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Video recorded by IETM at Gasteig München - Kleiner Konzertsaal on 2 November 2018 from 13:00 to 13:30. 

Munich, Germany
Friday 2 November 2018

They call me an artist by Liwaa Yazji and Ramzi Maqdisi

IETM Munich Plenary Meeting 2018

Friday 2 November 2018

IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts presented the talk They call me an artist by Liwaa Yazji and Ramzi Maqdisi on Friday 2 November 2018 as part of the IETM Munich Plenary Meeting 2018. 

How can there be meaningful work on a diverse society if ensembles and programs don’t reflect the diversity of the societies they are a part of? How can artists make any knowledgeable statement about their society, if their teams are not as diverse as society is? How do we stop casting or programing of migrant artists only because of their migrant backgrounds? Artists just want to be artists. Or should they use their specific origins to an even greater extent to make their voices heard?

IETM Munich Plenary Meeting 2018

1 November 2018 to 4 November 2018

Under the theme Res Publica Europa, IETM Munich has gathered 467 performing arts professionals for a collective exercise of reimagining the European project. During four days we reflected on how the European idea relates to various identities existing within, across and outside the continent, discussed the role of art in enhancing civic participation and new forms of citizenship, and exchanged ideas on how to better advocate for the arts.

The meeting’s program has also tackled some of the most vital issues affecting the performing arts professionals today: international collaboration in the field of production, relations with audiences, gender equality, art and globalization, art in rural areas, and artists' mobility, among others.

Curated around the meeting’s theme, the artistic program was an eclectic selection of performances from the German-speaking realm. Besides, participants had the opportunity to meet with the artists involved in the artistic works presented and dive into discussions about their creative processes and aesthetics.

A series of artistic walks and a guided tour gave us the opportunity to discover the hidden history behind buildings and landmarks of the Bavarian capital, and get an insider’s view on the local booming artistic and creative neighborhoods. The meeting’s informal atmosphere and the multiple networking and mentorship opportunities it offered allowed participants to develop new professional connections and forge alliances to make a stand for the arts in tomorrow’s world.

IETM Munich was organized in collaboration with Meta Theater.

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