FAETEDA was created in 1996 with the aim of structuring the sector and becoming the stepping stone towards the public administrations, at Spanish and European level. It is a member of Pearle* – Live Performance Europe, an association that represents, through its members, more than 10.000 European cultural organisations and of which currently hold the vice-presidency.
Currently, FAETEDA is made up of 18 associations, which represents almost 500 performing arts private companies and theaters from Aragon (ARES), Basque Country (ESKENA), Cantabria (ACEPAE), Castile and Leon (ARTESACyL), Castile La Mancha (ESCENOCAM), Catalonia (ACPDC, ADETCA and CIATRE), Chartered Community of Navarre (ESNA), Community of Madrid (APTEM and ARTEMAD), Extremadura (EXTREMADURA TEATRAL), Galicia (ESCENA GALEGA), La Rioja (AESCENA), Principality of Asturias (ESCENASTURIAS), Region of Murcia (MURCIA A ESCENA) and Valencian Community (AVED and AVETID).
Throughout its history, FAETEDA has had three presidents: Toni Benavent (1996-2005), Daniel Martínez (2005-2014) and Jesús Cimarro, currently leading the organization. Three key persons to understand contemporary Spanish theatre, who have moved from defending their community interests to working for the benefit of the whole performing arts sector in Spain.
FAETEDA is involved in improving the relationships and information exchange between its different associations, creating a necessary synergy among the industry professionals of the different autonomous communities. It was established as the only spokesperson towards administrative and professional state organisms and has become the stepping stone for public institutions towards the private theatre sector as a cultural good of primary importance in society. As the representative of the private sector in Spain, FAETEDA is in constant dialogue with de Ministry of Culture and different performing arts organizations, both national and international.
Along these years, FAETEDA has accomplished many victories and has promoted a large number of projects. It has carried out various studies, workshops, seminars, forums and debates on topics of interest to the sector. It has also launched its own projects, such as CHIVATOS, MERCARTES and UBICARTE. In addition, it has contributed to the promotion of initiatives such as the General Theater Plan, the creation of the Academy of Performing Arts and the Iberescena program, and the reduction of VAT on tickets for cultural shows from 21% to 10%. Likewise, throughout the year 2020, during the coronacrisis, led the fight for better conditions for the cultural sector and, especially, the performing arts.