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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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Creators and cultural locations have to rely on digital technology, not vice versa. After sketching the changing profile of an e-consumer in 2014, this study modifies the image of a new generation of cultural and creative entrepreneurs by first discussing the challenges of value-sharing from a new angle.
“Early dance is populated with females, yet the higher up the ladder you go the less women you see.”
"Art and culture are under immense threat. I am not thinking only about those sustained by public subsidy but about the fate of culture itself. Our system of collective and individual meaning-making has been given over to a market-machine for the capture of ‘profit without production’, whose dominating logic is financialisation and the battery of digitised metrics that goes along with it."
Cultural policies which ensure freedom of expression and promote creativity are essential for a country's long-term development. This was the main theme of a debate on 2 May, between UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova and six Nordic culture ministers, marking the start of this year’s World Press Freedom Day events in Helsinki, Finland.
"Intercultural communication also matters for international political achievements. Policy makers tend to talk over each other, rather than with each other, in global governance systems due to the lack of intercultural exchange." Helly, D. 2016. Intercultural integration and communication: An agenda for Europe. ECDPM Talking Points blog, 21 April 2016.
In a world where individualism has killed cooperation and the capacity for being and working together, where cooperation sucks and self-reliance seems so cool, we are smoothly and consistently dismantling all social ties. Why am I supposed to do something with my neighbours? I'd rather do it alone. Cultural initiatives that challenge this extremely individualized model of the world are worth closer attention, as they help us re-establish social ties and our trust in others.
Policymakers need to know that a policy “delivers”, and for that they need measurable results. This has skewed research towards quantitative methods, but these can’t capture the subtleties of the way we appreciate art. Appreciation is unpredictable. One can never know for sure what impact a work of art will have.
For three and a half days Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam turned into a buzzing hive of ideas and voices from across performing arts disciplines and from all over the globe. Around 700 arts and culture professionals engaged in meaningful debates, made friendships, conceived professional partnerships and delved into the Dutch arts world. The meeting revolved around Live Arts in Digital Times: how the digital has transformed our reality and the notion of art. Stating that live performance helps us counter the normative pressures of digitisation, Sally Jane Norman opened the meeting looking at how "...
En première ligne de la précarisation et de la casse du droit du travail, les intermittents du spectacle lancent plusieurs occupation de théâtre parisien et appellent l’ensemble des travailleurs à construire le tous ensemble et la grève générale reconductible.
Being at the crossroads between arts, business and technology, the cultural and creative sectors find themselves in a strategic position to trigger innovation and spill-overs in other sectors.

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