Livestreamed on this page Thursday 3 December 2020 at 7:30 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 12:30 p.m. GMT (London, UTC +0) / 13:30 CET (Berlin, UTC +1) / 20:30 CST (Taipei, UTC +8).
Safe Havens Global Stream 2020
Resource-givers and policy makers in fields pertinent to freedom of artistic expression and the protection and defense of at-risk artists
Safe Havens Global Stream 2020 continued its series of online events with an open access Safe Havens webinar livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV at howlround.tv on Thursday 3 December 2020 at 7:30 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 12:30 p.m. GMT (London, UTC +0) / 13:30 CET (Berlin, UTC +1) / 20:30 CST (Taipei, UTC +8).
Following four days of rich discussion and 164 international registered participants during the Safe Havens Global Stream 10-13 November 2020, this Safe Havens webinar will host twenty-four international resource-givers and policy makers in fields pertinent to freedom of artistic expression and the protection and defense of at-risk artists.
The report of the November conference will be discussed in a one-day webinar at Round Tables on Thursday 3 December for international NGOs, institutions, policy-makers and funders. Reacting to the recommendations from Safe Havens in November, they will respond regarding their collective vision for the way forward. The Round Tables will be introduced and moderated by Karima Bennoune, current UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, and Farida Shaheed, the former UN post holder. A series of artistic interventions curated by Safemuse will be presented throughout the afternoon. Details of this event can be found in the programme below.
Confirmed panelists and discussants to date include the Swedish Arts Council; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Martin Roth Initiative; Prince Claus Fund; IFACCA (International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies); EU Protect Defenders; El Mawred; Freemuse, ICORN; the Artists at Risk Connection; Culture Action Europe; Freedom House; University of Hildesheim UNESCO Chair; York University Centre for Applied Human Rights; Artist Freedom Initiative, Perpetuum Mobile/Artists at Risk; Artists Protection Fund and others.
This year, the conference is based on two foundational principles as elaborated in 2018 by Safe Havens participants and Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights. First, it was a call to this ‘emerging sector’ combining arts and free expression, from international NGOs to local initiatives, to collaborate strategically and effectively. At the same time, the sector should prioritize people and initiatives working on the ground, wherever they are, to ensure they have greater voice and visibility.
The livestream program
Thursday 3 December 2020 (times in Central European Time)
13:30 - 13:35 – Music teaser from previous interventions
13:35 - 13:45 – Welcome and Introduction
13:45 - 14:55 – Round Table 1 – Moderated by Farida Shaheed, first and former UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, Executive Director Shirkat Gah Pakistan
14:55 - 15:25 – Discussion/participant input to Round Table 1
15:25 - 15:40 – Artistic intervention by Mai Khoi
15:40 - 16:50 – Round Table 2 – Moderated by Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights
16:50 - 17:05 – Artistic intervention by Lavon Volski
17:05 - 17:30 – Discussion/participant input to Round Table 2
17:30 - 17:45 – Closing remarks
About Safe Havens
The annual Safe Havens conference is a global network meeting between artists, activists, NGO:s, lawyers and intergovernmental organizations - sometimes referred to as the Arts Rights Justice sector, on topics related to artistic freedom and the support to artists, writers and other culture producers who face threats, persecution and censorship. The conference has its starting point in a human rights perspective and aims to be a meeting place for human rights defenders within the arts and academia as a way to make visible cultural operators. The conference is organized in a process of collaboration between different cultural operators and organizations, where focus is directed on the connection between culture and human rights. Furthermore, the conference is a way of visualizing the significant position of culture and academia in human rights advocacy and moving towards sharing and using knowledge between cultural operators, scholars and major human rights and cultural organizations.
About Freedom Talks
Our new programming series Safe Havens - Freedom Talks series is closely connected to the annual global Safe Havens conference which we have organized in Malmö since 2013, and in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019. The monthly Freedom Talks series will focus on issues regarding threats towards artistic freedom, free press and intangible heritage. Guests in the Freedom Talks series are highly knowledgeable and prolific actors in the global Arts Rights Justice sector – fighting for artistic freedom.
You will be able to watch live-streamed versions of the talks through our website and social media channels, and step by step we will open for an audience and on-site participants when the COVID-19 risks and restrictions are over. You can follow our channels for updates. The talks will be in- or translated to English.
About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.