The rest of us might not be able to, but artists from Kosovo will finally be able to travel without waiting in endless lines for visas or filling out application form after application form. UNESCO has sent out a press release announcing that their member states have passed a new regulation that will allow artists to travel freely across borders with special working permits:
“UNESCO succeeded in the transposition of the “International Convention on the Immunity for the Emigrant Artist” - regarding visa regime issues after the last state member of the UNESCO-General-Conference adopted the law relating to the free movement of artists. The decree was approved by UNESCO-General–Conference in the last meeting in 2011 in Paris.” The decrees’ special concern is to provide emigrant artists with a particular status of immunity. With the Artist Immunity implemented, the decree states that artists (irrespective of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, economic status or birth) will be free to travel across the borders of the Globe, will be provided with the working permits, will be enabled to produce art works and will be facilitated with a right to reside in the country of their choice. The privilege of the Artist Immunity will be granted to everyone (irrespective of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, economic status or birth) who can successfully verify and confirm their artistic status to the states authority of the residency in choice."
What does this mean? Our painters, actors, poets, novelists, and dancers can work in Berlin, Paris, London, New York, anywhere their art takes them! Kosovo 2.0 will be following this story to see exactly what this means to artists in Kosovo.