Artistic Freedom


Artistic freedom is the right to create, distribute and express oneself in any form without government interference and censorship, influence from non-state actors. It means that citizens are both able to freely access and take part in the creation and distribution of or artistic expression.

Nhimbe Trust believes that Artistic Freedoms are an integral part of creating a functioning society. Nhimbe Trust believes that the artistic freedoms means the right to create without interference, the right for artists to be adequately compensated for their creations, the right for citizens to be exposed and have access to all artistic expressions, the right to move freely and distribute art work in any form or manner. That is why Nhimbe Trust strives to promote Artistic Freedoms in Africa.

“Artistic Expression is not a luxury; it is a necessity – a defining element of our humanity and fundamental human right enabling everyone to develop and express their humanity”


UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights,
The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity (2013)

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by Tinashe Gwariro
Policy Analyst Fellow, Nhimbe Trust

Nhimbe Trust and Freemuse Joint Submission to UPR on Zimbabwe

Joint stakeholder submission to the UPR of Zimbabwe by Nhimbe Trust and Freemuse.
For consideration at the 40th Session of the Working Group in January 2022
- 15 July 2021

Bulawayo 7 Keys Workshop

The City of Bulawayo and its civil society partner Nhimbe Trust/Bulawayo Cultural Affairs Office were the hosts of the first Seven Keys workshop on 10 December 2020.

Spotlight: Bizonto Comedy Group - Satire, Censorship, and Artistic Freedom in Uganda

In July 2020, Ugandan comedians from the group Bizonto, Julius Sserwanja, Mbabaali Maliseeri, Gold Ki Matono, and Sssaabakaaki Peter were  arrested for ...