Call for Intents and Proposals for WSD2025 Designation

Aug 27, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of OISTAT, we would like to officially call for proposals to host World Stage Design 2025 (WSD). OISTAT designates the WSD location four years in advance to provide sufficient time for planning and securing resources for the whole WSD project. 

World Stage Design (WSD) is an OISTAT event held every 4 years that is comprised of 4 distinct components that are presented simultaneously:

  1. International Design Exhibition and Competition
  2. Scenofest
  3. Theatre Architecture Competition (TAC)
  4. Technical Invention Prize (TIP)

In addition to the 4 components of WSD, the OISTAT World Congress will also be held during WSD.

The primary goal of World Stage Design has been to present an exhibition of designers work that explores the breadth and diversity of international design practice.

Each WSD has developed a complimentary programme of activities representative of all of OISTAT’s commissions: The Scenofest. This has in the past included performance programmes, symposiums, workshops and masterclass programmes. Each WSD organizer is invited to create their own unique Scenofest programme to run alongside the exhibition.

WSD moving forward as a quadrennial project of OISTAT will connect creators, practitioners, artists and audiences in an international festival and celebration of performance design, theatre architecture and technical theatre.

At the World Congress in Calgary, Canada in 2021, we will give interested contenders the opportunity to present their vision and plans for WSD2025. After the World Congress, the newly elected Executive Committee shall evaluate the proposals and designate the location for WSD2025 before February 2022. OISTAT Headquarters and Executive Committee will form an advisory group to facilitate the preparation process of WSD.  
Bid guidelines for hosting WSD2025 are detailed as following:
Proposal Submissions
Proposal submissions should be made to the Headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, before May 31, 2021 in PDF format via email to headquarters@oistat.org

Proposal & Presentation
1.   The submitted proposal should include the following:
An overall vision for WSD2025 and how it will be realised in its location.
An overview of all collaborative partners.
An outline of time lines from final event dates back through submission dates.
An outline budget of the event.

2.   Contenders will be allocated a 10-minute presentation during World Congress in Calgary, Canada. Presentations that require projection support shall be sent to Headquarters by June 30, 2021.

WSD2025 Obligations

  1. WSD2025 will organize an exhibition that represents the breadth and diversity of international design, celebrating the range of design disciplines, culture and practice within OISTAT.
  2. WSD2025 exhibition entry is open to all individual designers who have worked to create realized performances between August 2021 and the date of WSD2025.
  3. WSD2025 selection to the final exhibition will be made by a panel of international curators. 
  4. WSD2025 will integrate the Theatre Architecture Competition and the Technical Invention Prize as a part of all WSD2025 promotions, exhibition and awards. 
  5. Scenofest will include a diverse programme of activity and performance representative of all OISTAT commissions. 
  6. WSD2025 shall be responsible for the overall management and budgeting of the Exhibition, Scenofest, Theatre Architecture Competition and the Technical Invention Prize. 
  7. WSD2025 shall be responsible for the event catalogue. 
  8. WSD2025 shall be responsible for local and international media promotions. 
  9. WSD2025 shall be responsible for event documentation, including photo and video of all events and maintaining a sustainable digital Gallery. 
  10. WSD2025 will include OISTAT’s World Congress. 
  11. WSD2025 will organize local transportation and accommodation for all EC, GB, voting delegates, Presidential Candidates, EC candidates and the Headquarters (approximately 70 people) The accommodation provided will where possible be free or provide a low cost option.
  12. WSD2025 shall be responsible for the travel costs, accommodation, honorarium and per-diems of the invited Congress keynote speaker(s). (Approximately 4 people) 
  13. WSD2025 shall be responsible for opening receptions of WSD and Congress. 
  14. WSD2025 shall provide OISTAT with a final report for project review and archives.

All proposals with contact information should be sent directly to the Headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan. Candidates are encouraged to ask questions about the events, the call and the expectation from OISTAT. Questions should be directed towards OISTAT HQ at headquarters@oistat.org before February 1, 2021. Answers will be sent out before March 15, 2021.

Bert Determann                                                   


International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians
Organisation Internationale des Scenografes, Techniciens et Architectes de Theatre
Suite L, Center for Innovation Taipei (CIT), No.1, Yumen St, Taipei 10452 Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-77260088 Fax: +886-2-77260808
Web: www.oistat.org   Email: headquarters@oistat.org 

Download the call in pdf