The Safe Havens Conference 2022 report contains the main takeaways from the annual Safe Havens conference – the 2022 edition held in Mexico City – as well as the online programme. It also summarises the sessions held and includes the links to the recordings.
The Safe Havens conferences started in 2013 and are organised by Safe Havens Freedom Talks (SH|FT) – an independent NGO dedicated to facilitating opportunities for artists and organisations in the Arts Rights Justice field to meet and share knowledge. Its aim is to be able to offer an inclusive and safe gathering, where all are equal, and each voice carries the same weight. To this end SH|FT builds a programme that prioritises a multitude of voices with as vast a geographical and thematic range as possible. It brings together artists, activists, lawyers, and policy-makers, for a creative international meeting at the intersection of the arts and human rights, fostering alliance-making, capacity-building, and developing innovative and artist-centered best-practice solutions to challenges faced by the sector across the entire world.
The conference held from 7-9 December 2022 in Mexico City marked the first in-person gathering in three years due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The first two days were held at the Museum of Memory and Tolerance, a space at the heart of Mexico City, while the evenings and last days led participants to explore cultural spaces committed to bringing human rights and activism to the center of their agendas and work. The convening responded to an acute need to gather as a community, to share challenges and successes, as well as to further strengthen and grow the network with a particular emphasis in Latin America.