First ietm Report on Arts in Time of Pandemic

At the dawn of lockdown measures taken by governments across the globe, ietm has circulated a survey among its members to get a grip on how the new reality has affected them so far. Based on the key findings of the survey, this report, published on March 28, outlines the situation on an international scale, identifies the most burning needs of the sector in times of the pandemic and presents an overview of governments’ responses to the COVID-19 crisis. The report concludes with policy recommendations intended for EU, national and local authorities.

Elena Polivtseva: PERFORMING ARTS IN TIMES OF THE PANDEMIC. Status quo and the way forward. download (PDF)

IETM Digital Jorney to Tromsoe

On Thursday, 30 April, between 12:00 – 13:30 CET, ietm invites members and non members to a digital ditigal spring meeting.

The programme on Arts and Activism will include an opening Yoik led by Sami artists, a welcome word by the organisers, an inspiring keynote speech with room for discussion among participants, as well as an informal Kodak-moment to rise  raise glasses and cups to the spirit of activism, solidarity and fellowship. 

The meeting will be held online, through Zoom (register here)

Joint Policy Paper “Beyond the Urban”

Culture Action Europe (CAE), the European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC), IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts, and Trans Europe Halles (TEH) have published a joint policy paper on the significance of culture and the arts in non-urban and peripheral areas of Europe. Based on many years of experience, the paper identifies challenges for the many existing and potential projects in those areas, and offer policy solutions to support them.

“Beyond Urban – Contemporary arts and culture in non-urban areas as keys to a sustainable and cohesive Europe”

COVID19: Appeal of European Culture NGOs to Governments

Cultural NGOs in Europe are taking their civic responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID19 by  suspending events and travels. Whether employed or freelance, workers in the cultural sector, who are often in an already precarious situation, are now facing a sudden and dramatic loss of income.

Supporting an appeal by PEARLE* and others they urge all governments to adopt emergency measures that may adequately support the sustainability of the cultural sector.

ietm Plenary Meeting and General Assembly cancelled

ietm announced the cancelation of the 2020 Tromsø Plenary Meeting which was scheduled 30 April 2020 to 03 May.

President Asa Ruchardsdottir writes in a personal message: “We have had long dialogues with our partners in Norway and we have already started to imagine how we could host key sessions via digital means and possibly, smaller gatherings of members. We will update you with more information as soon as we can.”

EU 2021-2027: call for an adequate budget for culture in funding programmes

In the run-up to the special meeting of the European Council on February 20, 2020 and on the occasion of the #ActforCulture Action Day on February 17, 2020, eight cultural organizations in Germany, coordinated by the European Music Council, made an appeal to Minister of Culture Grütters, Federal Minister of Finance Scholz and Minister of State Roth from the German Federal Foreign Office. The ITI and the IGBK as members of the European Secretariat of German Culture NGOs also signed the call. Continue reading “EU 2021-2027: call for an adequate budget for culture in funding programmes”