The Proud Performing Arts ITI Workgroup, initiated at the ITI World Congress in July 2017, is starting up. This workgroup will engage in building a global network that aims to empower, encourage and elevate performing arts with a LGBTQ+ perspective and artists working with the matter. The network will be a platform for solidarity and inspiration striving to bring forward the different conditions for LGBTQ+ people all around the world.
- Proud Performing Arts should be a platform for exchanging experiences.
- Proud Performing Arts should facilitate distribution of and make visible performing arts with a LGBTQ+ perspective.
- Proud Performing Arts should inspire to exchange between artists, producers and presenters.
Urgent call: looking for Proud Performing Arts guests at EuroPride 2018
During EuroPride in Stockholm 1-3 August 2018 the workgroup is planning to hold the first network-meeting and would like to invite everyone are interested in working actively with these issues to join. The working group is also looking for lgbtq+ performers to come and take part of the program and perhaps join in workshops and panel talks. Financial means are available from the Swedish Institute to support the visit from specific countries.
Contact via the Swedish ITI: Katinka Richter at email@example.com o rMaja Alasalmi at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 3rd report of the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune has been published. The current report focuses on the contribution of artistic and cultural initiatives to creating and developing right-respecting societies.
The full report can be downloaded in 6 languages at the OHCHR site
Pearle* welcomes the proposal of the European Commission on a new EU common visa policy. The proposal to submit applications already 6 months in advance is a welcome step forward in accommodating the needs of the sector in preparing artistic tours.For artists regularly performing in Schengen countries it will also be an improvement that they will be able to obtain a multiple entry visa valid for up to five years in future, whilst the option for short-term visa at the external border may also respond to the need to be able to invite a third-country national artist for example in the case of a replacement for a specific role in a performance. Pearle* deplores the fact that the Commission proposes to increase the visa fee from 60 Euros to 80 Euros and calls upon the co-legislators to foresee an exemption in the case of visa application by touring groupsas it would put an important financial pressure on the alrea dy vulnerable financial situation of the live performance sector.
In in response to the Commission consultation on the modernisation of EU visa Schengen policy, Pearle* has called in February to improve the visa procedures so that third country national artists and cultural professionals can travel more easily to and in-out the Schengen zone.
Source: Pearle*-Live Performance Europe
Freemuse, together with PEN Sweden, launched today the State of Artistic Freedom Report 2018 in Stockholm.
The report illustrates the current state of freedom of artistic expression and creativity globally through monitoring, documenting and examining over 500 cases of violations of artistic freedom in 78 countries including in the traditionally democratic West. It exposes how human rights of artists, art communities and ordinary people were violated in 2017 and identifies patterns, tools and contexts of these violations. The report examines how the new world culture of silencing others turns women, minorities, including LGBT communities, into the voiceless and vulnerable at an alarming scale.
The UNESCO Chair ‘Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development’ at the University of Hildesheim (Germany) invites experienced arts professionals and practitioners from all world regions to apply for the second edition of the ARTS RIGHTS JUSTICE ACADEMY 2018, September 1 – September 8, at the University of Hildesheim, Northern Germany.
This one-week advanced training course focuses on knowledge-exchange on the threats to artistic freedom worldwide, on understanding the legal and rights framework and the role of civil society in the protection and defense of the right to artistic freedom.
Possibilities for part or full financial assistance are available.
Deadline for application is April 5.
The International Arts Rights Advisors IARA is conducting as survey on online harassment of artists. IARA is concerned that there is a chill on artistic expression as a result of artists being intimidated, trolled, harassed and bullied online in reaction to their artistic and expressive activities. The aim of the survey is to understand the nature and scale of these threats, how they impact on artistic activity in the online space and what steps can be taken in response.
The survey is open until April 15 and will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.