Russian FSB investigated a case of embezzlement of 645,000 Euro for the construction of Malyi Teatr’s new venue. The internationally renowned theatre has been led by artistic director Lev Dodin for more than 35 years now and belongs to the leading theatre institutions in Russia. The case creates an atmosphere of intimidation, even though the investigations are officially directed at contractors commissioned for the new building.
“Heartbeat: Silence after the Explosion” was the performance which was attacked by a suicide bombing on December 11, 2014. When violence hits a second time, some of the artists went back on stage, playing the most daring piece they imaginable, on the streets of Kabul, unprotected.
The new documentary film TRUE WARRIORS tells the story of the actors and the musicians who were on stage that day.
A district court in Moscow has extended Russian theater director Kirill Serebrennikov’s house arrest by three months. His house arrest was due to expire on Friday, Jan. 19.
Also, investigators doubled the damages against Serebrennikov’s studio from 68 million rubles to 133 million rubles.
The launch of UNESCO’s 2018 Global Report took place at the UNESCO headquarters on 14 December. Since 2015, the report series examines how the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) has inspired policy change at the global and country level and puts forward policy recommendations for the adaptation of cultural policies to rapid change in the digital environment, based on human rights and fundamental freedoms of expression.
For the first time reports and recommendations from Civil Society Organizations have been added. ITI’s representative at the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Cornelia Dümcke, was a member of the international CSO working group for this report.
Report (252 pages) and a short Summary are free accessible at the UNESCO site in English and French.
On the occasion of the many censorship actions in Poland, Hungary or Russia (which massively restricted the artists in their work opportunities) the annual (in German and English) of ITI Germany for 2017 is focusing on the symptomatical developments of nationalism and populism, which try to hinder a democratic and culturally open togetherness. The new yearbook is thematically continuing the row of the past two annuals of ITI „Understanding“ (2015) und „Who is Europe?“ (2016).
The annual is accessible here.
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).