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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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An ambitious and large scale project, The Big Anxiety festival – a University of New South Wales initiative run over seven weeks in Sydney – is trying to not only get people talking about their mental health, but also to alleviate some of the associated pain.
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The newest addition to our Fresh Perpesctives series, 'Permission to Stare', explores the complex nature of how disability is defined in contemporary dance. The publication offers a theoretical essay locating disability in the arts, and a collection of personal letters, presenting complementary approaches to this topic.
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Music, dance, theatre, and halqa[1], have always been part of Moroccan culture and folklore, with their geographical specificities and diversity of expression - whether secular or spiritual.
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Arts Council England’s Head of Diversity, Abid Hussain explains some of the organisation’s recent initiatives to improve the diversity and accessibility of the UK’s arts sector. This includes: flagship disability commissioning programme, Unlimited; diversity strategic funding through its Elevate and Change Makers programmes; a big drive to capture diversity data and hold publicly funded organisations to account with it; and, adding budget categories for access for both artists and audiences into its funding application process.
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The European Commission has released the 2018 Work Programme of Creative Europe, which outlines the policy framework, the priorities and the actions implementing the Creative Europe programme in 2018.
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Do you want to know what are the resources we recommend to foster mobility and internationalisation of the performing arts?
Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing, Place du Panthéon, Paris, 2015. Photo: Martin Argyroglo © 2015 Olafur Eliasson
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Climate change has in recent years become a core component of global agendas, with major world summits such as the annual COP meetings involving heads of state, national and local governments, private actors, civil society organisations and individual citizens. In addition to its evident global dimension, climate change has also entered the agendas at other governance levels, with relevant policy discussions, awareness-raising initiatives and specific measures being implemented at regional, national and local level.
www.agenda21culture.net
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Whilst stressing this potential for positive change, it is necessary to recall that processes related to the arrival of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants can involve instances of fear, friction and isolation, affecting both the host communities and the newly arrived. Cultural participation and interaction can play an important role in alleviating this, but, above all, holistic and transversal policy approaches, involving public authorities and civil society and being sensitive to the needs of all, should be promoted.
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The Reflection Paper by Culture Action Europe “Belonging and Becoming: A cultural response to the White Paper on the Future of Europe and the accompanying reflection papers” proposes a first answer to this question, reflecting the voices of over 500 cultural players throughout Europe.
Dounia BENSLIMANE
La musique, la danse, le théâtre, la halqa[1] ont toujours fait partie de la culture et du folklore marocains, avec leurs spécificités géographiques et la diversité de leurs expressions, séculaires ou spirituelles.

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