Inclusion

We believe it is in the nature of the arts to hold up a critical mirror to society, and to break down barriers between its different groups. But is our sector fully reflective of the communities we live in?  

This debate is about the urgency to open up the arts to all of society - to all the classes, ethnicities, physical abilities, and backgrounds that constitute it.

 

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As a maker of plays about queer things, I’ve grown increasingly mistrustful of the trend toward homonormativity and sexual assimilation, a trend initiated by the gradual disremembrance of AIDS, and hastened further by the highly politicized pursuit of marriage equality. While the latter should certainly be celebrated as beneficial to those who seek its protections, the exaltation of traditionally heteronormative institutions is unsettling. These institutions are not wrong, but they seem to have propelled us with greater force down the potentially amnesic path that the writer Sarah...
Cape Town, aptly named ‘the colony’ by some of its residents, is a clear and horrifying example of the disparities in wealth distribution and the remnants of apartheid in post-colonial South Africa. While living conditions, education and job opportunities are limited for the person of colour – both due to the quality offered or affordability – many African creatives have found a way to tap into the monetising of their culture as seen through the European gaze.
Women are strongly represented and even overrepresented in the cultural and creative sector, or at least in some fields of this sector. However, despite what one could think when looking at their quantitive superiority in public cultural institutions or programmes of higher education in culture management and the arts, the creative sector is far from offering equal opportunities for women and men.
Does the way transgender people are represented on stage and on screen reflect reality?
I was sitting through yet another piece of theatre about the LGTBQ community, but one exclusively rooted in the gay male experience, when the question struck me: 'Where are the representations of lesbian and bisexual women in theatre?'
Plenty Productions shares its experience of developing new audiences for its show Snakes and Ladders through outreach and targeted marketing activity. An interesting read to learn how to engage Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) audiences, involving communities in touring productions, and developing audiences for touring productions.
The live performance sector - that is still today the main source of employment for performers throughout the world - is a very dynamic one. It has existed for centuries and has always been able to adapt. The pressures it is now confronted with are largely driven by the crisis-ridden global economic context and the expansion of IT and its related new technologies. This document reveals the numerous challenges that need to be overcome. This report presents the results of a survey conducted by tFIA (International Federation of Actors) in summer 2014. It is based on an online questionnaire that...
Using performers with disabilities brings a layer of authenticity that you don’t have to go searching for.
Este informe, encargado por el Observatorio de la Artes Escénicas Aplicadas (Instituto del Teatro, Barcelona), propone un diagnóstico sobre la situación de las artes escénicas aplicadas en Cataluña. Los objetivos de este informe son los siguientes: · Definir las características y analizar la situación actual de las entidades e instituciones que trabajan en el ámbito de las artes escénicas aplicadas a la comunidad, la educación y la salud, mediante un estudio de diagnóstico centrado en Cataluña pero que tome en consideración tendencias y algunas referencias significativas observadas en el...
The arrival and presence of refugees in Europe remains a critical issue. The policies of national and supranational governmental organizations are by and large ineffective and often hostile. Self-organizing grass-root initiatives of citizens in many different European cities and across countries have endeavoured to compensate for what the political ruling class is failing to do.

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