National workshop in Ghana on artistic freedom

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Within the framework of the re-designed Aschberg programme for artists and cultural professionals, UNESCO will on May 3th and 4th organize a two-day training workshop for Ghanaian civil society and government officials on policies and measure to promote and monitor artistic freedom.

Catherine Afeku (Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture), Ama Serwah Nerquaye-Tetteh (Secretary General – National Commission of Ghana for UNESCO) and Danielle Cliche (Secretary of the 2005 Convention and Chief of the Section for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions) will open training, which also marks World Freedom Day 2018.

The workshop, which will be conducted by M. Ole Reitov (former Executive Director of Freemuse) and Sara Whyatt (former Deputy-Director of PEN International), will bring together about twenty people persons from governmental and non-governmental actors working in Ghana on issues related to artistic freedom.

This workshop will 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.

Others are exchange on existing laws, policies and measures which promote and protect artistic expression and challenges that countries face while increasing 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.

The first day of the workshop will introduce participants to the concept of artistic freedom and help to engage a discussion on global challenges to artistic freedom, the international legal frameworks regulating artistic freedom, social and economic rights of artists and data collection mechanisms.

The second day will focus on how to report on artistic freedom worldwide and in Ghana. Through group works, the participants will qualify how Ghana may report on artistic freedom as part of the forthcoming quadrennial periodic report submission to UNESCO on the implementation of the 2005 convention, which Ghana signed in 2016.


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