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Why attend IDEA2024  

Meeting face to face. 

After the lockdowns and travel restrictions of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, there is a human need to meet face to face. The Congress in Reykjavik in July 2022 showed how we have missed meeting face to face.

IDEA Congresses have provided opportunities to bring drama and theatre educators together. Researchers share their new knowledge and understandings. Performers celebrate their achievements.

IDEA2024 provides a window into the quickly developing world of drama education in China. 





Meeting in virtual worlds

For those who are still unable to travel to the congress in person, IDEA2024 will provide an online congress experience.



Our Story—All about Congresses

Closing ceremony IDEA1992, Porto, Portugal, July 1992

Past Congress History

Past Congress History


IDEA organises an international congress located somewhere in the world. The IDEA community gather to share practice and research. Together we share, learn with each other, and build international networks and partnerships.


IDEA was founded in Portugal in July 1992 through the initial Congress in Oporto. IDEA has held international congresses: Brisbane, Australia, 1995; Kisumu, Kenya, 1998; Bergen, Norway, 2001; Ottawa, Canada, 2004; Hong Kong, SAR China, 2007; Belém, Brazil, 2010; Paris, France, 2013. The 9th Congress was held in Reykjavik, Iceland July 2022.


Each Congress is hosted by an IDEA member working in collaboration with the IDEA Elected Officers. Each IDEA Congress has a unique identity reflecting a sense of place and culture of the host member.










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