Can we talk? Art in the age of populism
We live in an age of confusion. Some political circles nourish our suspicion against the “other”, some incite our aversion to the neoliberal status-quo. Many propagate exclusion, as well as solidarity – with the unprivileged, amongst those who share the same ethnic identity… Each side assumes they own the moral case, demonising the opponent and believing they fight for a good cause. Meanwhile, simplification, antagonism and provocation are sweeping over the political scene.
What is populism – ideology, movement or simply a style? Is it a weapon against democracy – because it shrinks the space for plurality? Or is it its last vessel of hope – because it brings politics closer to the people? Is populism inherently bad, or is it just the guise it comes in?
How can we, in the art sector, counter populist hysteria and break down this black-and-white palette of political colouring? And how can we burst the elitist bubble we have become trapped in, and provide for more engagement with our co-citizens?
Brussels, the city of diversity and contrasts, will host IETM’s Autumn Plenary Meeting, gathering more than 600 arts professionals from all over the world to reflect on how art can help to overcome the “us against them” discourse, put together the pieces of fragmented societies and shape a truly different future.
The programme proposes a variety of sessions tackling art in the age of populism and other crucial topics affecting the sector. The sessions include keynote speeches, panel discussions, roundtable debates, interactive working groups, practical trainings, networking and mentor sessions.
The artistic programme offers a various range of performances from young to established makers and will give you a glimpse into the immense artistic richness of Brussels. Curated by an independent artistic committee, the artistic programme presents a selection of the city’s existing offers.
Both members of IETM and non-member participants are welcome to attend the meeting. Registration is required.
More information: https://www.ietm.org/en/Brussels
Registration deadline: 3 November
Organisers: IETM international network for contemporary performing arts, Kaaitheater, Charleroi danse
Partners: Beursschouwburg, LaVallée, SMartBe, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Kunstenpunt
With the support of: Creative Europe, Visit.brussels – Meetings & Travel Trade, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles/Officiel, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Brussels Capital Region, France Belgique Culture