Worldwide

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.

Fernando BITTEN...
In the third issue of Polish Theatre Journal, we examine institutional practices in Polish theatre in the context of political and social changes. We analyse conditions for freedom of artistic expression and of mechanisms of censorship; we observe significant conflicts and struggles in theatre life, and scrutinize the entanglement of economic, political and aesthetic determinants.
Fernando BITTEN...
The new theatre season in Germany, especially in Berlin, has started with a lot of highlights. But the big news was that a group of about 100 German theatre activists called Staub zu Glitzer (Dust to Glitter) squatted in the Berlin Volksbühne between 22-26 September 2017.
Fernando BITTEN...
Diversity is a hot topic in UK performing arts as organisations try to better reflect their communities. But are there issues that are still neglected? In the second of a series of two blogs, find out what artists and practitioners think we should be discussing but aren't...
Fernando BITTEN...
If Africa is the cradle of civilisation, it is also the birthplace of artistic exploration: this continent produced the rhythms and call-and-response that continue to shape the contemporary music landscape.
Fernando BITTEN...
IETM launches the mapping ‘Contemporary Performing Arts in Lebanon: an overview’, which provides an outline of the Lebanese contemporary performing arts field, with its main issues and key actors.
Dounia BENSLIMANE
Music, dance, theatre, and halqa[1], have always been part of Moroccan culture and folklore, with their geographical specificities and diversity of expression - whether secular or spiritual.
Dounia BENSLIMANE
La musique, la danse, le théâtre, la halqa[1] ont toujours fait partie de la culture et du folklore marocains, avec leurs spécificités géographiques et la diversité de leurs expressions, séculaires ou spirituelles.
Victor MAYOT
Les artistes réclamaient 40 millions. Ils n’en ont obtenu que quatre. «Une insulte», hurlent les gens de théâtre, particulièrement affectés par le financement précaire du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). Pourquoi les arts de la scène rugissent-ils si fort? Résumé d’une situation de moins en moins tenable sur les scènes du Québec.
Victor MAYOT
People are stupid. Wait, hear me out. I didn’t say that – although in a time when Donald Trump can get elected US president and a referendum can doom Britain to inglorious isolation, haven’t you occasionally wondered?
Victor MAYOT
Des créatures affublées d’un nez de clown et vêtues de djellabas poussent des cris d’animaux. Des spectateurs sont invités à les rejoindre. Pas de gradins, pas de scène. Ici, le théâtre se tient hors les murs, à ciel ouvert, en plein centre-ville de Casablanca.

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