Rights and responsibilities: Right?
09:30 Intro to the Plenary by Mary Ann DeVlieg, Secretary General IETM
10:00 Keynote speeches and panel discussion
11:30 Welcome words by The Capital Region of Denmark
11:35 Presentation of Working Groups
Sometimes,there is no single right way of doing things; rather there is a plurality of ways, dependent on factors such as time, place and people. Sadly, we also find ourselves at times doing a wrong thing for a right
reason and vice versa. So-called good models of practice are good for some but perhaps not for others, although they may inspire others to do something differently. Is this relativism valid for human rights? It is a sobering fact that basic human rights are currently being questioned all over the globe,
and this includes the rights of artists, cultural operators and audiences. By exercising our (artistic, cultural, human) rights and guaranteeing those of our public, could we/should we engage ourselves more in the
day-to-day challenge of structuring and maintaining the societies in which we live and work? Do civic and artistic responsibilities mix well? What are these artistic responsibilities? What are our responsibilities as
cultural actors, as artists and arts professionals? Do we have a special role, added to our role as citizens?
Are we obliged, by the force of things, to engage with our society, do we have that choice? Or are we by
default taking a political stand, and if so, what are the values we defend? Is any engagement - good engagement? How do we choose our battles, how do we choose the right battle?
This session will look into the ethics of engagement as citizens and as cultural actors. We will discuss how we can engage with societal issues more and better, while remaining aware of the complexity of the issue
and the responsibility we carry.