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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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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.
How is performing art inspired, produced and experienced in the peripheries of mainland Europe? What challenges and opportunities does geographical remoteness bring? What is the role of networks, like IETM, for the “peripheral” arts communities? This IETM Porto session showcased some examples from Portugal, Slovenia, Norway and Lithuania.
This mapping offers an overview of the contemporary performing arts scene in Portugal - key players, relevant venues, current trends - and seeks to capture a snapshot of the situation today, in the middle of important structural changes to the public funding system.
Maria Vlachou, directrice exécutive de Acesso Cultura | Access Culture, une association à but non lucratif qui vise à promouvoir l'accès à la participation culturelle au Portugal, écrit à propos du travail réalisé dans le pays afin d'abattre les obstacles structurels et géographiques qui s'opposent aux arts et à la culture.
Maria Vlachou, Executive Director of Acesso Cultura | Access Culture, a not-for-profit that promotes access to cultural participation in Portugal, writes about work being done in the country to break down structural and geographical barriers to arts and culture.
This Advocacy and Networking Toolkit provides information on what networking, advocacy and lobbying for the arts is actually all about, with examples of how collaboration can positively and professionally draw attention to these issues that concern artists and cultural workers. While it is rooted in Arterial Network's pan-African experiene, it provides lots of practical tips that can be adapted to other contexts.

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