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German International Theatre Institute's Yearbook: Arts under Attack

By The German Centre of the International Theatre Institute, 2017, 80 pages

As part of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), a global non-governmental organisation, the German ITI Centre is committed to numerous projects for the independent development of the performing arts, ranging from the protection of the diversity of cultural expressions to theatre artists' rights. The Centre recently published its 2017 yearbook, entitled Arts under Attack. This bilingual (German and English) work includes a series of texts focusing on the rise of nationalism and populism, phenomena that try to hinder democratic and culturally open unity. This theme was chosen following the rising rate of censorship in Poland, Hungary and Russia, which has significantly restricted work opportunities for artists.

The yearbook contains a variety of insightful articles from the likes of Hungarian philosopher Agnes Heller, Dutch-American sociologist Saskia Sassen, Croatian philosopher and activist Srecko Horvat, South African writer Mike van Graan and German cultural economist Cornelia Dumcke. The articles examine social frictions that are generating increasingly difficult conditions for the creation of art. In the course of the last year, the number of registered attacks on artistic freedom has more than doubled. This includes murder, kidnapping, imprisonment and censorship. "If we have freedom of expression - do we have freedom after expression?" - this is how Swedish UN human rights expert Alfons Karabuda summed it up.

The publication is available online at: https://issuu.com/itigermany/docs/iti_jahrbuch_2017_issuu_i