Defending Artistic Expression in Europe
Artistic Freedom Europe
Freedom of artistic expression is continuously challenged around the world, including in Europe. Contrary to conventional belief, the freedom and right to perform, facilitate and enjoy art and culture freely in Europe is rapidly closing as right-wing populism rises and civil society spaces shrink. Freemuse has now a presence in Brussels as part of our effort to raise the profile of artistic freedom in Europe. Freemuse has started a European focused project that conducts research, advocacy and campaigning beginning with the European 2019 Election as a key opportunity to influence changes in laws, policies and practices.
In the context of this project, in January 2020, Freemuse launched its first report on the State of Artistic Freedom in Europe in the European Parliament. The report entitled: Security, Creativity, Tolerance and their Co-existence: The New European Agenda on Freedom of Artistic Expression outlines how European governments carry the legal responsibility to respect, protect and fulfil obligations to artistic freedom. It further draws attention to the alarming trend of governments targeting artists under laws such as anti-terrorism legislation or laws prohibiting offending religion or insult to the state.
This project has been made possible with the support of the Swedish Postcode Foundation.
Freemuse Focus Countries in Europe
Freemuse has been monitoring the state of artistic freedom throughout Europe. Select a focus country from the map below to read more on particular countries of concern
Europe Map (Europe project)