On 10 December 2020, Freemuse launched premier report on LGBTI artistic expression co-organised with the City of Krakow. In partnership with the City of Krakow, Freemuse hosted a three-hour seminar dedicated to human rights, activism, and artistic freedom.
The event included special address by Andrzej Kulig – First Deputy Mayor of the City of Krakow for Social and Municipal Policy, and a keynote speech by Maria Arena, Chair Subcommittee on Human Rights in the EU Parliament.
Artists all around the world are discriminated against because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. Many of the LGBTI artistic endeavours worldwide have been marginalised, and artists tackling LGBTI issues frequently face different types of repercussions because of their art.
The event included a series of artistic performances, the report presentation, and a panel discussion.
The pioneering Freemuse report, Painting the Rainbow: How LGBTI freedom of artistic expression is denied, reveals that even though LGBTI artists have been facing different types of discrimination in many different social, political and legal contexts no laws, traditions, or religions can entirely stop artistic expression around these issues.