Oslo World 2019 had utopias as its theme. In connection to the topic, the festival, in collaboration with TrAP and Balansekunst, invited professionals from all over the world to a workshop to create a utopian manifesto – a work to promote ideas and strategies to combat discrimination, racism, corruption and inequality in the cultural sector.
The first version of the manifesto is now available, with objectives the sector should have, and a number of concrete action proposals to help us reach these objectives. It touches on topics such as fair application processes, equal pay for equal work and strategies against racism in the field of art, to name a few. Originally, the plan for the work was to present a final version. But the need to continue, to revise, add and keep the discussion on how to achieve a fairer cultural sector alive, is is still here. Therefore, during Oslo World 2020 festival, representatives from the music industry across the world have met digitally, to exchange experiences from the past year and to update the content of the manifesto.