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ZID Theater is a cultural organization, producer and stage in Amsterdam. ZID produces multidisciplinary performances and the annual international ExploreZ Festival and provides training for makers and performers. Talent development and creating opportunities for up-and-coming talent with a flight history and migration background are essential to ZID’s work. ZID works in Amsterdam, national and international. In addition to the Netherlands, ZID was shown in Europe, South America, the United States, Russia and Morocco. ZID has received several awards for its work. In 2020 Karolina Spaic, director of ZID, was appointed with the Royal Decoration as Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau.


From 6 until 19 May 2024

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ExploreZ Festival 2023

Fate#3 Creative Pitches - Pitching Dreams into realities

Thursday 30 November | 20.00 | ZID Theater

The participants introduce themselves through short presentations.

Her Majesty Queen Máxima and State Secretary Maarten van Ooijen meet ZID Theater

On Sept. 27, 2023, ZID Theater had the honor of welcoming these special guests to a workshop and conversation as part of the Week Against Loneliness.

Karolina Spaić, at the International Frauen* Theater festival in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

She will again teach the successful the 2-day workshop: Making a Solo Performance - from a Personal to a Universal Story. September 19 and 20 from 10.00 – 13.00.

OPEN CALL for 10 emerging performing artists living in the Netherlands

Deadline September 10

International Hybrid Residency 2023 from Theatere in Palm – TIP theatrenetwork will find place: November 6-10 online and November 13 - 17 live in Portugal or Spain. Deadline September 10.

New blog from our director, Karolina Spaic

In the blog A look back is always a look forward, you can read about the programs of last season and how we get in the new season 23/24.

Sign up for FATE #3

The new training programme in performing arts FATE #3 will start in September 2023. Potential participants can apply for selection!


August 28 to September 1

ZID Theater opens its doors and offers 5 evenings of workshops in theater, physical play, improvisation and storytelling. Meet us and challenge yourself as a performer! Monday through Friday from 6:30 - 9 pm.

Read on and sign up via https://forms.gle/urHBchvJmfoyRvEz6 

Newsletter June 2023

We look back on a successful eighth edition of the ExploreZ Festival 2023 in June's newsletter.


For participation in the International Project 'OUR STAGE'. A project about the ROMA and SINTI community, arts and culture, in Lisbon, Portugal.

ZID Podcast – Theater in the World!

Listen here to the new ZID Podcast – Theater in the World! The first episode is about the performance CARGO H, which will premiere during ExploreZ Festival 2023!

Première: CARGO H - A journey of human kind

Tuesday 16 May | 20:00 | ZID Theatre

ExploreZ Festival: Twelve makers, newcomers from nine countries, about leaving home and life on the road

JAfest! Hybrid Theater Festival

 11-13 April 2023 | Online - Registration required

JÁ will run a 3-day academy in April for both online participants and local artists. All events will be facilitated by experienced practitioners, both local and international.


Within the 'Our Stage' project, the ZID Theater will collaborate with six European partners, offering a stage to Roma, Sinti and other traveling communities. With this project, the structural discrimination and demonization of this group will be exposed and a different picture of these communities will be presented!

Interview with ZID Theatre

Karolina Spaic, founder and director of ZID Theater, tells about 30 years of ZID Theater, The Fate project and the location performance Re- Dreams, 20-22 May at ExploreZ festival

Interview with TNT/Atalya

Francesca Lupo, producer of the performance "Crossing Dreams", talks about the work of TNT/ Atalya from Spain. 13-15 May they perform in Amsterdam, during the ExploreZ festival.

Interview with DAH Theater

Jadranka Andjelic co-founder and director from the performance “Terra”, talks about the work of DAH Theater from Serbia. They will perform May 8 in Amsterdam, during the ExploreZ festival

Karolina Spaić appointed Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau

Karolina Spaić was appointed Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau on 24 April 2020.

Article about Odin Teatret and ZID Theater

In the Theaterkrant ( Theater journal) of July 2019, Emile Schra's article about the famous Odin Teatret from Denmark was published.


A board game and method that allows you to ‘catch stories’ and share them with each other.

Order the game here.