Freemuse at Copenhagen 2021

3 September 2021


Freemuse was one of Copenhagen 2021’s executive partners during this year’s world pride. We hosted various activities concerning LGBTI artistic freedom and LGBTI artist and art.

On 16 August 2021, Freemuse organised Let’s Chat as a part of the 1:1 Democracy Festival. Let’s Chat provided space for open discussions about LGBTI+ issues, inclusion, and anti-discrimination with guests advocating for the LGBTQ community. The panel included Jacob Mchangama, director of Justitia, Bart Staszewski, LGBTI+ activist and artist, and Jasmina Lazovic, Freemuse’s Programme Coordinator – Global Monitoring. Watch the video from the event below. 


On 17 August 2021, Freemuse, together with LGBT Asylum in collaboration with the renowned cultural house Union in Nørrebro, organised the cultural event Asylum, Art and Action. The evening was a celebration of LGBTI+ refugees offering a diverse and engaging artistic programme featuring local and international artists and speakers aimed at the visibility of LGBTI+ refugees.

Artistic programme moderated by Yanaba Mompremier Rymark Sankoh, Head of Secretariat at LGBT Asylum, included the participation of Nicholas Chisha, a singer from Zambia, Michel, an activist from Colombia, Diva, a designer and belly dancer from Jordan, Line Mompremier aka Aswè, a singer-songwriter from Haiti/USA, Jessica the Goddess of Love, Bart Staszewski, LGBT+ activist from Poland, Elias, a drag performer from Syria, Sekai Machache, a visual artist from Zimbabwe/Scotland, speakers from Nørrebro Pride and Chief, a rapper.

The programme included a special remark from Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Image: Victor Madrigal-Borloz during his speech / Credits: Elizabeth Moen


The LGBTI Global Action Network (GAN) Workshop, organised by Freemuse on 19 August 2021, brought together partners representing the different artforms to discuss the state of artistic freedom for LGBTI artists and art and explore ways to address the challenges that artists/activists and cultural workers are facing. The workshop also provided an opportunity to introduce Freemuse’s initiative, the Global Action Network to Defend Artistic Freedom, and how the arts and culture sector could participate and benefit from it.

Throughout the week, Freemuse participated in the human rights forum and met with members of the Greens Party and the Swiss Social Democrats and members of the LGBTI intergroup.

Copenhagen 2021 is the most significant LGBTI+ event in 2021, combining WorldPride, EuroGames, eclectic arts and culture program, and a historic LGBTI+ human rights forum.


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