To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, artist Ai Weiwei has created a flag to celebrate universal human rights.

Arts organisations and human rights charities invite you to Fly The Flag for human rights on 24 – 30 June 2019. From the Highlands of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall via cities, towns and villages across the UK, in galleries and theatres, shopping centres and offices, schools and libraries, both physically and online, people will come together to celebrate that human rights are for everyone, every day.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to design a flag for the 70th anniversary for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As we all come to learn, human rights are the precious result from generation after generation's understanding of the human struggle. I am proud to be a part of this force."
Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei talks about the project


Could your organisation be an Advocate?

Join us as an Advocate of the project, which means you would:

  • Commit to flying the flag between 24 – 29 June 2019.  You are free to interpret this in any way that excites you and your community, although we’d encourage you to Fly The Flag in a publicly-visible way.  You can fly an actual flag but how about arranging workshops events or exhibitions on the theme of universal human rights as well? Or you can dedicate an existing performance or event and commit to Fly The Flag there.
  • Support the Fly The Flag campaign by promoting your activity across your channels and supporting the project at key moments.
  • Help us spread the word – encourage your audiences, participants, artists, staff members, partners and supporters to Fly The Flag.

Becoming a Co-Commissioner

Co-commissioners invest in the core project budget, commit to significant Fly The Flag activity and influence the development of the project and its legacy.

If you would like to become more involved in the project as a Co-Commissioner please email  with ‘Co-Commissioner enquiry’ in the subject line.

Make your own flag

We would love to invite everyone to make your own flag representing what human rights mean to you. Feel free to be as creative as you like. Be inspired by Ai Weiwei’s design, or find your own way to represent what you want to say.

Have a look at our information pack below to get you started thinking about materials, ideas and design and don’t forget to share your creations online at #FlyTheFlag70 to inspire others and spread the word.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Flags will also be available to purchase at a range of different sizes from early May.