The State of Artistic Freedom? (in English)

18.05.2021, 16.30 – 17.45 CEST

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How about the state of artistic freedom in the world? While we focused during the last four sessions of our web talk series “artistic freedom” on Germany now with our 5th session we are going to broad up the perspectives. We will be given a presentation of the results of the worldwide monitoring of artistic freedom by freemuse (published in February). We got the chance of an insight view on the recent situation for artists in Belarus and we learn about an international program that aims to strength the promotion and protection of artistic freedom. Does this issue has any impact on our work? In which way? What can we do?

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I.       The State of Artistic Freedom 2021 in the World: Results of the recent report of Freemuse and its contextualisation
          Dr. Srirak Plipat, Executive Director of Freemuse

II.      The State of Artistic Freedom 2021 in Belarus: The report of the Belarus PEN Center and personal impressions of the current situation
          Hanna Komar, Belarusian poet and translator

III.     The Arts Rights Justice Program as an example to strengthens the promotion and protection of Artistic Freedom
          Dr. Daniel Gad, Managing Director of the UNESCO Chair and head of the Arts Rights Justice Program

Dr. Srirak Plipat is the Executive Director of Freemuse where he devises a comprehensive approach to defend artistic freedom and cultural expression through research, advocacy and policy influencing. Previously, Srirak was Regional Director for Asia Pacific at Transparency International, a Director at Amnesty International (AI) London and Executive Director of AI Thailand. He has served as a member of the Working Group for the Establishment of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanisms and co-founded the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) Network in Thailand. Before joining AI, Srirak was a documentary film producer and writer. From Kingscote South Australia to Heatherley School of Fine Arts in London, Srirak has studied fine arts and music and holds a PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Daniel Gad is a cultural policy researcher and since 2012 has been managing director of the Hildesheim UNESCO chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development with a focus on artistic freedom, networking in the arts sector and the transformative power of the arts. In previous years he was a freelance advisor to the German Development Service (now GIZ), the German UNESCO Commission, the Goethe Institute, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Institute for Foreign Relations. He is a musician and a photographer.

Hanna Komar is a poet, translator, writer and activist. She studied linguistics at Minsk State Linguistic University, and after that took several non-degree courses in literature and writing.
Hanna has publications both in Belarusian and international newspapers, magazines and anthologies, her poetry translated into Polish, Ukranian, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Chezc and English. Hanna is an author of two poetry collections and a book of translations of Charles Bukowski poetry into Belarusian, she recently finished another poetry collection and is working on documentary prose about the protest after the election of 2020 in Belarus. Finalist and laureate of several independent literary awards, such as Maksim Bahdanovich Debut Award for the Best First Book in Translation and first poetry book in Belarusian, Natallia Arsenneva National Book Prize among others. Recently, together with Dmitry Strotsev, Hanna was awarded the 2020 Norwegian Authors Union Freedom of Speech Award. Member of the independent Belarusian Writers Union. Hanna has been actively involved in the civil and cultural resistance in Belarus beginning from summer 2020.