UNESCO’s report Re|Shaping Cultural Policies launched during World Press Freedom Day

Panelists went on to discuss the impact of digitization on distribution models, fair remuneration for artists, access for all to cultural goods and new forms of cultural participation.

Digital technology has become an important part of everyday life. It plays a part in the management of social relations, in community formation and in communication, panelists said. “Creativity is not only about income generation, underlined Adel Abidin, it is also about recognition and visibility, as well as agency and self-determination”.

“Our responsibility is to enhance within the public sphere the specific voices of artists, share their work through new platforms and give wider access to creative tools and expressions”, emphasized Leevi Haapala. “Opening on 31 March 2017 at the Kiasma museum, he added, will be the ARS17 exhibition on the global digital revolution. This will be a major opportunity to showcase artists of the new millennium and offer a fresh approach to contemporary art”.

Concluding the debates, Danielle Cliche, Secretary of the 2005 Convention and Chief of the Section for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, thanked Sweden and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency for their support to UNESCO’s first global report Re|Shaping Cultural Policies,

‘This is the first time artistic freedom is associated with World Press Freedom Day. This agenda also needs to be fed by the realities faced by artists and creators. Clearly, we must address the new challenges to creativity, artistic freedom in the digital age, in the pursuit of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals”, she underlined.

Issues relating to artistic freedom as a new development challenge were taken up during the talk show organized as one of the side events during the World Press Freedom Day celebrations on 3 May.