We are thrilled to announce that the annual Safe Havens Conference will be organised this time in Athens, Greece, where it will celebrate its 10th year anniversary. The conference will take place in November, following two days of knowledge and experience-sharing sessions with artists conducted in collaboration with the Arts Rights Justice Academy (UNESCO Chair at Hildesheim University). Safe Havens Freedom Talks (SH|FT) is honoured to also collaborate with an extensive network of local, regional, and international partners who share our unwavering commitment to human rights and the arts. Together, we will curate a dynamic programme that brings together the network of networks in the Arts Rights Justice field.

Safe Havens Conference 2022
Photo: Fredrik Elg

The Safe Havens Conference is a platform where actors from the human rights and arts fields converge, creating a safe and inclusive space for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and experiences. The conference vision and the content are developed in close collaboration with artists, who remain its primary focus, as well as organisations in the field. This year’s programme will be anchored in Greece and the MENA region, aiming to shed light on the challenges artists in the region face in a global context. The 2023 conference celebrates a decade of practice and charts the future by mapping the global arts ecosystem in the face of polycrisis. The programme will include round-table discussions, workshops, our usual ‘hives’ of experience-exchange as well as artistic interventions. 

The 2023 conference is organised by the Safe Havens Freedom Talks (SH|FT) in partnership with the UNESCO-Aschberg programme and supported by the Swedish Arts Council/SIDA Artistic Freedom Programme and Landscapes of Hope through Action for Hope. 

Please get in touch with us at post@sh-ft.org for further details.

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