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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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The far ones, invisibles, uncountables, the multitude - the ones who do not take part. It is not audiences, but their absent relatives, the ones who could not be understood, involved or included who are presenting the biggest disruption in the orderly polis of our culture.
Cultural development is inherently linked with the qualification of so-called artistic excellence and artistic autonomy. At the same time, cultural participation is an inseparable part of cultural democracy. Thus, enhanced cultural participation without compromising the arts represents one of the most important challenges for democratic cultural policy.
Performing arts practices of today survive in a peculiar ecology thanks to the role given to various cultural institutions, whose mission is no longer to produce art but to reproduce a consumerist relation to work in art, whereby the artists grow less and less present through their artworks and more and more through their labour.
Seven lessons learnt during a brainstorm at the IETM Plenary Meeting in Rijeka (24 October 2019)
This study concerns the attendance motivations for cultural services based on the audience’s level of knowledge. The purpose of this paper is to define the role played by general knowledge (e.g. cultural education) and specific knowledge (e.g. communication around a cultural product) in the attendance motivation trajectory of a cultural service.
Bringing concrete examples from the Adriatic area, this book brings advice on how to reduce the impact that waste generated at events has on the environment in general.
Goran Tomka explores the definition of audience development from different angles, explains the correlation between spectatorship and citizenship, and studies the phenomenon of an implied or implicit audience.
©Illias Teirlinck
According to Bruno Latour, the defining cultural-political issue of our time is not the struggle between the Left and the Right, but that between the Local and the Global attractor.
© Image credits: “Inaugural Broadband Platform meeting” by European Committee of the Regions
Mariya Gabriel’s wide portfolio, as well as the lack of reference to ‘culture’ as part of its title, has brought some confusion regarding what is to be expected for.
Dr David Stevenson talks about audience diversification, confronts the dominant hierarchy of cultural activities, and looks to create space for valuing everyone's chosen cultural experiences the same way.

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