Freemuse Newsletter no 5 / 2015

News and knowledge about musical freedom of expression.

Music, Conflict and Culture in Mali:
Three years after the music ban

Three years after the music ban it’s hard to ascertain precisely what effect the ban has had on a country where music has long been the milk, blood and water of daily existence. The answer depends on the region, culture and social stratum in question writes Andy Morgan in his follow up article to his book, ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’, published by Freemuse in 2013.

Read the article: Mali: Three years after the music ban

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Freemuse at UNESCO global report launch

Freemuse Executive Director, Ole Reitov, has written the chapter on artistic freedom of a new UNESCO global report ‘Re | Shaping Cultural Policies’ and will join a panel on Wednesday 16 December at UNESCO in Paris. The launch will include keynote speeches by Karima Bennoune, the newly appointed Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

Read the summary:

PDF: In English

PDF: In French

Read the full Global Report:

PDF: In English

PDF: In French

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Fritt Ord supports artsfreedom

Freemuse has received a grant of NOK250,000 (approx. US$29,000) from the Norwegian foundation Fritt Ord for the continuation in 2016 of www.artsfreedom.org and our work to develop annual statistics on violations on artistic freedom.

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Seasonal greetings

The Freemuse secretariat is closed between 22 December 2015 and 4 January 2016. We thank all musicians, partners, readers and members for your support and interest during the past year.

Remember Music Freedom Day is coming up 3 March 2016.

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