The State of Artistic Freedom 2020 report launch

14 April 2020
Blue background poster with an announcement of report launch,
Image: Artwork courtesy of Suzana Stojadinović


What: State of Artistic Freedom 2020 report launch

When: 15 April, 9 am – 10:45 am CET

Where: Live stream available here at 9 am CET

Who:  Unesco Sweden, Freemuse, Konstnärernas Riksorganisation and the Swedish Arts Council invite you to a digital breakfast seminar

Join: Watch the live event on YouTube or join a live discussion on Twitter at #artisticfreedomSAF20

Read the State of Artistic Freedom 2020 report on

As the world shifts into isolation and government’s enact state of emergency procedures, this marks a critical axis for the state of artistic freedom. The report and event will explore the critical climate for artistic freedom as global nationalist populism continues to restrict expression.

“Freedom of artistic expression is protected as long as it fits dominating narratives; politically, religiously and digitally,” said Dr Srirak Plipat, Freemuse Executive Director, “This report shows that the west is losing its leading position as human rights and freedom defenders at a fast pace, while the world grows intolerant and violent against non-mainstream views and expression.”

 The state of artistic freedom is in a critical state. On World Art Day, we invite you to join the conversation about the state of art and culture, its challenges and how together we can improve the right to freedom of artistic expression for all.

The seminar was:

Moderated by Zandra Thuvesson, Cultural Policy Strategist, Konstnärernas Riksorganisation

Included keynote addresses from Amanda Lind, Minister for Culture and Democracy, Sweden; Hilde Klemetsdal, Director for Human Rights, Democracy and Gender Equality in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Svante Weyler, Head of Board at the Swedish Arts Council and Géraldine Zeuner, Head of Culture and Development, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC.

Featured the presentation of the State of Artistic Freedom 2020 report by Dr Srirak Plipat, Freemuse Executive Director.

Included a panel discussion with Sara Edström – Artist and Chair of Konstnärernas Riksorganisation; Staffan Smedby, Head of Unit for Democracy and Human Rights, SIDA; Brittis Edman, Head of Policy at Amnesty International Sweden; and Nora Al Badri, visual/media artist.

Featured a musical performance by Jennie Abrahamsson.

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