The Ghent Manifesto
Upon his appointment in 2018, Milo Rau, the current artistic director of NTGent, wrote a manifesto with ten rules that the city theatre of the future should meet.
As a city theatre, NTGent wants to question, motivate and rouse a diverse audience. It does so by making and presenting high-profile productions and by mobilizing theatre for social debate.
As a city theatre we will produce around 8 new performances every season, a series of political events, we will retake pieces from the repertoire and we will receive more than 40 guest performances. Together, there are more than 250 performances in Ghent as well as on tour. A lot of productions, a lot of tones, a lot of audience, that has an impact.We are aware of this and therefore make choices that make our theatre as social and accessible as possible to our audience, minimise the impact on our living environment, and make working conditions as pleasant as possible.
NTGent (or Nederlands Toneel Gent) was founded in 1965 as the city theatre of Ghent. It presents its own theatre productions as well as guest productions, it is touring in Flanders, the Netherlands and internationally. In Ghent, the city theatre company is performing in its three venues: the Royal Dutch Theatre (KNS) on Sint-Baafsplein (600 seats), Arca (200 seats) and Minnemeers (200 seats). In addition, there are also partnerships with Vooruit and Minard.