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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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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.
German minister of culture Monika Grütters announced on May 2 that the country plans to increase its arts funding by approximately $353 million, Monopol reports. If approved by parliament, the $2 billion budget for culture and media would be increased by 23 percent from the previous year.
This mapping offers an overview of the contemporary performing arts scene in Portugal - key players, relevant venues, current trends - and seeks to capture a snapshot of the situation today, in the middle of important structural changes to the public funding system.
If you’re an American playwright and interested in having your play produced in Russia then a working knowledge of the Russian Theatre Union and the Russian Federation might be a pre-requisite. You must never forget that everything in Russia is political and their entire political system revolves around Russian President Vladimir Putin.
27 healthcare providers in the North West of England have committed to developing a cultural prescription plan for new and expectant mothers to give children the “best start” in life.
Luísa Roubaud reflete sobre a história da dança portuguesa.
Luísa Roubaud reflects on the history of Portuguese dance.

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