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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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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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While during the communist period, artists in Eastern Europe may have been restricted by ideology, today, it is the market that in fact constricts them, as they struggle to eke out an existence as creative labourers. While by no means free, performance and participatory art is perhaps attractive to artists seeking to address these issues because if they have to rely only on their own bodies, they usually find that they can.
Elena DI FEDERICO
The Canada Council for the Arts is getting a new funding model in April of 2017. Funding will be tied to diversity - in the artistic and technical crew, administration, audience and boards...
Libertad Titiriteros
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Two puppeteers in Spain have reportedly been jailed, charged with “glorifying terrorism” during a children’s show in Madrid. Alfonso Lazaro de la Fuente and Raul Garcia Perez were arrested after staging a show featuring the hanging of an effigy of a judge, the stabbing of a nun with a crucifix and several police beatings, according to reports. Sign the petition that calls for the immediate release of the two Spanish puppeteers (only available in Spanish).
Elena DI FEDERICO
Ai closed his exhibition Ruptures at Denmark’s Faurschou Foundation Copenhagen, in protest at a new law that allows Danish authorities to seize valuables from asylum seekers. “The way I can protest is that I can withdraw my works from that country. It is very simple, very symbolic – I cannot co-exist, I cannot stand in front of these people, and see these policies. It is a personal act, very simple; an artist trying not just to watch events but to act, and I made this decision spontaneously.”
Geoliane A.
“There was a group of men inside, some in uniform and others in plainclothes. They started shouting at me and asking me what my religion was,” he said. “Then they started asking about comics. I was confused.”
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German theatre Schauspielhaus Bochum invited the public to pack into a refrigerated truck to give them a glimpse into the hardships experienced by people trying to reach Europe from war zones.

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