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"Art for art's sake is no longer an option"

| by Lyn Gardner

Exploring the arts, inclusion and Brexit, IETM Hull was a wake-up call, says Lyn Gardner. If the arts sector fails to diversify and engage more people across social divisions, it's in danger of becoming irrelevant. Part of our Culture after Brexit series

Whose voices are valuable?

| by Adam Bennett-Lea

Who's not here? IETM Hull begins on 28 March, exploring the reality of inclusion in society and the arts. Artists from IETM's artistic programme talk about what inclusion means to them, the barriers we face, and the importance of making space for everyone

UK theatre and dance festivals in 2019

| by Harriet Guest

Looking for some of the best contemporary performance from the UK and beyond? We've put together a snapshot of UK wide performing arts festivals from January to June

Dancing in my kitchen

| by Hetain Patel

Artist Hetain Patel turns YouTube vlogger in his new project about identity and cultural heritage. Watch the first episodes in the series and find out why he’s making films in his kitchen

Playing Juliet changed my life

| by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Colonialism, racism and Shakespeare. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown remembers a painful yet transformative teenage experience in 1960s Uganda

How to avoid tokenism

| by Tarik Elmoutawakil

Marlborough Theatre's Tarik Elmoutawakil shares his tips on how arts organisations and programmers can improve inclusion – without resorting to tick-box diversity

Walking in different worlds

| by Kamarra Bell-Wykes

How can you bring indigenous communities into mainstream Australian performing arts? Ibijerri Theatre’s Kamarra Bell-Wykes reflects on the importance of creating new opportunities, building an education programme, and how the UK arts scene compares to Australia

Confessions of a live art programmer

| by Aaron Wright

What is 'good' and 'bad' work? Are we just looking to see ourselves represented? Should we rethink curating? As Fierce Festival opens in Birmingham, Artistic Director Aaron Wright shares some blazingly honest reflections on life, art and live art


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