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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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Why should we discuss the question of freedom within the condition of neo-liberal societies? Is the question of freedom still relevant after all emancipatory movements in 20th century, after the fall of Berlin wall, after global march of democracy, last but not least after postmodernist denial of utopian thinking? We propose understanding of freedom as a process. Freedom is not a state. It is a dynamic set of relations in societies. Democratic societies are based on the protection of different rights including the right of free movement of people, religious, scientific and artistic expression...

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