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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, 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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image from Acting together #with refugees - © Teatro dell'Argine
Acting Together #WithRefugees is a project led by Teatro dell'Argine (Italy) aiming to foster the social inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers through artistic tools and through the settling of a close cooperation with local institutions, organizations, associations and individuals working in the social, educational and cultural fields.
Culture has regained prominence in recent years within the discourse of the EU and its institutions. In the face of euroscepticism, EU officials have turned to culture to promote European values and enhance citizens’ feeling of a shared identity. But should culture really be shouldered with ensuring the EU’s survival?
Like a lot of freelance artists, what I get paid ranges from a lot to nothing, according to the commissioner’s resources, what I’ve been asked to do, and my own wish to do it. So my choices about what work to take on hover between interest and need, but at least I get to choose. But what about the non-professional artists, the people who participate in art projects? What choices do they have?
MUNICH — In the summer of 2015, the world watched in astonishment as Germans cheered crowds of refugees streaming into train stations throughout the country. Scenes from that unprecedented — and short-lived — moment of welcome form part of “What They Want to Hear,” one of two current productions about exile and its ordeals at the Münchner Kammerspiele, one of Munich’s, and Germany’s, most important theaters.
In a first-of-its-kind report assessing the global state of artistic freedom, Freemuse warns of the emergence of a new global culture of silencing others, where artistic expression is being shut down in every corner of the globe, including in the traditionally democratic West.
How can we make it possible to extend the performing arts beyond their conventional live existence? How can we allow our performances to be seen and experienced by a broader public, not restricted by the place and time in which they were conceived and presented? How can we build the heritage and history of live arts? What are the various means of archiving our art form, and how does each of these affect the content and meaning of the piece, if at all?
How is performing art inspired, produced and experienced in the peripheries of mainland Europe? What challenges and opportunities does geographical remoteness bring? What is the role of networks, like IETM, for the “peripheral” arts communities? This IETM Porto session showcased some examples from Portugal, Slovenia, Norway and Lithuania.
Activists placed rainbow-coloured flower pots near policeman statue protesting against Interior Ministry’s official stance on rights of sexual minorities Students of Fortinbras theatre laboratory at Belarus Free Theatre staged a nonviolent protest near a policeman statue outside the Interior Ministry’s headquarters to support LGBTQ+ communities.
Arts Council England is to hire an economist for the first time, claiming the new role will enable it to make a stronger financial case for the sector.
This IETM Porto workshop tried to articulate the challenges that art professionals in different countries face when making and touring their work, with the aim of identifying key factors for creating greater equity and mutual understanding. The workshop also looked at the different ways art markets function across countries, different opportunities, constraints, regulations that come along, and the concept of an art market itself.

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