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“Culture has always been crisis in Greece”

| by Lyn Gardner

After the financial crisis in Greece, how is its theatre scene surviving? Continuing our Culture after Brexit series, Lyn Gardner visits Athens and meets some of its most active makers and directors

The future of circus is social

| by Lyn Gardner

How can circus create change? What can artists in the UK and other parts of Europe learn from each other? As circus celebrates its 250th birthday, Lyn Gardner reflects on Fresh Circus in Brussels, continuing our Culture after Brexit series

What draws British playwrights to Europe?

| by Lyn Gardner

In the UK, do we take our European identity for granted? Our Culture after Brexit series continues with acclaimed writers Simon Stephens, David Greig and Zinnie Harris telling Lyn Gardner how artists in other European countries inject new meaning into their plays

"When we first went to Europe we found another world"

| by Lyn Gardner

Working in Europe was a formative influence for Forced Entertainment. Continuing our Culture after Brexit series, Artistic Director Tim Etchells tells Lyn Gardner how travelling helped the company grow and reflects on what the future might hold for younger companies

Making a new future at the Holland Festival

| by Lyn Gardner

Major theatremakers are speaking directly to how we live now. In the third of Lyn Gardner's dispatches from the Holland Festival, she encounters Dries Verhoeven's political fairground ride, Vincent Macaigne's ugly-beauitful dream, Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell's riff on madness and Ivo van Hove's dissection of obsession

"We need to keep the traffic between the UK and Europe"

| by Lyn Gardner

The UK outdoor arts scene has welcomed European artists with open arms. Lyn Gardner visits the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, reporting on ambitious new productions from the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, and talking to Artistic Director Bradley Hemmings about his hopes for the future

"There's an awful lot of British theatre I couldn't programme"

| by Lyn Gardner

Continuing her Culture after Brexit series, Lyn Gardner speaks to Ruth Mackenzie, Artistic Director of the Holland Festival, about taking risks, working with communities and discovering differences between working in Britain and the Netherlands

What does theatre have to say about democracy?

| by Lyn Gardner

In a new series for Culture after Brexit, Lyn Gardner embarks on a journey to explore the dynamics of theatre in the UK and EU. First, she visits this year's Holland Festival to investigate performances from the UK, Netherlands and Germany that feature topical debate, satirical manifestos – and Cate Blanchett


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