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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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Some of the changes and novelties in the freshly released programme stem from the shift in EU’s overall guiding priorities. The focus on “growth and job”shifted towards greening, gender equality and social inclusion.
Last year, we helped to circulate a major survey produced by On The Move and commissioned by the British Council through Europe Beyond Access. Out now, their striking preliminary “Time to act” report highlights the barriers that disabled people experience when accessing the arts.
Culture/SHIFT is focused on harnessing the role of creativity and culture to tackle the climate emergency. Inspired by the work of civic artist Frances Whitehead and the embedded artist project , the programme seeks to mix the skills and competencies of artistic and non-arts partners to address urgent climate and sustainability related issues.
This report presents some of the reflections and discussions on the relationships between performing arts and climate action held during the digital IETM Galway Satellite Meeting in December 2020.
Following the “Make culture central in the EU recovery” open letter we published and endorsed on 30 October 2020 together with 109 other pan-European cultural networks, our group comes together again in a second letter to reiterate our call to the national governments and the European Commission to secure a future for culture and cultural life in Europe.
Our SHIFT Newsletter on Gender & Power Relations tackles the #METOO movement, gender inequality and gender-based violence in the workplace – and the urgency for structural changes in the cultural and creative sectors.
Through Rewiring the Network, the members of IETM took part in a year-long journey to collectively engage in envisioning a transition into a more sustainable future for the performing arts. The report of our work is an accumulation of ideas which now need to be turned into concrete strategies for the coming years.
Polarization is a widespread problem, including in prosperous countries, so it seems. For those who don't live in one of the richest countries in the world, which the Netherlands still is, this may sound like insane absurdity. But discontent is growing everywhere.
The joy was indescribable, the day that Leeuwarden was chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2018. But once the bid was won, the problems started. An article by Jeffrey Meulman.
The Covid-19 crisis has proved devastating for the cultural and creative sectors. IETM's Head of Policy and Research Elena Polivtseva connects the impacts of the pandemic to a longer-term failure to adequately address the working conditions of cultural professionals, calling for EU action to help protect the sector’s future.

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