Freemuse Newsletter no 4 / 2015

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France two weeks after: musicians shocked but defiant
 

Almost 90 people were killed when terrorists attacked the Bataclan Music Club in Paris on 13 November. Several concerts were cancelled in the aftermath of the terror attacks. But what are the long term effects of the massacre? Daniel Brown talks to artists and organisers in Paris – they are determined to continue.

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Music Freedom Day 2016 honours victims of terror attack
 

Help us make Music Freedom Day 2016 another global event for the right to music expression and access to music events without fear. Join the 10th edition of Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2016. The day is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Paris attack and to the right to perform and listen to music without fear.

Read more: www.musicfreedomday.org
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Artistic freedom a UNESCO priority
 

A few hours before the Paris attacks key players from the world of culture debated the status of artists and addressed issues of artistic freedom at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova said “we need multi-faceted strategies to support artistic freedom. Cultural actors need direct support. Independent networks for monitoring threats to artistic freedom need to be established and supported. Safe spaces for artists must be nurtured.” Special guests included Executive Director of Freemuse, Ole Reitov.
Read more: Promoting the status of artists and artistic freedom – experts debate at UNESCO

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Cuban rocker arrested again…again
 

Cuban authorities have a problem with controversial artists. Musician Gorki Águila was arrested again on 7 November 2015 in Havana, as he was travelling in a car with two journalists from the television channel France24, reported 14ymedio. The composer and singer managed to call the newspaper from the Fifth Police Station in the Playa municipality where he was taken with the two reporters. Gorki has been arrested several times before and spoke already in 2002 at a Freemuse world conference on music censorship.
Freemuse.org: Cuba files

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News from the secretariat
 

Dwayne Mamo has joined the Freemuse secretariat in Copenhagen as web journalist. Dwayne has been working internationally for over a decade as a journalist, communicator, project manager, and development and humanitarian worker, with extensive experience in the Caucasus, Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Eastern European regions.
Read more: Freemuse secretariat

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What are your plans for 3 March 2016?
Find inspiration for how you can take part in the global event Music Freedom Day in March next year. Read or download the Music Freedom Day publication on musicfreedomday.org
 
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