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What is PQ?

From June 8-18, 2023 the USITT will present curated work reflecting inclusion, excellence, and responsibility in US theatre design created from June 2018 to the present by both Emerging Designers and National Designers .

The PQ

The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space was established in 1967 to bring the best of design for performance, scenography, and theatre architecture to the front line of cultural activities to be experienced by professional and emerging artists as well as the general public.


The PQ 2023 theme is the RARE : art springing out of ideas, materials, artistic approaches, and design practices that connect to the human level from within an environment, with its genius loci and showing its unique character.

The United States exhibit will celebrate RARE design submissions that support the inclusion of under-represented communities, acknowledge stories born from systemic power structures and historical events, and document the recent Covid-19 pandemic. The range of curated designs that will represent PQ23 RARE artistic forms include forward-thinking, unexpected, socially conscious, atypical, innovative, out-of-the-box, and traditional designs.

Prague Quadrennial calls on Performance Designers, Scenographers, and Performance Practitioners to use their RARE imagination and creativity to help envision what theatre and the world could look like in a post-pandemic future.

CLICK the Button Below to read the PQ23 Artistic Concept Statement

The Location

The main venue is the Holešovice Market (the former slaughterhouse and meat market).

  • Prague Exhibition Grounds
  • Prague 7 public spaces
  • city center public spaces



In 2015, PQ received an EU EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) prize as one of the most innovative festivals in Europe. In the last edition of PQ, in 2019, the festival and live performances made up a majority of all PQ activities.


In addition to the festival, which takes place once every four years and is the largest event of its kind globally, the Prague Quadrennial (co)organise and realise several projects. 

PQ Knowledge Exchange Platform

A walkthrough of the upcoming venues

A look back at the 2019 National Exhibition

A look back at the 2019 Emerging Exhibition