Solidarity is fine, but action speaks louder than words. The European Alliance of Academies is taking the European Union’s Europe Day on 9 May as an opportunity to advocate for the freedom of the arts – in Hungary especially.
In cooperation with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), the Alliance is launching an online petition to the European Parliament and filing a complaint with the UN Special Rapporteur for Culture, Karima Bennoune.
The European Alliance of Academies is calling for the violations of artistic freedom in Hungary to be opposed with the legal instruments available and for the legal framework to be enforced to protect the independence of cultural institutions and cultural workers wherever it is threatened. European Alliance of Academies calls for the violations of artistic freedom in Hungary to be prosecuted with existing legal measures and for the legal framework to protect the independence of cultural institutions and cultural practitioners wherever this is threatened.
The approach was discussed with stakeholders from culture and politics in Europe. German Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, will open the event with a welcoming address. Sabine Verheyen, Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Media in the European Parliament, will react from a European perspective. Alliance stakeholders from Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, the UK, Slovenia and Germany will present their means of Action.
With: Liesbeth Bik (Akademie van Kunsten/Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), Ferenc Czinki (Society of Hungarian Authors), Marion Döring (European Film Academy), Gyözö Ferencz (Széchenyi Academy of Letters and Arts), Wolfgang Kaleck (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights), Dominika Kasprowicz (Villa Decius Kraków), Christoph Markschies (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities), Jeanine Meerapfel (Akademie der Künste), Norbert Palz (Berlin University of the Arts), Aleš Šteger (writer), Marina Warner (Royal Society of Literature), among others
Presenter: Annette Riedel, Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Download Online Petition, European Parliament
Download Complaint Letter, UN Special Rapporteur for Culture
Supported by the Federal Foreign Office and the Society of Friends of the Akademie der Künste
More information on the event see here: Artistic Freedom in Europe