’s Fringe World Festival has finished. Its organisers claim it is the third-largest fringe festival in the world and Western Australia’s largest annual arts event. This year’s festival played host to 700 shows at more than 150 venues and performance spaces spread across Perth and further afield, in local communities and neighbourhoods. More than 350,000 tickets were sold, valued at over A$9 million, while attendance at free and ticketed events topped 900,000. Still running for extended seasons are two of the festival’s hit shows familiar to London audiences: the adult circus Limbo and La Soiree.

Award for Culture

NETHERLANDS/AMSTERDAM The European Cultural Foundation’s 2016 Princess Margriet Award for Culture will be presented at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam on March 15. This year’s winners are Medialab-Prado, a community-based laboratory for digital culture based in Madrid, Spain, and theatremakers and community developers Kretakor, based in Budapest, Hungary and led by Arpad Schilling.

European theatre

GERMANY/BOCHUM From April 8-10, the Schauspielhaus Bochum will host the next General Assembly of the Union of European Theatres. A programme of concurrent artistic activity addresses the phenomenon of xenophobia, including the premiere of Krieg Der Welten (War of the Worlds) directed by Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer, as well as three performances from the theatre’s repertoire: Job, adapted from Joseph Roth’s novel and directed by Lisa Nielebock; Stiller, a version of the novel by Max Frisch directed by Eric de Vroedt, future artistic director of the National Theatre in the Hague; and Anders Lustgarten’s award-winning play about the immigration crisis, Lampedusa, directed by Olaf Krock, chief dramaturg of the Schauspielhaus.

Children’s theatre

CHINA/SHENZHEN The China-Britain Business Council reports that a culture and media company based in Shenzhen, south China is looking for UK partners to bring British children’s drama to China. Potential cooperation methods could include the Chinese company paying a UK team to perform in China, or the two parties co-delivering the performance. Ideally, UK partners should be able to apply for UK government funding to cover travel costs to China. cbbc.org

Funding conditions

ISRAEL/TEL AVIV A new bill proposed by Israel’s culture minister Miri Regev has sparked outrage among fellow lawmakers and artists. The bill, referred to as loyalty in culture, is aimed at changing how cultural institutions are funded by the state. According to the bill, financial support will be conditional upon respect towards Israel, and the support of those who deface the flag or other national symbols, incite racism, violence or terror will be revoked.

Hamilton tout caught

US/NEW YORK A ticket tout selling fake tickets to Broadway musical Hamilton has been arrested in New York. Special education teacher Danielle Posner planned a trip to see the smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton and paid $350 on Craigslist for what turned out to be forgeries. She discovered the scam when she called Ticketmaster to check the event codes on the tickets. In response, she asked her boyfriend to buy a set of tickets from the alleged fraudster, to collect in Manhattan that day. The police agreed to assist in the trap. A plain clothes policeman played the part of her boyfriend, while officers watched from four unmarked cars with Posner, who identified the seller. After she confirmed they had the right man, he was arrested.

The International section is co-edited by Ian Herbert and Nick Awde. Contact email: international@thestage.co.uk

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