The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is the world’s largest exhibition in the field of scenography and theatre architecture. The first PQ took place in 1967, and since then every four years it welcomes representatives from more than 70 countries around the world to Prague.
The most recent Prague Quadrennial in 2011 lasted 10 days, included more than 500 live performances, attracted nearly 50,000 visitors from around the world and took place in more than 30 spaces around the city. The main exhibition space inhabits a total area of approximately 12,000 square meters, where more than 1,000 artists and students from around the world can present their work.
The upcoming 13th edition of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space will be held in June 2015 and the main theme is SharedSpace: Music, Weather Politics 2013 – 2016, which is common for international project the PQ is organizing in cooperation with 13 European partners. The core of the project are symposia, meetings and exhibitions throughout Europe and the project will culminate at Prague Quadrennial in June 2015 in Prague.
World Stage Design is an exhibition of international performance design, initiated by OISTAT that offers a complimentary but alternative exhibition to the Prague Quadrennial, Distinctively exhibiting the work of individuals rather than countries. It was designed to be a truly international exhibition not located in one city, country or continent.
Beginning in 2005 in Toronto and then repeated again in Seoul in 2009, it was logical that WSD For 2013 should come to Europe, WSD 2013 will be held at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD), in Cardiff, Wales, the United Kingdom. Cardiff is one of Europe’s youngest capitals, a small, vibrant, multicultural city situated just 2 hours by train from London but very much capital of an independent country, with a proud history and language.
It is the collective goal to create in WSD 2013 not only an exhibition representative of the work of individual designers, but to create a centre of activity, diversity, widening participation and multicultural exchange. It is of paramount importance to make this event relevant to the exhibitors, allowing them to reflect on their individual practice in the context of global developments, by meeting and sharing their work, their process and philosophy. It is also a key to allow a wider audience of students, teachers and the general public to experience and form a greater understanding of the work of those who create the performance environment. (quoted from: http://wsd2013.org/node/17)