Freiheit der | Kultur | der Freiheit
(Freedom of | Culture | of Freedom)
With "Freiheit der | Kultur | der Freiheit" (Freedom of | Culture | of Freedom), the NRW KULTURsekretariat is launching a new programme in 2020, which is intended to support cultural players in particular in counteracting the growing anti-democratic, especially extreme right-wing tendencies in society and to take targeted action to counteract them.
On the one hand, it is planned to create a systematic mapping of the verbal and physical attacks by extremist perpetrators in cooperation with the research focus on right-wing extremism/neonazism at the University of Düsseldorf (FORENA).
Associations and initiatives such as "Die Vielen" can also benefit from this scientific work at a later date: The NRWKS is part of this nationwide initiative and is one of the first signatories.
In the long term, these research results can be used to develop targeted counselling services for victims.
This will involve both the exchange of experience on dealing with, above all, illiberal activities in the cultural landscape, and the development of activities with which art and culture providers can react to the anti-democratic tendencies and attacks.
The event concept is being developed by a working group set up by the NRWKS at the end of 2019 with the involvement of the member cities, as well as the Städtetag NRW (NRW Association of Cities) and FORENA, in order to deal regularly with right-wing extremist and other extremist activities against cultural institutions and in municipal facilities and at events.