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Preventing "Cultural Catastrophe" in the Pandemic | A Cultural Rights Approach
***ASL, Spanish & Russian interpretation available***

COVID-19 has been a cataclysm for cultural rights, threatening a global “cultural catastrophe” with severe, long-lasting consequences for human rights if effective action is not taken immediately. The new report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, to the Human Rights Council surveys the negative impacts of COVID-19 on cultures and cultural rights worldwide, and the positive potential of cultures and cultural rights to advance rights-respecting solutions and build resilience in the pandemic and post-pandemic.

In this virtual event, the Special Rapporteur will be joined by Cuban artist performance Tania Bruguera, English actor, writer, and theatre director Simon Callow, Zimbabwean cultural expert and producer Daves Guzka, co-founding Artistic Director of Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) Natalia Kaliada, and Executive Director of IFACCA Magdalena Moreno to consider these issues and address relevant recommendations for how to both better defend culture and cultural rights from the detrimental effects of the health crisis as well as levy culture to sustainability rebuild during and in the wake of the pandemic. Humanists International's Director of Advocacy Elizabeth O’Casey and Artists at Risk Connection's Director, Julie Trébault, will chair this event.

This public program is co-presented with Humanists International and Freemuse.

Mar 9, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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