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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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Este informe, encargado por el Observatorio de la Artes Escénicas Aplicadas (Instituto del Teatro, Barcelona), propone un diagnóstico sobre la situación de las artes escénicas aplicadas en Cataluña. Los objetivos de este informe son los siguientes: · Definir las características y analizar la situación actual de las entidades e instituciones que trabajan en el ámbito de las artes escénicas aplicadas a la comunidad, la educación y la salud, mediante un estudio de diagnóstico centrado en Cataluña pero que tome en consideración tendencias y algunas referencias significativas observadas en el...
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In the past two years, several members of The Freedom Theatre (a theatre and cultural centre in Jenin Refugee Camp, occupied Palestine) have been unable to travel due to either denied visas or denied entry/exit by border officials. The Freedom Theatre senior staff member Mustafa Sheta was recently denied exit by Israeli border authorities to attend a visa appointment at the US Embassy in Amman. Third-year acting student Osama Al Azzeh was denied entry by Jordanian border authorities to participate in community theatre performances in refugee camps. In the past two years, several members of...
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“No future without culture”. Placing culture at the heart of international cooperation is essential if we are to make development a sustainable process. ECDPM applies a culturally sensitive approach to development by working on societal dynamics and their interaction with policy-making.
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"The first fruits of the EU’s new “cultural strategy” for external relations was on show at the Development Days conference in Brussels on Wednesday (15 June), as a theatre troupe from both warring sides in Sri Lanka showed how working together could aid in post-conflict resolution."
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The Hungarian government regards all autonomous organizations as a threat and is attempting to bring them under its own influence, or make their operations impossible.
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A little soupçon of beauty? Joanna Mendelssohn, Associate Professor, Art & Design: UNSW Australia There comes a time in the ancient Chinese lingering execution, lingchi or Death by a Thousand Cuts, when the prisoner begs for the final stroke to end the torture – and life. The good news is that the latest round of Australia Council four year funding grants shows that it is not there yet. Some essential visual arts publications have had their four year funding renewed, as have some exhibition spaces with a fair national spread. From looking at what has been funded (and from hearing the...
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En première ligne de la précarisation et de la casse du droit du travail, les intermittents du spectacle lancent plusieurs occupation de théâtre parisien et appellent l’ensemble des travailleurs à construire le tous ensemble et la grève générale reconductible.
Emma Wilson
A group of American artists travel to a nation affected by war, to help Ugandans tell their stories using music, dance, and drama.
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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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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