This week, the 2017 Save Havens Conference in Malmö brings activists and Human rights networkers from all over the world together. Artists Rights Justice (ARJ) holds it’s annual meeting there and ACAR is presented by Ann Mari Engel from Sweden (Speaker) and Thomas Irmer from Germany (Coordinator).
The University of Hildesheim and its UNESCO Chair in collaboration with IPAH (International Performance Association Hildesheim) is happy to announce the CREATIVE HAVEN HILDESHEIM to take place in 2018 for a first time. The CREATIVE HAVEN will offer an endangered or in any way threatened artist a residency of 6 months. Part of the residence is a scholarship which includes housing, daily costs, mobility and fund for artistic work.
Depending on the individual interests, will and needs of the artist the residency will be connected to a curatorial project on communication on freedom of expression in public spaces and / or to any collaboration with arts centers in the city of Hildesheim.
The artist will also have the chance to take part in the 2nd Edition of the ARTS RIGHTS JUSTICE ACADEMY at the end of August or beginning September 2018.
Applications can be submitted to: CreativeHavenHildesheim@gmail.com
The United States and Israel announced on 12 October they were pulling out of the UN’s culture and education body. The double withdrawal comes as board members are voting to elect a new director-general, with Arab candidates from Qatar and Egypt vying with a French competitor. The US decision, announced in Washington, follows years of tension at the organisation which it accused of having an “anti-Israel bias.”
Already in 2011, the United States under president Barack Obama has cut off funds to Unesco as a punitive action after the Palestinian Authority was accepted into the UN agency as a full member in defiance of American, Israeli and European pressure. Within hours, the US announced it would withhold its huge contribution to Unesco’s budget as a result of the vote due to a 21-year-old law prohibiting the payment of funds to any UN body accepting the Palestinians as full members. The US contributes 22% of UNESCO’s annual budget.
The United States has walked out of the 195-member organisation once before under president Ronald Reagan, who quit in 1984 over alleged financial mismanagement and claims of anti-US bias in some of its policies. President George W. Bush announced America’s return in 2002.
Washington’s withdrawal is set to take effect on 21 December 2018, when it will establish an “observer mission” to replace its representation at the agency.
ACAR has joined the new Artists At Risk Connection platform which was launched on 10 October. ARC connects more than 500 global organizations that aims to provide life-saving resources to artists worldwide who face oppression, persecution, arrest, and violence for their creative work.
ARC is a three-year pilot program at PEN America, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Yesterday, at the opening of the Berlin Internationales Literaturfestival, 30 international writers, artists and students commemorated the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
ACAR made a successfull presentation about tools and partners for artists rights, presenting the recent Freemuse Report on artistic freedom violations “Art under Threat” and the Artists Rights Justice Toolkit. The congress decided unanimously a resolution to support the initiative of Ole Reitov at the 2017 World Press Freedom Day to call the UNESCO, UN and parties to create an UN Plan of Action for the safety of artists and the safe promotion of art, according to the reaction scheme for journalists. The second resolution which ACAR brought to the congress was also fully adapted. It expresses the support of ITI with the Israeli theatre and performance artists in their protest against the exclusion of PRISONERS OF THE OCCUPATION from this year’s Acco Festival (see letter to ACAR for detailed information). For congress participants ITI Germany and ACAR organized also a seminar on the role of Civil Society Organisations for the implementation of the UNESCO convention on Cultural Diversity. “The Declining of Diversity” was conducted by Cornelia Dümcke, ITI’s representative at UNESCO Cultural Diversity IG Committee.
Thomas Irmer (Germany), journalist and theatre expert, will be the new coordinator for ACAR. Ann Mari Engel (ITI Sweden) remains as spokesperson. Thomas Engel (managing director of ITI Germany), ACAR coordinator from 2011-17, remains in ACAR for backup from the German ITI centre.