All themes

"Themes" is a stream of content generated or created by both IETM staff and our members. In focus are the subjects we consider essential in the contemporary performing arts today: the relationship with the audience, EU cultural policies, diversity & inclusion, sustainability of the sector, the value of the arts in society, and the paradigms, challenges and aspirations faced by the sector in different parts of the globe.

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In a conversation on “How Tech Companies Think About the Arts” at the 2017 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Francisco, artists and arts organization had an opportunity to connect with philanthropic representatives from Silicon Valley companies to learn and exchange ideas on how to better engage one another.
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There’s a stock image of the urban cultural ideal: bustling streets filled with colorfully painted walls, galleries with their doors wide open, live music bubbling out from local venues. This is the kind of environment, with economic as well as artistic benefits, that city governments around the world are looking to foster.
Elena DI FEDERICO
MAP, the Media Accessibility Platform, is a unified atlas charting the worldwide landscape of research, policies, training and practices in this field. MAP aims to make media accessible to all, regardless of sensorial and linguistic barriers.
Ben Evans
Something exciting is happening across Europe; organisations are opening their eyes to the aesthetic challenge often posed by disabled artists. Joe Turnbull, Assisant Editor of Disability Arts Online speaks to Ben Evans, Head of Arts and Disability, EU Region at the British Council to discuss how sharing expertise can capitalise on this momentum.
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Independent producers work just as hard as independent artists; however, I feel there is a growing disconnect between independent artists and independent producers. Sometimes I believe people think that independent producers make more money than independent artists. I wonder if that's because of the word ‘producer’?
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How can cities continue to grow and attract investment while preserving their cultural infrastructure – and the vibrancy and diversity that make them unique? Our new ‘Making Space for Culture’ handbook for City Leaders explores how world cities across the globe are answering this question, from San Francisco to Shenzhen
Clara Giraud
Unlimited has teamed up with the British Council to provide travel bursaries to disabled artists and producers to attend the next IETM meeting. IETM is an international network for the performing arts, which our Project Manager Clara Giraud has been involved with for a few years. We’ve taken this opportunity to ask her what these ‘meetings’ are all about
photo of the seminar Ahead of the Curve in Berlin, May 2017
Elena DI FEDERICO
Twelve years in but ahead of the curve – is the 2005 UNESCO Convention still the right tool for the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions? Has it ever been? What do the marginalised voices need to do in order to influence global debates and policy making and how do we tackle the many crises of our times?
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The European institutions are currently evaluating the Creative Europe programme and collecting suggestions for the post-2020 programme for culture. As a response, IETM and European Dancehouse Network issued a position paper, fed with experiences and insights from members of both of our networks. The paper reflects our views on the current programme and contains recommendations regarding its post-2020 successor.
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Data suggest that audiences do not “age into” greater concern about arts and culture. If organizations want people to care, they need to work to change people’s cause priorities.

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