Regular and active participation in various platforms and international networks allows Alkantara to develop the relationships necessary for the promotion of Portuguese artists in international circuits. Two inter¬national partnerships that are particularly significant in co-production and support for new work are NXTSTP and Départs.
NXTSTP is a network of 8 international festivals aiming at co-producing and presenting new work from Europe¬an artists in several European cities. Besides Alkantara Festival, one of the foundingmembers of the network, the partners are: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (BE), Baltoscandal Festival (EE), Dublin Theatre Festival (IE), Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (SE), Noorderzon (NL), steirischer herbst festi¬val (AT), Théâtre National de Bordeauxen Aquitaine (FR)
Alkantara is since 2001 one of the founding members of Départs, a network of European organizations with a common objective of promoting the work of young choreographers through residencies, co-productions and presentations. The actual generation of Départs ends this spring. The network is planned to continue under a new name, DNA (Departures and Arrivals with, besides Alkantara, the following partners: P.A.R.T.S (BE), Hellenic Festival (GR) , CDC Toulouse (FR), Hebbel am Ufer (DE), Vooruit (BE), New Theatre Institute of Latvia (LV), PACT Zollverein (DE), Spring Utrecht (NL), Station Service for Contemporary Dance (SR), MDT (SE), Trafó (HU), Zodiak (FI)