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While in some parts of Europe the arts are trapped by market reality and squeezed by restless demands for economic surplus, in others, creative freedom is guzzled by political agendas and suffocated by the presence of the state in the arts.

Liberalism, freedom, public support, state interference; are these notions - being on our tongue every now and then - perceived in the same way in different historical, economic and social contexts?  This section gives us an insight into the various paradigms, challenges and aspirations prevailing in different parts of the globe.

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Dr. des. Friederike Landau & Christophe Knoch explore artist activism in Berlin, detailing the purpose of the Koalition der Freien Szene and weaving in thoughts from the city's senator for culture and Europe, Dr. Klaus Lsderer.
'Wales' - picture by Michał Huniewicz on Flicker
If Wales is known throughout the world it is most likely for its singing. The Welsh have often been heard to refer to it as “The Land of Song”, and although that might conjure up images of the echoing majestic voices of a Male Voice Choir, or Shirley Bassey’s wide arms, Tom Jones’ thrusting hips, or even Harry Secombe ’s Sunday evening hymns, the significance of this national attachment to “the voice” goes deeper than a simple love of singing. Wales’ deserved reputation for choric excellence has something much more keenly to do with communities, with social centre-points, but also with performance.
A platform promoted by Bússola, Outdoor Arts Portugal invests in reinforcing international acknowledgement of the Portuguese street arts and contemporary circus sector. It does this by developing events involving promotion and communication, the skill development and the international visibility of Portuguese artists and, yet, monitoring, investigation and documentation.
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Among the infinite possibilities of envisaging an arts-activist, the one that presently most occupies my imagination is the artist as gravedigger, the artist as human excavator.
How is performing art inspired, produced and experienced in the peripheries of mainland Europe? What challenges and opportunities does geographical remoteness bring? What is the role of networks, like IETM, for the “peripheral” arts communities? This IETM Porto session showcased some examples from Portugal, Slovenia, Norway and Lithuania.
Activists placed rainbow-coloured flower pots near policeman statue protesting against Interior Ministry’s official stance on rights of sexual minorities Students of Fortinbras theatre laboratory at Belarus Free Theatre staged a nonviolent protest near a policeman statue outside the Interior Ministry’s headquarters to support LGBTQ+ communities.
Arts Council England is to hire an economist for the first time, claiming the new role will enable it to make a stronger financial case for the sector.
Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan reaffirmed a commitment to the “arm’s length” funding of arts, when she visited the Arts Council on Monday as it announced arts funding for creative projects, artists and arts organisations.
Hamlet Babylon at Gogolfest 2013
The theatre landscape in Ukraine is diverse and contradictory. Presently, there are more than 120 theatres (state-funded and independent) functioning here, and the audience numbers are around 5.6 million per year (in accordance with government statistics). This is not including touring, projects and interdisciplinary practices.
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.

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