Performing arts

Dive into Europe's cultural heritage stories on theatre, opera, concerts and other facets of the performing arts.

colourised photograph of Rosario Soler
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Rosario Soler

Popular Spanish soprano singer and actor in the early 20th century

cropped black and white photograph of Raffaella Carra
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Raffaella Carrà

Beloved Italian entertainment icon: a singer, dancer, actor and television star

colour photograph of Fatih Akin who is holding a microphone and holds up one hand
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Films director Fatih Akin

Exploring belonging and identity in contemporary multicultural Germany in Fatih Akin's films

black and white photograph portrait of Johnny Weissmuller who wears a swimming singlet
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Johnny Weissmuller

From Olympic gold medal swimmer to Hollywood leading man

black and white portrait of Alice Guy-Blaché
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Alice Guy-Blaché

Alice Guy-Blaché was a cinema pioneer: the first female film director and the first woman to run her own studio

black and white photograph of a woman wearing a suit, she is lying down singing into a microphone
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Siw Malmkvist

Meet the singer and actress who was the first Swede to hit the US charts

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Eartha Kitt

Singer, actor and activist known for her distinctive singing style and voice

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The Nordic Black Theatre in Oslo

Multicultural theatre company inspiring new generations of performers

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Partners in Irish theatre

Partners Michaél Mac Liammóir and Hilton Edwards were leading figures in 20th century theatre in Ireland

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Miriam Makeba, Mama Africa

Singer-songwriter and advocate for the rights of Black people across the world

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Jenny Lind: the Swedish Nightingale

Hugely talented Swedish opera singer who enjoyed worldwide fame in the mid-19th century


Communities from across Europe raising their voices in song.

The swinging 60s

Sights and sounds of the swinging 60s from across Europe.

Grand concert halls

Photographs, drawings, paintings and postcards of Europe's grand opera houses, concert halls and theatres

Lithuanian opera costumes

Vintage photography of scenes and costumes from opera productions and the Kaunas State Theatre, one of the oldest functioning theatres in Lithuania.


In this gallery, we highlight beautiful vintage images of ballet dancers.

Thank you for the music!

Passionate flute playing, guitar wizardry and trumpet serenades: these musical scenes abound in joy and dedication, with a delightful touch of quirkiness.

Take a trip to the theatre

William Shakespeare may have written that all the world’s a stage, but today on #LoveTheatreDay, all Europeana is a stage.

Don Giovanni's tour of Europe

Travel through Europe and see these depictions of Don Giovanni / Don Juan.

Adriatic relationships: Carlo Goldoni’s La Dalmatina

A striking illustration of the relationship between Venice, Istria and Dalmatia.

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Josephine Baker

Dancer, spy and freedom fighter - Josephine Baker was a force throughout her life as a performer and activist.

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Unė Baye

From Hollywood glamour to the Siberian gulag, explore this Lithuanian actor and director's life

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European Capital of Culture

Celebrating a continent’s culture with more than 60 cities across Europe having held the title

The Ice Follies: how a Swedish family changed American entertainment history

The Swedish Skeppstedts family emigrated to the United States and became famous for founding the Ice Follies, the first travelling extravaganza on ice.

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Pola Negri

The cinematic life of Poland’s first film star

Five stunning European theatres for #LoveTheatreDay

Five stunning settings to put on your cultural must-visit list. What’s your favourite?

Learning scenarios about performing arts

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Forces Dance

English, STEAM - Upper secondary

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Algorithm of national dance

Art, English, History, Music - Lower secondary

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STEM in Sports and Dance

Maths, Science, STEAM - Secondary

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Cooperative Storytelling

English, Language subjects, STEAM - Pre-primary school

In Retrospect: Filming Through the Ages

Art, English, History - Primary school

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Break and Keep Silence

Art, English, History - Primary school

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STEM with Camera Obscura

STEAM - Upper secondary