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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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The Security, Creativity, Tolerance and their Co-existence : The New European Agenda on Freedom of Artistic Expression outlines how European governments carry the legal responsibility to respect, protect and fulfil obligations to artistic freedom. The report further draws attention to the alarming trend of governments targeting artists under the existing laws such as anti-terrorism legislation, or with the use of laws prohibiting offending religion such as hurting “religious feelings” and art that is considered to be “blasphemous” or “obscene”.
This report presents a study on the circus sector in the European Union. The study focusses on collecting, creating and presenting quantitative and qualitative information to report on the current situation of the sector in the European Union.
This IETM Rijeka report explores the intersection between art and activism, focusing on increasing the political effectiveness of artistic action.
The main focus of the IETM Rijeka working session Please turn off your cell phone was the issue of attracting new audiences into what are considered as traditional performing arts venues and formats. How do we reach out to potential new audiences that do not identify as regular theatregoers? This report summarises the discussions held on who gets to participate and who remains excluded, and how this occurs when traditional audience behaviours are required.
A new UNESCO study uncovers persisting and emerging challenges artists and cultural professionals face and examines how countries around the world are addressing these issues through policymaking.
The far ones, invisibles, uncountables, the multitude - the ones who do not take part. It is not audiences, but their absent relatives, the ones who could not be understood, involved or included who are presenting the biggest disruption in the orderly polis of our culture.
Cultural development is inherently linked with the qualification of so-called artistic excellence and artistic autonomy. At the same time, cultural participation is an inseparable part of cultural democracy. Thus, enhanced cultural participation without compromising the arts represents one of the most important challenges for democratic cultural policy.
Performing arts practices of today survive in a peculiar ecology thanks to the role given to various cultural institutions, whose mission is no longer to produce art but to reproduce a consumerist relation to work in art, whereby the artists grow less and less present through their artworks and more and more through their labour.
Seven lessons learnt during a brainstorm at the IETM Plenary Meeting in Rijeka (24 October 2019)
This study concerns the attendance motivations for cultural services based on the audience’s level of knowledge. The purpose of this paper is to define the role played by general knowledge (e.g. cultural education) and specific knowledge (e.g. communication around a cultural product) in the attendance motivation trajectory of a cultural service.

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