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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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The creative case for diversity advocates one conversation about art - how it is created and engaged with, how it innovates and communicates - with the true value of diversity and equality at the heart of it. Everyone has a stake and a say in the creative case
FIA’s recently published "Handbook of Good Practices to Combat Gender Stereotypes and PromoteEqual Opportunities in Film, Television and Theatre in Europe" flagged up many interesting practices, among which was the development and use of a “Gender Checklist” in the live performance sector in Sweden. The Gender Equality Checklist contains questions on how gender equality is ensured in all work-related aspects in the performing arts, from planning of rehearsals to ways of working, casting, costuming, make up, marketing, etc. The list is designed as a tool to help identify possibilities and...
fair warning this post will be long – there was just so much to take in. I’ve spent the last week in Amsterdam for the IETM (informal European theatre meeting) Plenary. I had applied for a bursary from the British Council which helped towards the cost of it. I honestly could not have afforded to go without it. To be honest I hadn’t even heard of the IETM prior to British Council’s call-out. Now I’m wondering how? The meeting is a large meeting, more like a conference with around 700 delegates attending. The days were filled with panel sessions, working sessions and theatre performances in the...
“Wouldn’t you just die without Mahler?” This classic line from Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, spoken by the broken aesthete Trish, signifies both main character Rita’s entry into the realms of cultured bohemia and the hysterical emotiveness often associated with the late composer. A confession. I used to think I suffered from some mild form of anhedonia, an alienation from responses like those experienced by Trish. An aesthetic deficiency which meant I wasn’t able to be taken cognitive hostage by the cultural works I had consumed after reading heady reviews. Novels that had left the reviewer...
The public debate on artist fee guidelines "Who pays the artist?" was the logical next step after BKNL (Beeldende Kunst Nederland) had published results of the second survey on artist fees, published in November 2015. Those results shows that the call for a new directive is widely supported. Artists, art support organisations, arts centres and even the national government, all agree upon the fact that the current situation is unsustainable.
The Cultural Value project, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, looked into the question of why the arts and culture matter, and how we capture the effects that they have. The Project had two main objectives. The first was to identify the various components that make up cultural value. And the second was to consider and develop the methodologies and the evidence that might be used to evaluate these components of cultural value.
For those steeped in contemporary art theory, walking into Zuccotti Park was an uncanny experience. In a kind of historical displacement, contemporary art was at that moment thrown into relief as a distant prefiguration or prophecy of what was now happening in real time, too close for the comfort of the exhibitions, conferences, and catalogues within which the radical aspirations of contemporary art had sought refuge. As an historiographical provocation, one that admittedly borders on the eschatological, it might be said that this moment of passage represents the end of socially engaged art .
Arts Rights Justice has written a Public Toolkit Public Toolkit for artists, cultural workers and organisations facing violations of artistic freedom, and for arts associations, networks and cultural organisations that may already have or want to have a role in protecting artists and artistic freedom, as well as for human rights and free speech NGOs that are working on protecting artists and artistic freedom.
Conference "Theatre and Net" (May 2014) by Heinrich Böll Stiftung
The last few months have been rather busy- I've moved to Berlin and Sarah is growing a baby! But incase anyone wondered what else we've been up to, here's a round up of a trip I made to an arts conference in Budapest very recently... Arriving in Budapest ahead of the IETM (international Network for Contemporary Performance) I felt rather excited, full of intrigue and anticipation. For those unfamiliar with IETM, it’s members comprise an international body of like-minded arts professionals, coming together twice a year (sometimes more) to thrash out current issues within the arts, share ideas...

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