Index at Arts Rights Justice Forum 2017

When: 31 August 2017 1pm-5:30pm
Where: Vertretung des Landes Niedersachsen beim Bund, Berlin
Tickets: Free. Registration required.

Julia Farrington, associate arts producer at Index on Censorship, will be participating in the 2017 Arts Rights Justice Forum at the University of Hildesheim.

The ARJ Forum brings together international experts to discuss on understanding, protecting and defending freedom of expression and artistic freedom in relation to human rights and social justice.

Increasingly, we are seeing restrictions being placed on freedom of artistic creation, and specific threats are being made towards artists and defenders of human rights who are engaged in social transformation processes. This highlights the importance of considering artistic creativity and the role of artists in societies where human rights and freedoms are at risk.

This public forum will address the key issues on the topic of Arts Rights Justice:

  • How to protect and ensure freedom of artistic expression in times of emerging censorship?
  • To what extent do relocation and escape represent a strategy for threatened artists?
  • How can international coalitions sustain artistic expression and ensure that artists are protected in their working environment?

Invited Speakers:

Farida Shaheed – Former UN special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
Helge Lunde – International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN)
Mary Ann DeVlieg – International Arts and Rights Advisors (IARA)
Todd Lanier Lester – Independent expert
Diana Ramarohetra – Artwatch Africa at Arterial Network
Julia Farrington – Index on Censorship
Meriem Bousselmi – Carthage Declaration on the Protection of Artists
Anna Steinkamp – Independent culture expert
Dr. Andreas Görgen – Directorate-General for Culture and Communication at the German Federal Foreign Office
Prof. Wolfgang-Uwe Friedrich – Professor of Political Science
& selected participants of the ARJ ACADEMY 2017

Additional information about the Arts Rights Justice Forum can be found here.

When: 31 August 2017 1pm-5:30pm
Where: Vertretung des Landes Niedersachsen beim Bund, Berlin
Tickets: Free. Registration required.

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