Artist Rights and Safety

In this section, advocates and artists discuss the dangers faced by creative people in different situations around the world, from sexual harassment in rehearsal rooms to retaliation from governments in response to political art, and what we can do to protect them. Consider starting with Jessica Litwak’s 2018 series Artist Rights and Safety.

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Silenced Theatres in 2021: Illiberal Democracies & Effects of COVID-19
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Silenced Theatres in 2021: Illiberal Democracies & Effects of COVID-19
ETC International Theatre Conference | The Week of New European Drama
Thursday 10 June 2021
Europe
The Future of Theatre and Performance Is Queer, but in Russia This Sounds Unimaginable
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The Future of Theatre and Performance Is Queer, but in Russia This Sounds Unimaginable
by VIKTOR VILISOV
1 June 2021
Safe Havens Freedom Talks: Ramy Essam and The Balaha Case
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Safe Havens Freedom Talks: Ramy Essam and The Balaha Case
Episode 1
Friday 5 June 2020
Egypt
exterior of a theatre building.
Silenced Theatres in 2021: Illiberal Democracies & Effects of COVID-19
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Silenced Theatres in 2021: Illiberal Democracies & Effects of COVID-19

ETC International Theatre Conference | The Week of New European Drama

Thursday 10 June 2021
Europe

The European Theatre Convention presented the panel Silenced Theatres in 2021: Illiberal Democracies & Effects of COVID-19 happening within the context of ETC International Theatre Conference and The Week of New European Drama. This panel will livestream for the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Thursday 10 June at 10 a.m. CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 11 a.m. EEST (Bucharest, UTC +3) / 9 a.m. BST (London, UTC +1).

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The Future of Theatre and Performance Is Queer, but in Russia This Sounds Unimaginable
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The Future of Theatre and Performance Is Queer, but in Russia This Sounds Unimaginable

1 June 2021

Viktor Vilisov talks about the realities of queer artists and art in Russia today.

The author, Chris Mayers (left), and Rachel Nicks (right) in a hospital scene for the play WAR.
Art at Work
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Art at Work

Class Consciousness and the Transformation of the World

20 April 2021

Chris Myers talks about the importance of class politics and makes a case for why artists ought to reckon with it, both as creative people and just plain workers.

overlapping collage of plays featuring kate mcgee's lighting designs
Industry or Community
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Industry or Community

What Are We Going Back To?

23 February 2021

Masha Tsimring talks about pay equity in the design world, the upsides and downsides of freelancing, how COVID-19 has affected designers, and more.

an actor laying onstage
The 4 Rs
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The 4 Rs

Exploring Trauma-Responsivity and Self-Care

21 January 2021

Claire K. Redfield shares why it’s important for theatremakers to create trauma-responsive rehearsal spaces and offers four Rs—realizing, recognizing, responding, and resisting—as a way to approach the process.

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Break Dancing in Gang-Dominated Guatemala
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Break Dancing in Gang-Dominated Guatemala

A conversation about breakdance battling across the Atlantic focusing on the situation of street dancers and artists in violent Guatemala

Friday 15 January 2021
Malmö, Sweden

Safe Havens Freedom Talks presented the conversation Break Dancing in Gang-Dominated Guatemala livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 15 January 2021 at 2:30 p.m. CET (Stockholm, UTC +1) / 13:30 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 8:30 a.m. EST (Boston, UTC -5) / 7:30 a.m. CST (Guatemala City, UTC -6)

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Safe Havens Global Stream 2020
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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

Thursday 3 December 2020
Malmö, Sweden

Safe Havens conference organized from Malmö, Sweden featured international resource-givers and policy makers in fields pertinent to freedom of artistic expression and the protection and defense of at-risk artists. Livestreamed 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).

Kar Eleggua Luna Olokun Laverde
Hazard / En Riesgo
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Hazard / En Riesgo

The Colombian Resistance Way / El Camino del Colombianx en Resistencia

3 December 2020

Kar Eleggua Luna Olokun Laverde talks about the relationship between state, culture, and art in Colombia; the effects of COVID-19 on resistance communities; cultural organizations that empower marginalized communities through art; and more. / Kar Eleggua Luna Olokun Laverde Sanjuan habla sobre la relación entre estado, cultura y arte en Colombia; los efectos del COVID-19 sobre las comunidades en resistencia; organizaciones culturales que empoderan comunidades marginadas a través del arte; y más.

Freedom Talks and Safe Havens event poster.
Never Again
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Never Again

A conversation around restrictive Chinese government policies on China’s Uyghur ethnic minority in Uyghur Autonomous region (East Turkistan)

Monday 23 November 2020
Malmo, Sweden

Safe Havens Freedom Talks welcomed the speakers who will hold a conversation around restrictive Chinese government policies on China’s Uyghur ethnic minority in Uyghur Autonomous region (East Turkistan) in a panel discussion titled Never Again at 8:30 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 13:30 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 14:30 CET (Berlin, UTC +1) / 21:30 SGT (Singapore, UTC +8).

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School of Resistance, Episode Ten: Speaking the Truth is Not a Crime
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School of Resistance, Episode Ten: Speaking the Truth is Not a Crime

Will free speech save our democracy?

Thursday 19 November 2020
Ghent, Belgium

Will free speech save our democracy? Turkish author and ex-journalist Ece Temelkuran discussed together with the former drone program technician and whistle-blower Cian Westmoreland and the international human rights lawyer Renata Ávila the right of free speech and its responsibility in an age of disinformation.

An aerial photograph of a picnic table spanning the US Mexico border wall with people eating on either side.
ArtsLink Assembly: Radical Hospitality
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ArtsLink Assembly: Radical Hospitality

Resilience and thriving strategies for 2020 and beyond.

Thursday 15 October to Friday 13 November
Online

The ArtsLink Assembly convened artists, thinkers, organizations, and activists to explore resilience and thriving strategies for art and artists in the (post)-pandemic world in a series of online events and discussions. Livestreamed Thursday 15 October to Friday 13 November 2020.

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Index on Censorship
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Index on Censorship

A panel on how Covid-19 is affecting press freedom globally

Friday 30 October 2020
Malmö, Sweden

Safe Havens Freedom Talks presented a panel in collaboration with Index on Censorship livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 30 October 2020 at 2:30 p.m. CET (Stockholm, UTC +2) / 13:30 BST (London, GMT +0) / 16:00 MSK (Nizhny Novgorod, UTC +3) / 9:30 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4)

School of Resistance, episode six, poster.
School of Resistance, Episode Six: Our Human Rights Are On Fire
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School of Resistance, Episode Six: Our Human Rights Are On Fire

Towards a humane migration policy with Muhammad al-Kashef and Efi Latsoudi.

Thursday 1 October 2020
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance, Episode Six: Our Human Rights Are On Fire livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 1 October 2020 at 20:00 CEST (Ghent, UTC +2) / 19:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 2:00 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 11:00 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7).

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Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia: Proxy Wars
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Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia: Proxy Wars

A panel on recent arts and culture censorship

Friday 25 September 2020
Southeast Asia

Safe Havens Freedom Talks presented the panel Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia: Proxy Wars in collaboration with ArtsEquator livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 25 September 2020 at 8:30 p.m. SGT (Singapore, UTC +8) / 2:30 p.m. CEST (Stockholm, UTC +2) / 13:30 BST (London, UTC +1) / 8:30 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4)

Ubumuntu Arts Festival poster.
2020 Ubumuntu Arts Festival — Stop, Breathe and Live
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2020 Ubumuntu Arts Festival — Stop, Breathe and Live

A Virtual Celebration of Arts and Humanity, organized from Kigali, Rwanda.

Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July 2020
Kigali, Rwanda

The Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali, Rwanda presented their 6th Annual Conference & Festival livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July 2020.

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At Home and in Lockdown with Belarus Free Theatre
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At Home and in Lockdown with Belarus Free Theatre

The Show Goes On

30 June 2020

verity healey examines how Belarus Free Theatre is making work during COVID-19 and dives in to their latest show, A School for Fools.

two miniature people balancing on a red brick in a desert.
(En)forced Mobility
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(En)forced Mobility

A conversation hosted by On the Move, a cultural mobility information network

Tuesday 9 June 2020
Brussels, Belgium

On the Move — a cultural mobility information network — presented a conversation about (En)forced Mobility livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Tuesday 9 June 2020 at 10 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 14:00 UTC +0 / 15:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 16:00 CEST (Brussels, UTC +2).

Safe Havens Freedom Talks: Ramy Essam and The Balaha Case
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Safe Havens Freedom Talks: Ramy Essam and The Balaha Case

Episode 1

Friday 5 June 2020
Egypt

Meet Ramy Essam, rock star, human rights defender and an important voice in the Egyptian revolution, in conversation on the Balaha case with Alfons Karabuda from UNESCO founded International Music Council (IMC), Andra Matei, Avant-Garde Lawyers – Defending Artists. Sanni Kahilainen, campaign leader and with Ole Reitov, consultant and founder of Freemuse as the moderator.

a large group of protesters with a Chilean flag
Theatremaking During Political Crisis
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Theatremaking During Political Crisis

A Conversation with Chilean Playwright Guillermo Calderón

19 November 2019

ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower speaks with Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón about the ongoing protests in Chile.

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Culture After #MeToo 
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Culture After #MeToo 

A panel hosted by Játéktér Theatre Journal — Cluj, Romania

Wednesday 29 May 2019
Cluj, Romania

Játéktér theatre journal presented the panel Culture after #MeToo livestreamed from Planetarium Cafe in Cluj, Romania on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 16:00 UTC+0 / 5 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 CEST (Budapest, UTC +2) / 19:00 EEST (Cluj, UTC +3).

It Doesn't Have to be #MeToo
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It Doesn't Have to be #MeToo

Progress of Education and Prevention in The Theatre

actors onstage
From Kosovo
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From Kosovo

A Playwright Who Provokes Change

4 April 2019

Karen Malpede sits down to talk with Kosovar playwright and provocateur Jeton Neziraj about freedom and theatre.

three actors onstage
Theatre and Politics in Malawi
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Theatre and Politics in Malawi

2 April 2019

Mischeck Mzumara looks at the fearful realities of political involvement in Malawian theatre throughout history.

Performers on the set of 50 Shades of Gay
Performance of 55 Shades of Gay: Balkan Spring of Sexual Revolution by Qendra Multimedia (Kosovo)
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Performance of 55 Shades of Gay: Balkan Spring of Sexual Revolution by Qendra Multimedia (Kosovo)

Presented by La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

Sunday 10 March 2019
New York City

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City presented a performance of 55 Shades of Gay: Balkan Spring of Sexual Revolution by Qendra Multimedia (Kosovo) livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Sunday 10 March 2019 at 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 19:00 UTC +0 (London) / 20:00 UTC +1 (Berlin).