The successful first festival «spatial arts – life in search of style» in 2006 dealt with the trailblazers of scenography from various disciplines and was followed by its second edition «staging the stage – scenography inspired by performing arts» in 2008, which was dedicated to the exponents of scenography in performing arts. The third festival in 2010 directed its main focus on examining the actual core business of scenography, i.e. “exhibiting and staging” in and around museums and was consequently entitled: «Exhibit! – scenography in exhibition design»!

The 3rd International Scenographers’ Festival IN3 2010 with more than 4,500 visited slots and 60 speakers and presenters from eight European countries and the USA was a raving success. The event that was presented from 2nd to 5th December 2010 in the Basel “Kaserne” and succeeded in fascinating its target group, namely the trustees of the museum city Basel, local and international museum directors, curators and all those who have a special interest in the international museum and exhibition business. Yet, first and foremost, the festival addressed scenography students, their professors from partner academies of the Institute of Interior Design and Scenography, as well as the rapidly growing community of training institutions in Europe and abroad that, from their different perspectives, have dedicated themselves to formation and education regarding scenography.

Within the framework of different formats – presentations as well as interactive conversations – in either of the two event locations of the Kaserne, the Reithalle and the Rossstall, the speakers had the possibility to advance their statement regarding the rapidly developing and changing discipline of scenography and to interdisciplinarily discuss the focal points as regards content in the plenum. Through the IN3 festival, the Institute of Interior Design and Scenography of the HGK | FHNW offered a platform and voice for the “scenography scene” and a forum for exchange, respectively the contentual dispute.

An important innovation at the 2010 festival was the active participation of eight European academies who engaged themselves as a result of the festival 2008.