Research Project “Performing Arts within the Cultural Landscapes in Europe”

The documents and links, collected and assembled since last year, are describing the current status of the performing arts in European countries. They are formed like a bibliography and cover the following topics:

  • Artists searching for cooperation and work opportunities in other European counties,
  • Information centres and theatre institutes which research and compile information for artists.
  • Cultural-political networks using this material to develop arguments for the promotion of the performing arts,
  • Academic institutions searching for sources about the situation of the performing arts in Europe.

The documents and links have been split into five areas:

  • Information about national cultural politicians and the promotion of culture, presentation of the cultural landscape
  • The existing structures within the cultural landscape of the performing arts: institutions / festivals / projects / promotion
  • The social situation of artists (income, professional status, life circumstances)
  • Mobility (forms of and opportunities for mobility, promotion, barriers to mobility)
  • Social debate and aesthetic developments

Three research areas are available:

This research was initiated by the Flanders Arts Institute, Brussels, and ITI Germany (as member of the European Network of Information Centres for the Performing Arts / ENICPA).

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, a large part was completed in workshops of the European Secretariat of German Culture NGOs, with associations of independent performing artist from various European countries, the Federal Association of the Performing Arts (Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste), as well as members of Project Passage 23E.

In the coming weeks, ENICPA members and relevant networks and institutions are invited to contribute further information.

Please contact the board of ENICPA to take part.

Culture in regions and cities

The European Alliance for Culture and Arts regretts that the 7th cohesion report of the European Commission, which was presented at the opening of the European Week of Regions and Cities in October, does not take into account culture and the arts in its findings related to the measuring of social progress, education, well-being, health and urban infrastructures and in general in the future shape of cohesion policy.

The Alliance has called European, regional and local policy makers to integrate culture and the arts in the post 2020 objectives and future evaluation criteria of the social cohesion strategy.

Touring Artists website relaunch

IGBK’s and ITI’s joint information website for artists engaged in the cultural sector in Germany as well as those who want to work in Germany received an update. The site is now responsive to all mobile devices as well as to desktop computers.

The European Secretariat of German Culture NGOs

…is a permanent intersectional co-operation project of presently two German culture NGOs.

The partners from performing arts and fine arts, ITI Germany and IGBK, are both non-profit culture NGOs in Germany.

ITI Germany has 170 personal members and 30 corporate members. As part of the worldwide International Theatre Institute the German centre offers a comprehensive service to the country’s theatre people in making international contacts and in preparing and organising artistic encounters in Germany and guest performances abroad and festivals in Germany.

IGBK (Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste) represents the German National Committee of the International Association of Art (IAA) and unites with Germany’s three most important supra-regional artist associations more than 14,000 visual artists in Germany. IGBK provides information for international exchange programmes and organises symposia and workshops on topics of relevance to artists.

Since more than 20 years both NGOs are cooperating in terms of European culture policy with a joint membership in Culture Action Europe (former European Forum for the Arts and Heritage). The Secretariat organized two EFAH general assemblies in Germany (Bonn and Berlin). On the national level, joint meetings with artists and politicians on questions of EU culture policy and on culture funding programmes are a part of the regular work.

Since 2011, the Secretariat developed an online information platform for touring artists in and to Germany. «» went online 2013 and is connected with a free consultancy for artists and groups provided by SmartDe. The website is constantly reviewed for changes in national and EU law and regulations and extended according to the needs of the sector and the feedback of artists.

The European Secretariat of German Culture NGOs
c/o ITI Germany
Mariannenplatz 2
10997 Berlin

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