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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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On the Move, the cultural mobility information network active in Europe and worldwide, and Polo Cultural Gaivotas Boavista presented the conversation Tips and Advice for Artists and Cultural Professionals to Internationalize Their Careers and Artistic Practiceslivestreaming from Lisbon, Portugal on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 24 May 2018.
Towards cultural democracy: promoting cultural capabilities for everyone is the final report of King’s fourth Cultural Enquiry. On the basis of a 15-month research project, it presents a timely and distinctive vision of how to build a cultural life for the UK that is valuable for everyone, and made by all.
My first contact with the concept of cultural appropriation happened in July 2015 because of “Kimono Wednesdays” at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA). On the occasion of the display of Claude Monet’s “La Japonaise” (a painting of the artist’s wife, surrounded by fans, wearing a blond wig and a bright red kimono), visitors were invited to put on a kimono similar to the one shown on the painting and share their photos on social media.
Is there an ‘expiry date’ for being an emerging artist? What if an artist’s career veers off the trodden paths and traditional routes, and keeps on emerging in new environments and in new shapes?
This speech is a call to broaden our canon and continue making transnational alliances in an effort to make institutions better reflect the differences in society, which will ultimately benefit the cultural (and other professional) sectors.
German minister of culture Monika Grütters announced on May 2 that the country plans to increase its arts funding by approximately $353 million, Monopol reports. If approved by parliament, the $2 billion budget for culture and media would be increased by 23 percent from the previous year.
A flip side perspective on the current focus on diversity: in debate, policies & measurement.
There is no doubt that making a commitment to assist artists at risk is tough. It is challenging enough to read about the plight of persecuted populations in the papers or watch news of oppression on television. The narratives and images yank at our hearts, cause our stomachs and throats to knot up. Sometimes the images haunt us for days. Eventually, though, we change the channel, toss the paper out, and get on with our lives.
We are living in a moment when many contemporary artists have turned to social engagement as an artistic form. Like philosophers, they bring into an investigative light the behaviours, words, and deeds that society is taking for granted.
IETM welcomes the outline of the new Creative Europe programme, which is seemingly more oriented towards social and democratic values, empowering citizens, promoting fundamental rights and democratic participation, and “sustaining open, inclusive and creative societies”. We also appreciate the European Commission’s willingness to “support the creation and dissemination of quality and diverse European works”

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