Engage!

It is in the nature of contemporary arts to be curious, sharp-eyed and thus engaged with struggle.   

We spotlight the arts projects that question everything what is taken for granted. In focus are practices that deal with politics, war, environment, migration, gender, economic crises and other pressing issues of today's reality.  

In addition, we draw attention to cases of blatant injustice and stimulate reflection on artists' freedom of expression.

Daniel Gorman
Art can ask difficult questions and help people engage with complex topics. With conflict and political divisions spreading across the globe, it’s vital arts producers find new ways to bring people together.
Paul FINEGAN
On Saturday 5 of BFT's staff in Belarus were arrested as part of a major clampdown on peaceful human rights protests in Minsk. Our actors and playwrights had been taking part peacefully in the Freedom Day protests calling for the resignation of dictator Alexander Lukashenko
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In what has been named the largest refugee crisis since World War II, more than 65 million people have been forced from their homes. Around the world, one in every 122 people is currently a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. There are refugees fleeing Syria, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Nigeria, and dozens of other countries.
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In the two years since the beginning of the ‘Arab Spring,’ North African theatre practitioners have successfully invested the stage to open new spaces of public dialogue and debate, using the Internet and new media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) to further promote their work and to galvanize the youth.
Ioana TAMAS
When addressing the status of artists in Romania, the general conversation tends to be about the low income and inadequate social services for those working in the arts. The creative ecosystem is viewed as unpaired, and therefore worthy of a distinct status within society.
Elenq
Who Are We? This is the question that London’s Tate is asking at its free six day cross-platform event spanning the visual arts, film, photography, design, architecture, the spoken and written word and live art.
The plaza in front of the one of the festival theatres. Nitra, Slovakia.
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While I grew up during the fall of the Soviet Union, it’s important to acknowledge that Western anti-communist propaganda and the lingering effects of the Cold War kept me distanced from any realistic notion of life and culture in Eastern Europe.
Joris JANSSENS
Between 6 and 9 October, Flanders Arts Institute, together with a substantial delegation of artists and arts organisations from Flanders and Brussels, took part in the IETM Satellite Meeting in Beirut. A Satellite Meeting is a smaller gathering of the IETM network, each time with a focus on a specific theme and/or region.
Poster of When Swallows Cry, play by Mike Van Graan
Elena DI FEDERICO
"To be a writer does not require race essentialism and/or racial solidarity; it requires human empathy."
Nan van Houte
From 26 to 29 January, IETM organised a Caravan meeting in Tehran, coincided and partly hosted by the Fajr International Festival. Since we preferred to meet with a broader slice of the performing arts scene, especially the ‘independent’ artists and those forced to work ‘underground’, our daytime programme was compiled by several partners in Tehran.

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