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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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If we want technology to bring us a better future, we must contest the imperative of speed and democratise engineering. We must bring more imagination to the field of technological innovation. Most of all, we must ask bigger questions about what kind of society we want. Technology will follow, as it usually does. (photo: Martin Parr/Magnum)
Even - indeed, especially - in the painful and complex context of the fight against terrorism, democratic societies should never renounce their own ideals.
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Two puppeteers in Spain have reportedly been jailed, charged with “glorifying terrorism” during a children’s show in Madrid. Alfonso Lazaro de la Fuente and Raul Garcia Perez were arrested after staging a show featuring the hanging of an effigy of a judge, the stabbing of a nun with a crucifix and several police beatings, according to reports. Sign the petition that calls for the immediate release of the two Spanish puppeteers (only available in Spanish).
From the workshop Production Houses vs Compagnies – IETM Budapest – Friday 6 nov. 2015
The Middle East Institute co-hosted a panel discussion exploring the value and impact of the arts in conflict zones. The panel was organized with the Media Lounge at the College Art Association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
This report notes that that while some progress has been made in embedding diversity across the arts and culture sector, there is more to do.
The concept of “engagement” in the arts is a tricky, slippery subject with a lot of room for miscommunication. At its most basic, engagement events are ones that allow people not just to be a passive consumer of the arts, but to engage in arts making.
'The unity that has been demonstrated by the theatre sector is resonating elsewhere... 2016 can be a year of seismic change for women in our country if we, men and women, continue to join our feminist voices together across sectors and across all areas of society'.
Ook in de cultuursector blijft ‘duurzaamheid’ een woord dat velen vaker bepleiten dan echt belijden. Mochten we dat discours nu eens hard maken met een fair practice-label voor duurzame cultuurorganisaties, op basis van hun eerlijke arbeidsvoorwaarden voor losse kunstenaars? En niet van bovenuit, maar van onderop. Het is trouwens al bezig: internationaal, maar ook in België. Voor je het weet, komt er een vakbond van kunstenaars van … image© Vincent Lynen
Ai closed his exhibition Ruptures at Denmark’s Faurschou Foundation Copenhagen, in protest at a new law that allows Danish authorities to seize valuables from asylum seekers. “The way I can protest is that I can withdraw my works from that country. It is very simple, very symbolic – I cannot co-exist, I cannot stand in front of these people, and see these policies. It is a personal act, very simple; an artist trying not just to watch events but to act, and I made this decision spontaneously.”

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