A brief history of New International Encounter

Over the past 22 years, NIE has created 39 shows and performed more than 11000 times in over 1000 places across three continents.

Formed in 2001, NIE rehearsed its first three shows in the old Sokol gymnastic hall in Mseno, a small town in the north of the Czech Republic. Those three shows – My Long Journey Home, Past Half Remembered and The End of Everything Ever – won numerous awards and were performed all over the world, from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to New York, Mexico City and Seoul. They now form the European Narratives Trilogy, and still tour together for special festivals.

Since creating the Trilogy, NIE has gone on to create new shows in co-production with venues and theatre companies from across Europe, including site-specific work and theatre for younger audiences.


NIE was selected to take part in the renowned Assitej World Congress in Copenhagen / Malmo in May 2011 (an international festival celebrating children’s theatre). At the closing event of the 10-day festival, NIE was awarded the prestigious 2011 Assitej Award for Artistic Excellence. This international award is only given every three years and is the first time a Norway or UK company has won the award since its inception in 1993.


Please find attached an summary of what we have been up to in the UK with the NIE UK-Annual-Report-21-22



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