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The situation of theatres in the EU member states

The purpose of this study is to provide a comprehensive mapping of the social and economic profile and impact of the theatre sector in EU Member States. The study has four main objectives:

1. To make relevant data available, which will bridge the knowledge gap about the theatre sector:

  • Data on the socio-economic situation and an overall picture of the sector;
  • Data about the reactions of theatres following the COVID-19 crisis;
  • Data on the educational aspect of theatre professionals.

2. To highlight best practices created and displayed during the COVID-19 crisis.

3. To facilitate action at European level as well as cooperation between organisations and artistic companies.

4. To provide input for policy recommendations and follow-up at European level.

To achieve this, we proposed a mixed-methods approach. We will carry out desk-research / systemic literature review, interviews (10 EU-level interviews, and 50 national-level interviews as part of the case study programme), 10 country case studies, and an EU-wide survey of public and private theatres and theatre professionals. The data collected will feed into a comprehensive mapping of the socio-economic situation of the theatre sector in the EU. The preliminary findings and recommendations of this study will be discussed in a validation workshop.


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