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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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Andrea Kovich talks about the importance of disability representation on Seattle's stages and Sound Theatre Company's recent work in that area.
Royal Opera House’s Swan Lake at DAGFEST 2018, Creative Barking and Dagenham Photo:  Jimmy Lee Photography
“It’s not somebody coming in to tell us we’re so uneducated we need to draw pictures!” – the words of a Made in Corby participant. Yes, that old chestnut again. Seems we’ve still not cracked it. Yes, there are some individual organisations doing great work, and yes there have been some well considered funding initiatives, but the overall pattern of who engages with arts and culture in England is still stubbornly stuck.
I’ve noticed a troubling trend in the world of transgender theatre. When I hear about a show with a trans character, even starring a trans actor, I rush to see it, wondering, What new frontiers of gender and identity will we be exploring tonight? And, almost very time, the answer is: None.
Culture, sports, and social policy have all been folded into a new "ministry of citizenship."
The cynical lesson learned: once lost, the added value of municipal support is undeniable....
There has been a growing interest in the role played by cultural activities in local development. When major traditional industries declined or disappeared at the end of the last century, cultural tourism and creative industries have been recognised as both a heritage and a lever for future development.
Departing from the current political, economic, humanitarian, and environmental crises of Europe, this session at IETM Munich gathered ideas to revive democracy and the European project, while rejecting ultra-nationalist parties that demand separation from the European Union and seek to return to a mythical notion of the nation-state, as well as the political-economical functionary elite that has used the EU for its austerity politics.
Why should we do participatory work? Is it possible for cultural institutions to manage cultural democracy? What are the power structures underlying participatory practices? To what extent is the participatory agenda aligned with the neoliberal agenda? How can we rethink participatory theatre? These questions were at the heart of the discussions of this IETM Munich session.
Eclipse Theatre is leading European theatre towards increased diversity – but with Brexit looming, how much longer can it last? Artistic director Dawn Walton tells how the Sheffield-based company is building international networks and encouraging directors to reach diverse audiences and programme work by black artists.
Die Vielen's first "Glitter Demonstration" against the right took place in May 2018. Photo: Die Vielen.
In an unprecedented act of solidarity, leading organizations sign a declaration against intolerance and join forces in Berlin under a "flag" of the golden foil refugee blanket.

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