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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Menotyra / History and theory of arts (H003)
Author(s): Staniškytė, Jurgita
Title: From institutional fatigue to creative communication: audience development in Lithuanian theatres
Is part of: Nordic theatre studies : yearbook for theatre research in Scandinavia. Goteborg : Föreningen Nordiska teaterforskare, 2018, Vol. 30, iss. 1
Extent: p. 72-88
Date: 2018
Note: eISSN 2002-3898
Keywords: Public theatres;Lithuanian theatre;Audience development;Partic-ipatory culture
Abstract: A considerable decreasing number of visitors to artistic and cultural institutions, which in certain European countries has dropped 50%, the unfavourable demographic situa-tion, receding public finances, the growing competitive ability of user-oriented, interactive entertainment industries, and the new technology sector, which is especially disturbing for artistic institutions in post-Soviet countries, where they are used to limit competition –these are the major issues that are forcing the decision makers of cultural politics tofocus their attention on art audiences at the topmost institutional level. In the context ofthese transformations, the concept of audience development, denominated by NobukoKawashima “a conflicting term” almost two decades ago, is becoming even more com-plex. Placed at the centre of the political and financial agenda of the European Union(EU) by its cultural policy makers, it is, on the one hand, born out of the desire to placepart of the financial burden of support for cultural institutions on the shoulders of thepublic, but on the other hand, it also signals the wish to shake up the passive Europeancitizen, to activate his/her civic sense through artistic practices, or even to help “combatsocial exclusion”. The article focuses on the theoretical and practical implications as wellas the effectiveness and limitations of various forms of audience development employedby publicly funded theatres in Lithuania. Empirical research is based on qualitative inter-views with managers and art directors of Lithuanian theatre companies as well as focusgroup audience research. The larger questions about the possible outcomes of variousaudience development strategies – whether during these developments, Lithuanian the-atres will become places of creative cooperation open to diverse audiences or simplyfields of aggressive marketing – will be addressed as well
Affiliation(s): Teatrologijos katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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