While in some parts of Europe the arts are trapped by market reality and squeezed by restless demands for economic surplus, in others, creative freedom is guzzled by political agendas and suffocated by the presence of the state in the arts.

Liberalism, freedom, public support, state interference; are these notions - being on our tongue every now and then - perceived in the same way in different historical, economic and social contexts?  This section gives us an insight into the various paradigms, challenges and aspirations prevailing in different parts of the globe.

The art practitioners, art aficionados, cultural journalists and – above all – the regular audience members of Egypt are really spoilt for choice when it comes to the contemporary arts scene, both in Cairo and Alexandria, and in several other cities. Even within the contemporary performing arts, there are countless events, formats, genres and colours,and a great deal of passion and dynamism on the part of practitioners.
Maria Vlachou is Director of Acesso Cultura (Access Culture), a non-profit association of culture professionals and people interested in accessibility issues, based in Almada, Portugal. In the first of a series of country profiles by local experts, Vlachou gives an overview of the arts & disability and access initiatives in Portugal.
New data released Tuesday suggest that in a single year, the US arts and culture sector contributed a whopping $763.6 billion to the nation’s economy — more than the entire GDP of Switzerland.
Caragh Medlicott asks what the future holds for arts funding in Wales, and what options are on the table for SME arts companies as Brexit looms.
La ministre française Françoise Nyssen affirme que le passe culture, sous forme d’une application mobile à destination de tous les citoyens, sera crédité de 500 euros pour les jeunes de 18 ans.
This Advocacy and Networking Toolkit provides information on what networking, advocacy and lobbying for the arts is actually all about, with examples of how collaboration can positively and professionally draw attention to these issues that concern artists and cultural workers. While it is rooted in Arterial Network's pan-African experiene, it provides lots of practical tips that can be adapted to other contexts.
How do you lead a cultural institution, in a context in which populist politicians have acquired a powerful position? During the last 15 years, quite some European performing arts professionals have gained experience in this. Their stories were shared during the IETM Brussels Plenary Meeting on November 25th in La Raffinerie in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek.
History can be a contentious subject, especially when it comes to determining how and what we remember. That’s especially true in Argentina, which is still trying to come to terms with the legacy of its period of military rule in the 1970s and 80s, which resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of citizens.
Sylvia Botella interroge le sociologue Éric Fassin sur son point de vue sur le lien entre la sociologie, les arts du spectacle et la politique à l'ère du populisme.
Sylvia Botella interviews sociologist Éric Fassin about his views on the connection between sociology, the performing arts, and politics in the age of populism.