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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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Culture.Shift is a practical, hands-on guide to strategic audience development for the performing arts in Europe. It aims to be a companion to creative leaders interested in developing their audiences and creating deeper connections with their communities. It wants to encourage and support performing arts organisations on the road to a more strategic approach to audience and community engagement.
Each day, as the ongoing chaos in our world is on full display in the media cycle, I'm reminded of how essential arts organizations are to our communities. They provide a home and a platform for conversations and artistic expression that our society thirsts for. But I'm worried about them. Currently, they're fighting a range of headwinds that threaten their very existence -- and it's not just isolated cases. From challenges with fundraising and decreased arts coverage in press outlets to the struggles of growing an audience base to, much more recently, security concerns, there are many things...
Whether online or in person, open rehearsals are becoming a regular event for professional dance companies in Australia and overseas. Where, previously, open rehearsals were reserved for company donors and, in some cases, student groups, the past decade and a half have seen open rehearsals opened to the general public as a strategy for audience development and education.
Live and recorded screenings have the potential to develop and serve new audiences for small-scale theatre companies, as well as generate income, report concludes.
For a theatre company, its primary product – art on stage – remains platform specific, despite the always-encroaching live streams in movie houses. Ideally, audiences will continue to appreciate the unique nature of watching theatre live on stage. However, the content surrounding a play or musical should be far from a fixed experience. And audiences are craving context.
Democracy in Hungary seems to live through challenging times, yet the local independent arts actors struggle hard to remain true to their values and counter against the growing spirits of nationalism and discrimination planted in today’s political reality, as well as the government’s efforts to bleed them out. Driven by solidarity with our Hungarian colleagues and preoccupied with the state of democracies in the rest of Europe, we gathered 400 contemporary artists and cultural operators in Budapest to discuss and question today's relationship between art and democracy. The programme was...
How can arts and cultural organizations increase their own income or resources to develop a more sustainable practice without compromising their vision, mission and not-for-profit values?
Clara, assistant producer for Unlimited, introduces a new guide for producers and performance makers: Demystifying Access – how to create better access for audiences to the performing arts
A great amount of time, energy, and resources are put towards bringing in new, non-traditional audiences. But what are we doing with those newbies once they arrive? How are we treating them to ensure they come back?
The book No Culture, No Europe: On the Foundations of Politics, edited by Pascal Gielen brings together contributions by an interdisciplinary group of theorists and scientists who argue that the European Union’s lack of attention towards culture is the main cause of the today’s political and economic crises.

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