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Alors que dans certains pays d’Europe les arts sont pris au piège des réalités du marché et opprimés par des exigences telles que le surplus économiques, la liberté créative est engloutie par les agendas politiques et étouffée par la présence des états dans les arts.

Libéralisme, liberté, financement public, ingérence étatique ; ces notions - que nous avons tous en tête de temps en temps - sont-elles perçues de la même façon dans des contextes historiques, économiques et sociaux différents ? Cette section nous donne un aperçu des divers paradigmes, défis et aspirations qui prévalent aux quatre coins du monde.

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To what extent are employment policies and Active Labor Market Programs (ALMP) in Arab Mediterranean countries capable of reducing the mismatch in cultural and creative sectors and supporting youth employability? This study aims to identify the main obstacles facing job creation in these areas, and assess gaps between the supply of skills (by universities and training centers) and their demand (by the labor market).
As part of the IETM's Campaign for Freedom of Expression series, Iraqi film director Mohamed Al Daradji writes about his shocking experience of filming in his homeland, how he tamed it and came to be one of the most representative artists of the Arab region. Freedom of Expression will be the main theme of IETM's next Satellite Meeting in Beirut.
Dario Fo
Dario Fo bandito in Turchia: "È come vincere il secondo Nobel". I suoi testi teatrali censurati insieme a quelli di Shakespeare, Cechov e Brecht: "Sono tutti morti tranne me, speriamo che Erdogan non lo venga a sapere". “It’s like winning another Nobel Prize”
Bi-partisan government funding policy for arts in Australia has been under sustained attack and excellence in arts has been ‘transformed from aspiration to commodity’. This article written by IETM member Jude Anderson (Punctum) looks at the past and current developments of public funding for the arts in Australia.
Miri Regev, Israel’s culture minister
A group of Israeli artists, museum directors and art educators quietly filed a lawsuit in July against the country’s ministry of culture, according to a petition seen by The Art Newspaper. Artists and cultural institutions are feeling increasingly intimidated under the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, especially since Miri Regev, an Israeli army brigadier-general, became the country’s minister of culture in 2015. Protests against threats to freedom of speech flared all summer. Threats to funding based on policies that limit freedom of expression could be a “death blow to culture institutions...
Article 19 of the Declaration of Human Rights states that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Although a recognised freedom, it is viewed and experienced in different ways, depending on its discipline, the country in question and also historical precedents. Sometimes biased and violated, sometimes honoured and often misunderstood, freedom of expression is much more complicated to explain and defend in...
As Beirut gets ready to host IETM's first Satellite meeting on Freedom of Expression in the South-Mediterranean region, Lebanese writer and advocate Mona Merhi writes about the history of censorship in Lebanon and its current state of play, paving the way for a deeper reflection on artistic freedoms in the Arab region and beyond. This is the first post in the Campaign for Freedom of Expression series.—Geoliane Arab.
"Een maand na de subsidiebeslissingen in Vlaanderen werd ook de vierjaarlijkse ronde in Nederland een slagveld voor de podiumkunsten. Vaste waarden als Dood Paard, het Theaterfestival, Orkater, Laura van Dolron, het Haagse danshuis Korzo, LeineRoebana, Popfestival Noorderslag: allemaal zien ze hun toekomstplannen verdampen. Het onderliggende probleem blijkt hetzelfde als in Vlaanderen. Er is veel te weinig budget voor de beschikbare kwaliteit, en dat blokkeert alle groeikansen."
Millions of Syrians have fled their war-torn country. Those who stayed behind are confronted daily with the ongoing war. 26-year-old Ahmad Joudeh is one of them. He fights the war in his own way.
The NEA has posted a very interesting interview between their Sunil Iyengar and the critic Leon Wieseltier. It raises interesting questions about the role of measurement in arts policy. So here is a question: what really is the demand for performance measures in public spending? After all, the biggest spending item in the US government (excluding transfer payments to individuals) is far and away the military. It is not my impression that defense spending is determined by the latest set of performance indicators. Farm subsidies? Transportation infrastructure? The tax expenditure involved in...

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