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.



I’ve recently come through a number of “minority artist development programs” at a variety of major (read: primarily white and able-bodied) theatre venues and cultural institutions, and have found them to be consistently wanting in a few ways.
Toolkit on women harassment by Waking the Feminists, Ireland
This free toolkit is a simple guide to help freelance workers and employees of any gender if they are experiencing bullying or harassment. It provides advice on making a complaint at work, or a criminal complaint, and includes useful information on who to contact and links to further information.
Photo by Oussama Tabti
Identity, nation, violence, migration, displacement, borders, fears, anxieties... The continent of Europe is teeming with tensions and issues that are both real and fictional. And it continues to build walls that serve no purpose because they are porous, and comfort zones that are ephemeral due to rising inequalities and increasing populist discourse. Is Europe heading for political immobilism?
Ida Meftahi discusses her book, "Gender and Dance in Modern Iran: Biopolitics on Stage."
This presentation by Stephen Hadley (Queen’s University, Belfast) at the Audience Development è innovazione sociale conference analyses the relationship of audience development and publicly subsidised art to discourses of democracy in European cultural policy.
Un ouvrage collectif s’est penché sur la pertinence et les enjeux d’une relecture contemporaine du livre de Pierre Bourdieu, La Distinction, publié en 1979. Il en ressort une discussion critique d’une grande vitalité, tant du point de vue des positions par rapport aux thèses de l’ouvrage, des thèmes ou de l’origine des chercheurs qui s’approprient ce livre.
Pierre Bourdieu est considéré comme un des représentants les plus éminents de la sociologie française contemporaine. Au confluent d’une triple tradition, celle de Marx, de Weber et de Durkheim, il est considéré comme le représentant d’une « école sociologique », celle du structuralisme génétique ou structuralisme critique.
‘Een spijtig zwart-witdenken’: dat leek de rode draad in de reacties op de opinie van Tunde Adefioye over Theater Aan Zee. Deze houding schuift een kritiek opzij die veel dieper gaat dan de zichtbare kleuren van makers en publiek in het Oostendse Leopoldpark. Als het de podiumkunstensector echt menens is met ‘diversiteit’, moet de heersende witte klasse haar dominantie onder ogen willen zien.
Hoe kun je je als jonge kunstenaar verhouden tot de erfenis van het Europese kolonialisme? Theatermaker Ogutu Muraya, die onlangs zijn masteropleiding aan het Amsterdamse DAS Theatre afsloot, verbindt in zijn lecture-performance Fractured Memory persoonlijke herinneringen aan de recente geschiedenis van zijn thuisland Kenia met het eerste Congres van zwarte schrijvers en kunstenaars van 1956 in de Sorbonne in Parijs.
In the 80s, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law and Critical Race Theory at Columbia University as well as UCLA, conceived the term intersectionality in order to better encompass the discriminatory situation women of colour were facing.


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