The Space Between

15 March 2024

ISTA’s Global Challenge for 2024-2025 season

Exploring the unseen connections of our world

ISTA’s global challenge for the 2024-2025 season, The Space Between, aims to engage and inspire our community of young people through the expansive world of theatre and the related arts. This global challenge is an invitation to explore the myriad invisible threads that connect our experiences, cultures, and perceptions, and to interrogate and question the things that separate us.

The Space Between stands as a metaphor for the various unseen or unacknowledged aspects of our lives and the world around us. It challenges us to delve into the depths of human interaction, perception, and understanding. This theme is not only broad in its scope but also deeply relevant to both local communities and the global stage.

Some possible areas of learning and exploration for our festivals and events: 

People and cultures: Understanding and bridging cultural differences, fostering empathy, and promoting inter cross-cultural dialogue.

Words and actions: Exploring the gap between what we say and what we do, and the impact of this on personal and societal levels.

Experience and narrative: Investigating the divergence between personal experiences and collective narratives or media portrayals.

Environments and worlds: Highlighting the contrasts and connections between different environments, be they natural, urban, or digital.

The familiar and the unknown: Encouraging curiosity and understanding towards the unfamiliar, and finding comfort in new discoveries.

Accessibility and inaccessibility: Addressing the disparities in access to resources, opportunities, and platforms across different communities.

The past, present, and future: Linking history with current events and future aspirations, understanding the continuum of time and its impact on our lives.

Reality and imagination: Exploring the blurred lines between what is real and what is imagined, and how these perceptions shape our worldview.

The virtual and the actual: Navigating the increasingly complex relationship between virtual spaces and real-world interactions.

Movement through spaces: The literal and metaphorical journey from ‘here’ to ‘there’, and the transformative experiences along the way.