Freemue and Roskilde Festival announce new partnership to protect the human right to artistic expression

15 July 2019

Roskilde Festival Gives 1,5m DKK Grant Over Three Years—Freemuse Calls For Artistic Freedom Defenders.


Roskilde Festival Gives 1,5m DKK Grant Over Three YearsFreemuse Calls For Artistic Freedom Defenders

Freemuse and Roskilde Festival announce their partnership in protecting freedom of artistic expression at the Roskilde Festival 2019. The partnership includes 1,5 million Danish Kroner grant over three years and launches a call for Artistic Freedom Defenders to mobilise freedom of artistic expression actions.

In 2018, censorship was practised in at least 60 countries, affecting 1,807 artists and artworks—music, film and visual arts were among the top three targeted art forms. In response to this troubling reality, Freemuse and Roskilde Festival announce their newest partnership, which will see the strengthening of Artistic Freedom Defenders constituencies, where artists, activists, government and non-government organisations, professionals and allies can connect, exchange ideas, and help make the world safer for artistic expression. Free membership is now open at  

Freemuse Executive Director Dr Srirak Plipat says: “Freemuse is proud to partner with Roskilde Festival over the next three years. The festival has a strong legacy and reputation of supporting human rights and all arts and we look forward to sharing this mission with attendees, artists and allies.”

Today, Freemuse launches a call-to-membership campaign for Artistic Freedom Defenders globally at Building the Artistic Freedom Defenders network requires a robust membership base. Launching this call-to-membership with Roskilde Festival provides unique access to art lovers from all around the world.

Roskilde Festival Head of Programme Anders Wahrén says: “Artistic expression is something many of us easily take for granted, but censorship is something many people all over the world have to live with on a daily basis. What Freemuse are doing is incredibly important, and we really believe that we can change things with this partnership.”

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Emily D’Alterio

Communications Officer



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About Freemuse

Freemuse is an independent international organisation advocating for and defending freedom of artistic expression. We believe that at the heart of violations of artistic freedom is the effort to silence opposing or less preferred views and values by those in power—politically, religiously or societally—mostly due to fear of their transformative effect. Our work includes monitoring and documenting violations of artistic freedom, as well as exposing laws and policies that enable and sustain these violations. Freemuse’s approach is human rights-based and provides an international legal framework, as well as lays out the principles, for accountability, equality, non-discrimination and participation.

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