All themes

"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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This report looks at the innovative instruments which can facilitate access to finance for the cultural and creative sectors. Such instruments need to be part of well-functioning and efficient financial ecosystems.
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Freedom of expression is essential to the arts. But the laws and practices that protect and nurture free expression are often poorly understood both by practitioners and by those enforcing the law.
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Managing art projects with societal impact is about creating and managing the power of art projects to change individuals and societies. This book offers insights, tools and case studies to explain how to influences and to raise your own reflections and new questions.
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Cultural producers adopt different strategies to cope with the effects of the great recession and differentiate the sources of their funds. Looking at a sample of cultural operators in Catania (Italy), the multi-product choice and the network-based co-opetitive solutions are examined to offer some policy suggestions.
Katherine Heid
The decision of UK citizens – to stay or leave the EU – will affect the cultural life of future generations all across the continent. So how do European citizens hope they will vote? Katherine Heid shares her perspective.
Mihail Buzov
Indian director and activist Usha Ganguly said theatre depicts reality better than any other medium of entertainment and was founded on the principles of promoting tolerance and peace in societies. “It is still doing its job … promoting peace and love between the Indian and Pakistani people,” she added. “When we say artists are ambassadors of countries, we mean exactly this.” She urged the Indian and Pakistani governments to relax visa policies in this regard.
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Public cultural institutions must be makers – and not hostages – of digitalisation. This requires resources – museums, theatres or libraries need to be able to actively invest in digital transformation – especially in times of dwindling public funding. At the same time, the Cultural and Creative Industries are experiencing an ongoing boom of investments in digital infrastructures including platforms and streaming services, which are attracting a dynamically growing demand. But high usage alone does not generate an income for artists and creative professionals in the digital age – on the...
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"The random and indiscriminate nature of air strikes in and around Sana’a made it difficult to pinpoint a completely safe area to hold the workshop." Filmmaker Sara Ishaq relates how a four-day art workshop helped give a degree of solace to Yemeni children made homeless by war.
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I am not known for throwing around “the race card.” But every now and then, it’s thrown on me, especially in the arts. And, when I took a position in building new audiences, but only for the black plays, things really hit home. After this experience, I would like to help devise the best practices in new audience development, and suggest beginning with genuine community engagement. But it took working this job I describe below, to get me here. I was given a ten-week, remote position with a regional theatre company that was funded through a major foundation that seeks to provide models for new...
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23-year-old Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha has been held by the Israeli military without any contact with his family since late last year. He hasn’t been charged with a crime and the authorities refuse to give a reason for his detention.

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