Dear friends,  


It’s my pleasure to begin this first FIA e-newsletter of 2017 by wishing you the very best for a happy New Year.


Today, more than ever, we need to keep fighting for the artistic, economic and social interests of all performers who we represent. May our commitment to diversity and inclusion find some positive echo in and beyond our sector.


First up is an article about “Dance Futures,” a new FIA initiative looking at transition schemes and mobility for dancers in Europe. While dancers are highly-committed performers, their careers are intensive, insecure and notoriously short. This initiative aims to drive forward the creation of professional transition schemes for dancers, and offer better information and protection in relation to the range of challenges they face, such as mobility, in certain European countries.


Our next articles will provide you with an update on FIA’s ongoing projects in Africa, India and Latin America. And, last but not least, you will find an article about the vibrant performing arts scene in Algeria after FIA travelled there to assist the Arab Theatre festival in Oran.


We hope you enjoy the read.


In solidarity,

Ferne Downey, FIA President

Latest News
Dance Futures: First meeting of the steering group

Dancers are a highly committed group of performers. They dedicate themselves to their careers with a devotion and single-mindedness that often leaves little room for other consideration. They would have been training and performing from a young age and often would have given little thought to their working future after they can no longer perform.

Empowering performer unions in Africa

FIA is successfully drawing a three-year programme in targeted African countries to a close. With a special focus on South Africa, Morocco and Ghana, the project – funded by Union To Union, the Swedish Trade Union agency for decent work, democracy and sustainable development - supported one-to-one capacity building partnerships 

Living (and dying) in Bollywood

FIA has been actively promoting proper health and safety standards in the burgeoning Mumbai film and television industry for some time now. Despite being the biggest one-country audiovisual producer in the world, India ranks worryingly low when it comes to protecting the lives of performers and making sure they can start their day without fearing it may well be their last.

Performer unions meet in Uruguay to strengthen regional strategies in Latin America

Although small in size, Uruguay is among the top countries in the region from a social and economic perspective. In Uruguay, you will find less economic disparity than anyplace else in Latin America. The country is also quite exemplary when it comes to democracy and diversity. Same sex marriage and abortion are legal, and press-freedom has been a key priority during the José Mujica presidency.

Theatre and freedom of expression in the Arab-speaking world

At the end of 2016, FIA was invited to attend the opening of the 9th International Arabic Theatre Festival, held in Oran, Algeria, from January 10 to 19, 2017. Under the patronage of the Arab Theatre Institute, this annual event brings together professional productions and theatre specialists from over 15 countries in North Africa and the Middle East. 

Atypical Work Project Handbook: The Future of Work in the Media, Arts and Entertainment sector

Throughout 2015 and 2016, FIA coordinated work on its European « Atypical Workers » project, in partnership with FIM, UNI-MEI and the EFJ. This project, funded by the European Commission, was intended to create a vital space for the project partners to engage with the challenges of atypical workers in our sector.

The Prime Role of Culture and the Arts in Society

The European Social Partners in the Live Performance Committee (Pearle* for the employers and the EAEA (made up of FIA , FIM and UNI-MEI for the unions) adopted a joint statement in 2016 on “The Prime Role of Culture and the Arts in Society”. It is a strong joint call on policy makers...

2016 Study: Analysis of the EU Audiovisual Sector Labour Market and of changing forms of employment and work arrangements

The members of the Audiovisual Sector Social Dialogue Committee (FIA, FIM, EFJ, EURO-MEI for the unions and CEPI, EBU, AER and FIAPF for the employers), agreed in 2014, as part of their biannual work programme, to engage jointly in a European project with the aim of carrying out a study describing in a comprehensive manner the audiovisual sector labour market across several EU countries and of the changing forms of employment and work arrangements in the sector.

Upcoming Events
Seminar: Dance Futures - Creating Transition Schemes in the Dance Sector, Brussels, 22/23 March 2017

This is the first seminar of the project "Dance Futures - Creating Transition Schemes for Dancers and Promoting Sustainable Mobility in the Dance Sector". This seminar organised by the International Federation of Actors (FIA) and the International Organisation for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD) ...

Next FIA-LA and UNI-MEI/ Panartes joint meeting will be held in Montevideo, 29-31 March 2017

Delegates from FIA-LA, the Latin American group of FIA, will gather with UNI-MEI/Panartes delegates in Montevideo, Uruguay for their yearly joint seminar. The event will be hosted by Uruguayan unions from 29 to 31 of November 2016. 

2017 Meeting of the EuroFIA Group and European CMOs, April 4th, Copenhagen

The annual meeting between the EuroFIA Group and European CMOS representing Audiovisual performers will take place in Copenhagen on the 4th of April 2017. It will be a one day meeting. It is hosted by our member unions DSF and DAF and CMO Filmex.

Meeting of the EuroFIA Group, Copenhagen 5-6 April 2017

The next meeting of the EuroFIA group will take place in Copenhagen on the 5-6 April 2017. It will be a one and a half day meeting.We will be hosted by Danish unions DSF and DAF.