Today is Culture Freedom Day - but you already knew that, didn't you? I certainly did, and in no way did I stumble upon it by accident, he said unconvincingly. The 19th of May has been plucked from the Official Big Book of Open Source Gregorian 365-day Calendars to celebrate Free Culture worldwide. To steal/borrow/adapt-with-the-full-permission-of-the-creator:
Culture Freedom Day is a worldwide celebration of Free Culture. Initiated in 2012 by the same organization promoting Software Freedom it aims at educating the worldwide public about the benefits of using and encouraging Free Culture as well as providing an international day to serve as a platform to promote Free Culture artists. The non-profit organization Digital Freedom International coordinates CFD at a global level, providing support, giveaways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local CFD events to impact their own communities.
We have envisioned Culture Freedom Day as a day where Free Culture art is exhibited, as much as possible, and celebrated. Be it a photo exhibition, a concert, playing music in the streets or organization movie screening, as long as it is clear to the public that what you are showing is Free Culture you would be right on target. Of course a combination of all forms of Free Culture art is fine too, with short discussions about the definition of Free Culture, how to make one's work Free Culture and where to find Free Culture online. The cherry on the cake would be to showcase one or several Free Culture artists who would happen to live in your area. We have set up a special section in our forum for such match making opportunities.
Culture Freedom Day will be hosted annually starting on Saturday May 19th, 2002 and probably every third Saturday of May each subsequent year.
- To celebrate culture freedom and the people behind it
- To foster a general understanding of culture freedom, and encourage adoption of free culture licenses
- To create more equal access to opportunities by growing the body of cultural work accessible to all
- To promote constructive dialogue on responsibilities and rights in the cultural society
- To be inclusive of organizations and individuals that share our Vision
- To be pragmatic, transparent, and responsible as an organisation
I hope you read and memorised every word of that; I will be asking questions later. Here is a reward for slogging through that worthy (and inspiring) prose: another green graphic, beneath which is Pixel Mixel by the very talented BitBasic, a song that encapsulates all that is good about free culture in five minutes of superb jazzy, breakbeat-ish, glitchy electronica. (Original review here.) See you next year.