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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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Comment les arts peuvent saisir les opportunités offertes par les nouvelles technologies, sans pour autant compromettre la créativité ni céder à l'agenda néolibéral et aux intérêts économiques privés ? Une opératrice culturelle et une experte de surveillance en ligne engagent un dialogue pétillant sur le potentiel et les risques liés aux nouvelles technologies et aux réseaux sociaux. Elles proposent également des alternatives aux tendances actuelles. Lisez l'article en français , en anglais ou dans sa version originale bilingue (anglais-français) !
How can the arts embrace the changes triggered by the new technologies without compromising on creativity nor ignoring the neoliberal agendas and private economic interests lurking behind innovation? A cultural operator and an expert of online surveillance engage in a lively dialogue about the potential and the risks of new technologies and social media - and about existing alternatives to the current trends. Enjoy the article in English , in French or in its original bilingual version (English - French)!
In his keynote speech opening the IETM Satellite Meeting in Gwangju, dance critic Namsoo Kim mentioned the travels of a 13th century Flemish monk, Friar William of Rubruck, to the Mongolian courts of the Great Khans. In his account of this journey, William talked about the conversations in a big tent, set up for representatives of different religions to meet face to face. There, they had day-long discussions about their beliefs and differences, but always with mutual respect and at the end of the talks everyone raised the glass. A remarkable story that certainly inspired a group of 120...
On Cultural Safari in Tunis Developments in Tunisia’s cultural field go hand in hand with political shifts and (r)evolutions. Many twists and turns have taken place since the country gained its independence in 1955, and today Tunisians search, also through art, how to live their newfound freedom in an optimal way and to express their fledgling, fragile but multilayered identity. Everything seems possible and should be reconsidered: institutions, the government, society itself and the ways to develop it. After the revolution of 14 January 2011 - and the deposition of President Zine El Abidine...
Pourquoi devrions-nous aborder la question de la liberté au sein de nos sociétés néo-libérales ? La question de la liberté est-elle encore pertinente après tous les mouvements d’émancipation qu’a connus le 20ème siècle, après la chute du mur de Berlin, après le défilé mondial pour la démocratie, et, enfin et surtout, après l’abnégation post-moderne de la pensée utopique ? Par liberté, nous entendons un processus. La liberté n’est pas un état. Il s’agit d’un ensemble dynamique de relations au sein des sociétés. Les sociétés démocratiques se sont fondées sur la protection de divers droits, dont...
Why should we discuss the question of freedom within the condition of neo-liberal societies? Is the question of freedom still relevant after all emancipatory movements in 20th century, after the fall of Berlin wall, after global march of democracy, last but not least after postmodernist denial of utopian thinking? We propose understanding of freedom as a process. Freedom is not a state. It is a dynamic set of relations in societies. Democratic societies are based on the protection of different rights including the right of free movement of people, religious, scientific and artistic expression...

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