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"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, digital shift & live arts, diversity & inclusion, socially engaged arts, sustainability of the sector, and the value of the arts in society.

The inclusion of migrants and refugees: the role of cultural organisations
Elena DI FEDERICO
Where to start? What do we need to know? What to do and how? These are frequently asked questions among cultural professionals interested in contributing to the inclusion of migrants and refugees in our societies. It is necessary to have access to the knowledge and tools that will allow us to reflect on the situation we are currently facing and to develop programmes and actions that can address the concerns and needs of the society, including those of the newcomers. With this publication, Portugues organisation Acesso Cultura aims to help meeting some of these needs.
Harpreet Kaur
Culture is a powerful tool for change to educate, influence and empower individuals. Interconnections between culture and the change required to achieve the SDGs are my preoccupation, as a writer and cultural activist. Creativity, campaigning and climate change are connected.
Emma Wilson
Collaboration for theatre artists across borders may become a little easier thanks to an innovative new digital tool. Launched this week, CdnStudio is a web platform that uses basic green screen technology to overlay video feeds and make it appear as though artists in different studios are in the same room, enabling them to create and rehearse work from remote locations. Co-creator Sarah Stanley, co-founder and creative catalyst of SpiderWebShow, calls it “Skype on steroids.”
It Starts With A Conversation - a guide for artists and producers
Asa RICHARDSDOTTIR
ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform Partners are proud to announce the on-line publication of a guide written jointly by creative producers Ása Richardsdóttir and Lene Bang Henningsen.
Lampedusa Mirrors. Image from Teatro dell'Argine website
Elena DI FEDERICO
An island: Lampedusa. Lampedusa the symbol, Lampedusa the mirage, Lampedusa the nightmare. Lampedusa mirrors dreams and frustrations, hopes and stereotypes of two lands, Tunisia and Italy, united and divided by the Mediterranean Sea, with the small island of Sicily in the very middle... Un’isola: Lampedusa. Lampedusa il simbolo, Lampedusa il miraggio, Lampedusa l’incubo. Lampedusa come specchio dei sogni e delle frustrazioni, delle speranze e degli stereotipi di due terre, la Tunisia e l’Italia, unite e divise dal Mediterraneo, con la piccola isola della Sicilia al loro centro...
Image from Lampedusa Mirrors, from Matarasso's blog "A restless art"
Elena DI FEDERICO
Like all citizens and their organisations, artists are part of civil society. They have a distinctive role within it when their work gives voice and visibility to people who are marginalised or not easily heard. In all societies some groups and interests dominate, thanks to their position, strength or control of resources. For everyone else, culture may be the only legitimate (or safe) form of expression.
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Our newest publication “Look, I’m priceless! Handbook on how to assess your artistic organisation” aims to guide art professionals through the key steps of evaluating their organisations, whether they have chosen to do it themselves or if a funder or decision-maker asks them to do so and provides them with pre-conceived tools.
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The study maps the different value chains for visual arts, performing arts, cultural heritage, artistic crafts, book publishing, music, film, TV and broadcasting as well as multimedia.
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Seattle Office of Arts & Culture has released a report exploring mechanisms for creating, activating, and preserving cultural spaces amid the city’s real estate boom.
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Our partners at the National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) put out a report recently on metrics by sector for arts organizations. Among the metrics they analyzed was response to marketing efforts.

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