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The Performance Theatre
Istanbul 2013

Theme: 'Leadership for the future'

Leading lights from business, politics, religion, and the arts and sciences met in Istanbul for The Performance Theatre 2013, from 14 to 15 June. The theme for the annual meeting of minds – this year, ‘Leadership for the future’ – had, as always, been set months in advance. But then it took on new significance...

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The Performance Theatre
Beijing 2011

Theme: 'The rebirth of growth – China’s role'

On 16 to 17 June 2011, The Performance Theatre met in Beijing – its first time in China; the world’s most talked-about country. True to the theatre’s tradition, we met in some of Beijing’s most interesting venues – the Great Hall of the People, the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse and Taimiao, the former Imperial Ancestral Palace.

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The Performance Theatre
London 2012

Theme: 'New voices, new growth'

On 14 to 15 June, leaders and thinkers from across business, politics, the arts and sciences met in London for The Performance Theatre 2012. The purpose of the meeting was to debate ways of creating a new and better kind of growth, which delivers value to both business and society over not just quarters but...

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The Performance Theatre
Venice 2010

Theme: 'Bridges to tomorrow’s growth'

Venice, the city of bridges: we couldn’t have chosen a better place in which to stage The Performance Theatre 2010. For one, our theme was ‘Bridges to tomorrow’s growth’. From the Ponti di Rialto to the Ponti di Sospire, the bridges that populate Venice’s beautiful and bizarre landscape provided a fitting background for our discussions....

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The Performance Theatre
Oslo 2014

Theme: 'Leadership with a human purpose'

The Performance Theatre 2014 took place in Oslo 13-14 June, featuring keynote addresses from education activist Malala Yousafzai, Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon. The theme for this year’s theatre was ‘Leadership with a human purpose’, with the near-200 participants, drawn from business, politics and civil society, exploring leadership that challenges...

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The Performance Theatre
Lisbon 2015

Theme: 'Exploring the new leadership landscape'

The leadership landscape is dramatically shifting: 2015’s Performance Theatre met in unchartered waters. Some of the world’s most inspiring and successful leaders are also some of its most dangerous. Calls for action around climate change got louder and bolder as the weeks continued to countdown to COP21 in Paris. And we saw one of the largest generations in...


The Performance Theatre
London 2016

Theme: 'reimagining our legacy: from time future to time present'

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The Performance Theatre
Singapore 2017

Theme: 'To be announced'

We are thrilled to be taking the Theatre to South-East Asia for the first time, to a city whose openness, diversity and tremendous appetite for innovation places it right at the frontiers of the technological and social changes shaping our future. It is often Singapore’s technological innovation that make the headlines: the biggest floating solar...

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The Performance Theatre

Theme: 'Leadership at a Time of Transition and Turbulence'

Lord Browne of Madingley topped and tailed the Washington theatre, opening with insightful recommendations for the upcoming climate summit in Copenhagen and closing with an outline of the theatre’s immediate next steps. Participants were welcomed to DC by senator Tom Daschle and Richard Gephardt. With humour and skill, these two Washington veterans set the scene for the discussions ahead.

Theme: 'The emerging world and the role of tomorrow’s multinational'

On 13-14 November 2008 The Performance Theatre met in New Delhi, India, with Tata as the host. The theatre tackled a wide range of subjects including the emergence of a low-carbon economy, the future of cities and ways of engaging the ‘bottom of the pyramid’. Speakers included Ken Costa, Tom Johnstone, Peter Sands and Dr Rajendra Pachauri.

Theme: 'A sense of direction'

On 20-21 June 2007 The Performance Theatre met in St Petersburg, Russia. We considered energy security, energy supply and environment. The event explored the crucial phases of interdependence on energy. Gazprom was the co-host.

Theme: 'Inspired leadership – a visual journey'

The Performance Theatre met at Wolfsberg Castle in Switzerland on 11-12 October 2006. This theatre discussed the future of energy, the frontiers of innovation and the challenge for leaders. Speakers included Professor Lars G Josefsson, Anders Dahlvig, Mervyn Davies and Jon Fredrik Baksaas.

Theme: 'Inspiring enduring performance'

The Oslo Performance Theatre was held in partnership with AREVA, BP and Telenor. It tackled the main theme – ‘Inspiring enduring performance’ – via three topics: culture, business models and leadership.

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