All themes

"Themes" is a stream of content generated or created by both IETM staff and our members. In focus are the subjects we consider essential in the contemporary performing arts today: the relationship with the audience, EU cultural policies, diversity & inclusion, sustainability of the sector, the value of the arts in society, and the paradigms, challenges and aspirations faced by the sector in different parts of the globe.

Nan van Houte
A flip side perspective on the current focus on diversity: in debate, policies & measurement.
Jessica LITWAK
There is no doubt that making a commitment to assist artists at risk is tough. It is challenging enough to read about the plight of persecuted populations in the papers or watch news of oppression on television. The narratives and images yank at our hearts, cause our stomachs and throats to knot up. Sometimes the images haunt us for days. Eventually, though, we change the channel, toss the paper out, and get on with our lives.
Mary Ann
We are living in a moment when many contemporary artists have turned to social engagement as an artistic form. Like philosophers, they bring into an investigative light the behaviours, words, and deeds that society is taking for granted.
Elenq
IETM welcomes the outline of the new Creative Europe programme, which is seemingly more oriented towards social and democratic values, empowering citizens, promoting fundamental rights and democratic participation, and “sustaining open, inclusive and creative societies”. We also appreciate the European Commission’s willingness to “support the creation and dissemination of quality and diverse European works”
Elenq
The European Commission has released its proposal for the European Union’s future budget (2021-2027). Read our reaction and share it as widely as possible.
Elenq
On the 2nd of May, the European Commision released its proposal for the EU’s budget for 2021-2027, a “pragmatic plan for how to do more with less.” (J-C. Juncker). Overall, the Commission proposes a long-term budget of €1,135 billion . Taking into account inflation, this is comparable to the size of the current 2014-2020 budget.
fbittencourt
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.
Michael Corriere
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.
Christy ROMER
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.
Pedro Penim
Is there an ‘expiry date’ for being an emerging artist? What if an artist’s career veers off the trodden paths and traditional routes, and keeps on emerging in new environments and in new shapes?

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