PLANNED ACTIVITIES 2023
I shall co-conduct two workshops for Executives and participants with my colleague Sara Whyatt at the 9th World Summit on Arts.
Invited as specialist for Nordic expert talks om artistic freedom
Invited by FRA – The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights for “Human Rights Leaders and Experts meeting on 7 September in Rust, Austria.Putting human rights at the heart of Europe’s future
South Asia, 2022
Key note speaker and facilitator at UNESCO regional awareness raising seminar on ‘Artistic Freedom’ seminar, which especially explored two fundamental issues that are being monitored within the Convention’s framework, namely the protection and promotion of 1) freedoms of creation and expression and participation in cultural life; and 2) the social and economic rights of artists and cultural professionals.
Keynote at UNESCO/EUNIC workshop: Artistic freedom and its place in international cultural relations. How deep is artistic freedom integrated in our foreign policy activities, in which international cultural relations play a significant role? These and other pertaining issues were discussed during a hybrid EUNIC Knowledge Sharing Workshop in November 2021. The workshop was co-hosted by EUNIC, the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Delegation to the OECD and UNESCO.
Facilitator at a two-days’ workshop for civil society and government officials on policies and measures to protect, promote and monitor artistic freedom.
A two-day national training with over twenty Ethiopian civil society and governmental actors. Held within the framework of UNESCO’s Aschberg programme for artists and cultural professionals, it brought together curators, festival organizers, visual artists, graphic designers, film directors, musicians, as well as members of the National Theatre, the Filmmakers and Producers Associations, the Writers Association, along with senior representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Intellectual Property Rights Office. The participants reviewed policies and measures to protect and promote artistic freedom. The workshop was facilitated by Ole Reitov.
UNESCO convened in Bangkok, Thailand, from 12 to 14 February 2019, the first meeting of the new EU/UNESCO Expert Facility, to discuss global strategies to support the emergence of strong and dynamic creative sectors in developing countries. I was among the 42 international experts, with recognized expertise in issues related to creative industries, cultural entrepreneurship, cultural policy, cultural statistics and indicators, digital, artistic freedom, media diversity, trade, status of the artist, gender equality and
intellectual property rights.
The workshop, conducted by Ole Reitov and Sara Whyatt, brought together a group of 20 persons, both governmental and non-governmental actors working in Ghana on issues related to artistic freedom. The workshop served to facilitate a better understanding of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, and its goal to promote human rights and artistic freedom; exchange on existing laws, policies and measures which promote and protect artistic expression, and challenges that countries face; increase knowledge and understanding of the obligations that governments (in close cooperation with civil society) have in terms of reporting on policies and measures taken to promote artistic freedom.