13 – 15 April 2018 | Thessaloniki, Greece

Play, Perform, Learn, Grow: Exploring Creative Community Practices


The conference “Play, Perform, Learn, Grow: Exploring Creative Community Practice” invites practitioners and researchers from throughout Europe, and the world, who are, in various ways, exploring and/or researching performance, play and the arts as alternative approaches to traditional ways of educating students, practicing therapy, engaging social problems, and activating and creating communities across geographical, language, religious and ideological boundaries.

The conference is an opportunity to share practices, ideas, and experiences and to learn from and network with others with similar concerns from very different intellectual, experiential and cultural backgrounds.

“Play, Perform, Learn, Grow: Exploring Creative Community Practices” has been inspired by and builds with the history of Performing the World, which since 2001 has been a biannual gathering in New York of performance activists and scholars from around the world. PPLG is meant to set the stage for the creation of Performing the World on the Move, a regularly scheduled mobile conference that could respond to local contexts and create opportunities for new leaders and communities to emerge.


Call for abstracts is open!

PPLG invites proposals that address, among others, the following questions:

How can community be built across borders (physical, cultural and social)?
How can play and performance impact individual and community development?
How can play and performance contribute to intercultural education?
What is the educational, therapeutic and social value of play?
How can cultural and national differences be used to create new kinds of relationships?
What creative opportunities for community and social development can be found in disruption and chaos?
What is the impact of play in creating new culture?
What are the relationships between therapeutics, play, performance and community building?
In what ways can performance, play and the arts engage the politic of otherness and antagonism?
In what ways can play and performance provide a developmental alternative to authority and the knowing paradigm?
What are the connections between play, performance and the arts to power and possibility?

Submit your abstract! Join us!


‘Bringing the world back

Humans can be present

Without being present

Performing the world is something that we do everyday

Incredibly happy and hard to do that

With you

Since we are all connected anyhow

And there is no them, there is only us

To play, to imagine, to transform’