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, religions, physical abilities, and backgrounds that constitute it.


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.
This case study will examine Unlimited’s work supporting the British Council to take small parties of disabled artists and producers to IETM, both to give these creatives increased networking opportunities and to open up discussion about diversity within the network.
Sexism goes deeper than sexual intimidation. Take the dance world. From recurring Lolita-fantasies on stage to auditioning naked and backstage power abuse; female dancers talk about the repercussions of a professional reality that celebrates unclear borders. ‘The only difference from sex workers is that we hide behind the name of art.’
Dawn Walton
Dawn Walton, artistic director of Eclipse, the black theatre touring company, was bored of only ever coming across three black stories in British theatres - slavery stories, immigrant stories, and gang stories.She knew there was a far greater range of stories out there and she wanted to tell them.
Le livre présente la mission du Collège de la diversité, le travail effectué pendant une année par ses membres et les recommandations issues de leur réflexion. Il valorise les actions menées par le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication en faveur de la diversité dans le monde culturel.
Through the professional experiences of five different arts professionals, from different continents, states, fields and practices, the IETM Brussels session "Relocalising Artistic Practices" tried to seek new opportunities to rethink the local outside the populist nationalistic paradigm and to reinvent the international without the unification of the globalised culture.
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."