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"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.

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Polarization is a widespread problem, including in prosperous countries, so it seems. For those who don't live in one of the richest countries in the world, which the Netherlands still is, this may sound like insane absurdity. But discontent is growing everywhere. Although the number of bankruptcies has never been so low thanks to government support, severe riots broke out in 10 Dutch cities against the corona....
The joy was indescribable, the day that Leeuwarden was chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2018. But once the bid was won, the problems started. An article by Jeffrey Meulman.
The Covid-19 crisis has proved devastating for the cultural and creative sectors. IETM's Head of Policy and Research Elena Polivtseva connects the impacts of the pandemic to a longer-term failure to adequately address the working conditions of cultural professionals, calling for EU action to help protect the sector’s future.
The European Commission and stakeholders published a new study that sheds light on the status and working conditions of artists, cultural and creative professionals.
When in November 2018 the Oslo-based Black Box teater premiered “Ways of Seeing”, a piece on the rise of the far-right rhetoric in Norwegian society, they hardly imagined that it would further evolve the main narrative of the play in real life. IETM got in touch with Anne-Cécile Sibué-Birkeland, Artistic and General Director of Black Box teater, to hear the story first hand.
Artistic freedom of expression is often subject to right-wing conservative religious attacks. This article explores the case of the Malta Festival from Poland, which led to a trial over the Polish Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.
In this Declaration from the European Theatre Forum 2020 co-written by IETM, we address the current challenges faced by theatre and the performing arts and put forward eight policy recommendations and actions to strengthen these sectors in the years ahead.
This short report summarises the key findings of our On the Road Munich, organised in collaboration with Meta Theater on 24 October 2020, both online and on-site in the Pasinger Fabrik in Munich, Germany.
In this fictional futuristic keynote speech presented during our second online Rewiring the Network brainstorm, former Minister of Culture of The Netherlands addresses the participants of the 2060 IETM Plenary Meeting in Kulusuk, Greenland.
This essay written by Théo Majcher in 2017 with the support of the European Network for Cultural Centres (ENCC) is adressing the theme of European identity through the values of arts and culture.

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