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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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Clustering has been successfully used by industrialists for centuries as a strategy to generate economic growth. Made popular by influential Harvard academic Michael Porter in 1990, and originally described by economist Alfred Marshall in 1890, industrial clusters are concentrations of interrelated organisations, firms, professionals and practitioners collaborating and competing in related industries.
In collaboration with On the Move and DutchCulture , we have published a new Toolkit for fairer international collaborations, written by Mike van Graan. The publication explores why and how artists and cultural professionals can adopt a more equitable approach to international and intercultural collaborations.
Having worked in the arts all over the world, Matina Magkou has observed some common challenges – and ways of overcoming them.
The European Commission has released its report on the mid-term evaluation of the Creative Europe programme (2014-2020). We are pleased to find out that many of our position paper's points have been taken into account by the Commission in the assessment of Creative Europe and in its recommendations for the post-2020 programme for culture.
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The New Agenda, backed with appropriate funding will exploit synergies between culture and education and strengthen links between culture and other policy areas. It will also help cultural and creative sectors overcome the challenges and grasp the opportunities of the digital shift.
The study examines the nature and extent of ESIF funding for education and training, culture, sport and youth, including the legal base for such support. Much activity in these areas is hidden in official data, under other headings, but all of the areas are already making a significant contribution to economic and social development.
This is a list of initiatives started in different countries after the Weinstein case. It's not exhaustive, and could be further updated at a later stage (also with your help - feel free to share your own resources!). This list was helfpul to prepare the discussion on bullying and harassment in the performing arts held at IETM Porto, April 2018.
The session on Bulllying and harassment in the workplace at IETM Porto was moderated by Lian Bell (Ireland) and Yamam el-Zubaidi (Sweden). Their presentations highlighted the recent developments in their respective countries in the aftermath of the #metoo campaign, which unveiled how common bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct are in the media and performing arts sector (like most other professional sectors).
On the Move, the cultural mobility information network active in Europe and worldwide, and Polo Cultural Gaivotas Boavista presented the conversation Tips and Advice for Artists and Cultural Professionals to Internationalize Their Careers and Artistic Practiceslivestreaming from Lisbon, Portugal on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 24 May 2018.
Towards cultural democracy: promoting cultural capabilities for everyone is the final report of King’s fourth Cultural Enquiry. On the basis of a 15-month research project, it presents a timely and distinctive vision of how to build a cultural life for the UK that is valuable for everyone, and made by all.

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