Inclusion

We believe it is in the nature of the arts to hold up a critical mirror to society, and to break down barriers between its different groups. But is our sector fully reflective of the communities we live in?  

This debate is about the urgency to open up the arts to all of society - to all the classes, ethnicities, physical abilities, and backgrounds that constitute it.

 

Victor MAYOT
The arrival and presence of refugees in Europe remains a critical issue. The policies of national and supranational governmental organizations are by and large ineffective and often hostile. Self-organizing grass-root initiatives of citizens in many different European cities and across countries have endeavoured to compensate for what the political ruling class is failing to do.
Marta VAN HAART
I think the fact that I’m a trans person who has played cis [short for cisgender, or not transgender] characters invalidates a lot of biases that have kept trans people from being cast. Just like some people believe that gay or lesbian actors can’t play straight actors, there is a similar bias that trans people can’t play cis.
Elena POLIVTSEVA
“Early dance is populated with females, yet the higher up the ladder you go the less women you see.”
Mihail BUZOV
Cultural policies which ensure freedom of expression and promote creativity are essential for a country's long-term development. This was the main theme of a debate on 2 May, between UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova and six Nordic culture ministers, marking the start of this year’s World Press Freedom Day events in Helsinki, Finland.
Elena POLIVTSEVA
"Intercultural communication also matters for international political achievements. Policy makers tend to talk over each other, rather than with each other, in global governance systems due to the lack of intercultural exchange." Helly, D. 2016. Intercultural integration and communication: An agenda for Europe. ECDPM Talking Points blog, 21 April 2016.
Nike JONAH
The creative case for diversity advocates one conversation about art - how it is created and engaged with, how it innovates and communicates - with the true value of diversity and equality at the heart of it. Everyone has a stake and a say in the creative case
Fernando BITTEN...
FIA’s recently published "Handbook of Good Practices to Combat Gender Stereotypes and PromoteEqual Opportunities in Film, Television and Theatre in Europe" flagged up many interesting practices, among which was the development and use of a “Gender Checklist” in the live performance sector in Sweden. The Gender Equality Checklist contains questions on how gender equality is ensured in all work-related aspects in the performing arts, from planning of rehearsals to ways of working, casting, costuming, make up, marketing, etc. The list is designed as a tool to help identify possibilities and...
Instead of Redface: Native Voices on the American Stage—A HowlRound Journal Series
Vijay MATHEW
“In this HowlRound.com Journal series, we explore Native voices on the American stage. I have deemed this week: Instead of Redface —as our voices collectively question why redface is more prevalent on the American stage than our own authentic Native voices.”—playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle (series curator / peer-producer).
Fernando BITTEN...
When you are a child actor, chubby means cute. When you hit adolescence, it can be agony. And as an adult...
Vijay MATHEW
The Ford Foundation hosted Beyond the Hashtag, a conversation on using art and technology to combat the criminalization of our communities . The event livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on 15 September 2015 included performances and discussions with leading artist-activists whose powerful work calls for the safety, well-being and self-determination of LGBTQI and multiracial communities.

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