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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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What will the Trump administration mean for arts, culture and entertainment? How bleak — or not — is the outlook for everything? Will Congress, solidly under total Republican control, actually follow through on their decades-long threat to defund the National Endowment for the Arts?
Canada has welcomed more than 35,000 Syrians since last year, in stark contrast to other countries that are sealing their borders in response to the refugee crisis. To help them integrate, the country is turning to art—a critical part of Syria’s history and culture.
Art in public spaces in Lebanon: A research project and tool guide on the legal and administrative challenges and opportunities.
Platform: East European Performing Arts Companion
Platform: East European Performing Arts Companion – was written by thirty seven authors from twelve countries and is the effect of years of cooperation between theatre theorists, critics and historians from Central and Eastern European Countries.
supporter of Donald Trump - photo credit: AP/Matt Rourke (source: Salon.com)
At one point during the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton suggested that half of Donald Trump’s supporters belonged in “a basket of deplorables” which she described as consisting of “the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it.” Whether such “deplorables” are really half in the Trump camp or not, they have indeed reached a critical mass across the world - and many of the features that the “deplorables” share are “cultural”.
picture: Elena Di Federico, IETM
Cultural leadership and crossroads: with such fascinating words in mind I landed in sunny Malta, hoping to learn a lot and to get some refreshing views from the truly international group of speakers in the programme of the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture 2016 in Malta...
Things started going really bad in Spain between 2008 and 2011, with the beginning of cuts dictated by the European Commission, the Central European Bank and the International Monetary Fund - the dreaded Troika.
As the IETM Satellite Meeting in Beruit is underway, Raphael Khouri's story about being unable to tell people about a queer Arab play she directed is incredibly timely and important.– Geoliane Arab.
Wael Qadour, playwright and threatre director, not only asks the right questions, but dares to ask them at an unlikely time. While most people today defend artists’ absolute right to express themselves, Wael takes a step back and delivers a nuanced piece on the responsibility of artists and cultural professionals in building and voicing the discourse on freedom of expression.­­ – Geoliane Arab, series curator.
A prominent theatre figure in Lebanon and the Arab region, Hanane Haj Ali reflects in this piece on the personal and professional encounters that have made her the free woman she is today. With her upcoming work, Jogging—theatre in progress, which will be avant-premiered at the IETM Satellite meeting in Beirut, Hanane challenges legal, political, and social censorship and unfailingly reveals herself as an inspiration.—Geoliane Arab.

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