The Nordic Culture Fund will host a seminar on artistic freedom at this year’s book fair in Gothenburg. The seminar will discuss current tendencies and challenges regarding artistic freedom of expression from both a Nordic and a global perspective.
In many countries, artists and cultural practitioners increasingly experience restrictions on their artistic freedom that attempt to control their artistic practice – a tendency that has become more prevalent with the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic and the turbulent international political landscape. In the Nordic countries as well, there has been a need to rethink and revise some of the institutional mechanisms that are designed both to ensure the free expression of art and culture and to support their role in the development of society.
In the light of current developments, the Nordic Culture Fund is hosting a seminar at the Book Fair in Gothenburg that focuses on the changing conditions of artistic freedom in the Nordic region and globally.
On Thursday from 4.45-5.30 pm, a qualified panel of experts with broad experience in culture, arts and diplomacy will meet to discuss the important issues. The panelists are Mika Romanus, Director of Konstnärsnämnden; Ziv Nevo Kulman, Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden and Eline Sigfusson, Director of a/nordi/c – think tank for art, culture and politics. The Director of the Nordic Culture Fund, Benny Marcel, will be welcoming the audience and initiating the conversation, whereafter the Director of Bonniers Konsthall, Ellen Wettmark, will moderate the debate.
The Gothenburg Book Fair will take place from September 22-25 at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre in Gothenburg. This year, the main themes of the fair are South Africa, crimetime, climate and voices from Ukraine.