IETM, International network for contemporary performing arts, in collaboration with Culture Action Europe and UCLG – United Cities and Local Governments, released the mapping “Creation and Displacement. Developing New Narratives Around Migration”, that presents some of the artistic projects taking place in Europe and internationally with a focus on support, solidarity and engagement with refugees and migrants.
As the media narrative around refugee and migrant issues grows ever more toxic, we badly need new narratives around migration and displacement to keep our societies open and human. Everywhere across Europe and beyond, artists are showing their role as an immediate reaction task-force to help in the humanitarian crisis of people fleeing their countries and seeking refuge elsewhere.
What are the purposes of this publication?
- Artists and cultural professionals engaging, or willing to engage, in work with and for refugees and migrants can find here useful food for thought, practical suggestions and contacts to enlarge their collaborations and develop their own practices.
- Arts and culture professionals with a refugee or migrant background can find contacts with organisations who can ease or strengthen their connections with the artistic community in their new country.
- Arts funders and policy-makers at different levels can find initiatives proving the role and engagement of artists in working with refugees and migrants, as well as good arguments to support this kind of initiatives.
This IETM mappings is co-authored by award-winning documentary filmmaker Yasmin Fedda, arts consultant, researcher and producer Daniel Gorman, and theatre artist and activist Tory Davidson.