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While in some parts of Europe the arts are trapped by market reality and squeezed by restless demands for economic surplus, in others, creative freedom is guzzled by political agendas and suffocated by the presence of the state in the arts.

Liberalism, freedom, public support, state interference; are these notions - being on our tongue every now and then - perceived in the same way in different historical, economic and social contexts?  This section gives us an insight into the various paradigms, challenges and aspirations prevailing in different parts of the globe.

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To what extent is international cooperation structured by cultural identity or, on the contrary, does it build bridges between cultures? What decides the methods, the topics and structures involved in intercultural dialogue? How does cultural diplomacy and international cultural cooperation create equity and mutual understanding? These questions were at the heart IETM Munich session Postcolonial minefields.
During the first week of December 2018, IETM Caravan brought 36 participants to the State of Palestine. For most of them it is their first visit to this state without autonomy in its ever shrinking territory.
Culture, sports, and social policy have all been folded into a new "ministry of citizenship."
Die Vielen's first "Glitter Demonstration" against the right took place in May 2018. Photo: Die Vielen.
In an unprecedented act of solidarity, leading organizations sign a declaration against intolerance and join forces in Berlin under a "flag" of the golden foil refugee blanket.
This mapping offers a in depth overview of the performing arts scene in Germany – its historical foundations which still dominate today’s structure, the key players in the contemporary field, the relevant festivals and venues, and current trends.
“We are not producing artists; we are creating leaders in society," said Juliano Mer Khamis, the leader of Freedom Theatre who was assassinated seven years ago. Freedom Theater reopend its theatre school, working alongside ASHTAR Theatre and Al Rowwad, to bring perspective in the lives of many young people in Palestine, a country with a high percentage of youngsters and an even higher percentage of unemployment.
Through conversation between Senator Dr. Klaus Lederer and artist-advocate Christophe Knoch, Friederike Landau explores how political decision-makers and artist-activists can work together to create meaningful change for the independent theatre scene in Berlin.
Dr. des. Friederike Landau & Christophe Knoch explore artist activism in Berlin, detailing the purpose of the Koalition der Freien Szene and weaving in thoughts from the city's senator for culture and Europe, Dr. Klaus Lsderer.
'Wales' - picture by Michał Huniewicz on Flicker
If Wales is known throughout the world it is most likely for its singing. The Welsh have often been heard to refer to it as “The Land of Song”, and although that might conjure up images of the echoing majestic voices of a Male Voice Choir, or Shirley Bassey’s wide arms, Tom Jones’ thrusting hips, or even Harry Secombe ’s Sunday evening hymns, the significance of this national attachment to “the voice” goes deeper than a simple love of singing. Wales’ deserved reputation for choric excellence has something much more keenly to do with communities, with social centre-points, but also with performance.
A platform promoted by Bússola, Outdoor Arts Portugal invests in reinforcing international acknowledgement of the Portuguese street arts and contemporary circus sector. It does this by developing events involving promotion and communication, the skill development and the international visibility of Portuguese artists and, yet, monitoring, investigation and documentation.

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