The UNESCO report Freedom & Creativity: Defending Art, Defending Diversity provides an overview of current advances and challenges in the legal protection of artistic freedom, the protection of the social and economic rights of artists and cultural professionals, and the monitoring of artistic freedom at the national, regional and international levels.
Many organisations and networks in Europe have started to publish mapping, researches and online information about refugees' integration through art and culture and refugees / migrants as artists. This page is about listing these initiatives. Feel free to email mobility(at)on-the-move.org for further inputs.
Study by Hertie School and Open University for British Council and Goethe-Institut says they can. Can cultural activities help solve international challenges? Under certain conditions, they can reduce conflict and strengthen civil society, a group of researchers discovered in a project commissioned jointly by the British Council and the Goethe-Institut. Designed and conducted by the Open University (UK) and the Hertie School of Governance (Germany), the Cultural Value Project took a close look at the impact of cultural relations on “societies in transition”. The results were based on a series of workshops, interviews and surveys in Ukraine and Egypt and were published in November 2018.
The agency organised a high-level expert meeting in Vienna on 29-30 May 2017, bringing together participants from different EU Member States and horizons, including: human rights and fine arts academics; museum staff; curators; representatives of civil society organisations focusing on artistic freedom; and artists from the fields of photography, visual arts, comics, choreography, literature and music. Find the report online.
The Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), PEN America's newest initiative, is an online collaborative project encompassing more than 500 global organizations that provide resources that can help save the lives of threatened artists. Through this online hub artists and organizations alike now have a clear, easily navigable website from which to network or seek further assistance. ARC is a supportive environment, where artists can "connect," fostering progress towards positive change in human rights.
Arterial Network has released a free e-book compilation of poems, articles and works of fiction on the subject of freedom of creative expression in Africa, titled How Free is Free? Featuring contributions from 25 authors from 14 African countries, the e-book has been produced as part of Arterial Network's Artwatch Africa project that aims to defend freedom of creative expression on the continent - and who better than the artists themselves to share their creative environment, their questions and their experiences.
The 2015 report was compiled from a survey sent out to 195 countries which focused on four significant contemporary issues, Digital technologies and the Internet, ease of travel for artists, social protection and freedom of expression.
Artists around the world face threats, attacks and imprisonment. Some are forced to flee into exile. The Freemuse Advocacy and Campaign guide, available in Arabic, French and Pashto as well as English language suggests a number of practical actions organisations and individuals can take locally and internationally to support musicians and artists at risk.
The ECAS Knowledge Centre is an online collection of resources on two broad themes: EU Rights and Civic Engagement in Europe. It aims at assisting civil society campaigners, researchers, analysts, academics, advisors, policy makers and interested citizens navigate through the large amount of information available in a user-friendly manner.
Framing the Discourse, Advancing the Work Philanthropy at the Nexus of Peace and Social Justice and Arts and Culture
The report “Framing the Discourse, Advancing the Work: Philanthropy at the Nexus of Peace and Social Justice and Arts and Culture” is authored by Moukhtar Kocache. A valuable tool that is able to stimulate further reflection and exchange of lessons and opportunities for inculcating practices in philanthropy for supporting arts and culture work for its invaluable influence on the advancement of social justice and peace.
The Funders Task Force on Culture and Development is a multi-stakeholder platform of leading development donors. In February 2014 they gathered for a meeting in Brussels. The report of the meeting is now available.
Shelter from the storm? The asylum, refuge and extradition situation facing activists from the former Soviet Union in the CIS and Europe looks at some of the key issues around asylum, extradition and the provision of refuge for human rights defenders, political and religious activists and other controversial figures from the former Soviet Union.
EU study report on projects using cultural expressions as a lever for employment, human rights, democracy...
The study, commissioned by the European Commission’s Directorate General responsible for development cooperation, aims to illustrate how cooperation projects involving cultural operators, cultural sectors of activity and/or cultural content can contribute to current EU development priorities, especially within the framework of the Agenda for Change and the new EU Multiannual Financial Framework.
In March 2013 the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, published her annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is devoted to the issue of “The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity”. This highly interesting report adresses the multiple ways in which the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity may be curtailed - including by restricting the freedom of movement.
Freemuse are pleased to announce the publication of its first book, ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’, which is launched in a digital and on-demand paperback edition. The book takes an in-depth look at the crisis that overtook Mali in January 2012 and lead to a ten-month occupation of the northern two-thirds of the country by armed jihadi groups. The book examines the roots of those tumultuous events and their effect on the music and culture of the country. The income from sales of this book will support Freemuse in its work to help musicians who suffer persecution, discrimination or imprisonment around the world.
The Andorran Chairmanship of the Council of Europe is launching a campaign in support of the values promoted by the Council of Europe’s Convention on Human Rights. Let's read the Convention and make sure it's put into practice!
Freemuse has compiled statistics presenting a glimpse of the situation for musicians worldwide in 2012: a geographical presentation of musicians who were killed, attacked, abducted, threatened, detained, persecuted, imprisoned and threatened or subjected to censorship.
The paper proposes the development of a new conception of citizenship (more inclusive, active and plural) for all the peoples living in the territory of the partner States of the Union for the Mediterranean.
The study on the profile of artistic and cultural professionals in non-EU Mediterranean countries (Étude sur le Profil des professionnels artistiques et culturels en Méditerranée non Européenne) deals with legal and social aspects related to the work of artists and cultural operators in the region. It also deals with the social recognition of the artists and the role of mobility in the recognition of the artist and the dialogue between cultures.
The EU Culture Forum 2011 is now over - took place 20-21 October in Brussels - however it is worth keeping the 4 thematic papers on digitisation, skills, civil society empowerment in third countries, Culture as an investment for EU regions written for the background documentation.