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Why Won’t The Arts And Entertainment Industry Talk About The Threat Of Terrorism?

Thursday, June 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
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For years now, I have ‘thrown in’ questions about security and potential terror attacks at the end of my interviews. And for years now, the conversation has been brushed aside. Venue managers, and festival managers, from some of the most prestigious organisations across the world, have told me they do not want to speak about the threat of terrorism at their venues. The subject has never been up for discussion. Yet we have seen attacks at a holiday resort in Turkey, at a nightclub in Paris, in Madrid, in New York, on public transport in London plastered across the media.

...In our industry, we talk loudly about women’s issues like they are zeitgeist. For example, when I put an industry-wide call-out for contributions for our “women in the arts” feature, we were flooded with suggestions and engaged thousands of people on Facebook. By contrast, our recent call-out to talk about security fell to the ground with a silent thud: two people responded – and then one backed down."

Maria Roberts, Editor of Manchester-based International Arts Manager (IAM) magazine, talks about why the creative industry shuns the conversation about the terrorism. Read the full article on the IAM's website.

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