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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

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

"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

How the Royal Court puts the world at the heart of its work

| by Eleanor Turney

This autumn sees new plays by writers from Chile, Syria and Ukraine at the Royal Court. Eleanor Turney explores the theatre’s workshop programmes around the world, which have had a profound influence on international and UK artists alike

Will Edinburgh continue to be a marketplace for European theatre?

| by Lyn Gardner

Acclaimed companies from Europe, such as Ontroerend Goed and Aurora Nova, have built their international reputations at the Edinburgh Fringe. Producers from Belgium, Germany, Finland and the Czech Republic tell Lyn Gardner why the Fringe is a crucial date for them – and whether they will continue to head there after Brexit

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

Imagined performances and possible futures

| by Andy Field

Techno-fantasy, ecological terrors and political satire. Forest Fringe’s Andy Field takes us through Imagine 2037, our festival of imagined performances on a hilltop in Edinburgh 20 years from now – which launches on 19 August in Edinburgh and online


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