Brief history

Key dates in the history of FEATS

1976

First festival

First festival organised by the Anglo-American Theatrical Group (AATG) in Rotterdam.
1976

Steering committee

Informal steering committee set up. Joint meeting of AATG (The Hague), BATS (Antwerp) and ECC (Brussels) held in Brussels.
1977

FEATS is born

The name FEATS – Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies – chosen.
1978

1st “FEATS”

First festival held under the name FEATS. NWTC from Luxembourg joined the steering committee.
1980

Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding, signed by four rotating host groups, formally creates steering committee.
1981

UK out

Groups from United Kingdom excluded from FEATS.
1981

4 days

First four-day festival.
1986

News

FEATS newsletter launched.
1990

Fringe

First Fringe Festival organised by AATG in The Hague.
1991

Five

FEST (Frankfurt) became fifth member of steering committee.
1992

Forum

First FEATS forum meeting (under the title of “Meet the committee”).
1993

Selection process

Change of method for choosing the groups: “first name out of the hat” draw with geographical weighting became three-list system.
1996

Web

First FEATS Internet site, hosted on University of Geneva site.
1996

Innovation

Scoring system modified to include 10 points (previously 5) for “innovation”.
1998

Rules update

Major update of the FEATS rules. First permanent secretary to the steering committee appointed.
1999

feats.org

FEATS acquired its own Web site: http://www.feats.org/.
1999

Longer plays

Maximum play length increased from 45 to 55 minutes.
2001

Entry fee

Non-returnable entry fee instituted (initially €50).
2004

Fact book

FEATS Fact Book published.
2006

feats.eu

FEATS website moves to feats.eu address (although feats.org is maintained in parallel for a number of years)
2009

Innovation out

“Innovation” points removed from the scoring system.
2010

Database

FEATS database goes on line.
2012

Rules published

FEATS rules published in full.
2018

Single selection list

Return to the single list as the basis for the selection system.
2020

Cancelled!

For the first time since 1978 FEATS does not take place. FEATS 2020, scheduled to be held in The Hague, is cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
2021

Online

With Coronavirus still restricting travel and associating with other people, ECC organises an online show with both live and filmed contributions from other FEATS groups.
2022

Non-competitive

FEATS is back. The 2022 festival is organised in Luxembourg on a non-competitive basis.
2023

Points mean prizes

FEATS 2023 in Bad Homburg restores the familiar format.