Festival celebrates musicians
With the theme ‘Freedom and oppression’, the 21st edition of the Førde Folk Music Festival in Norway focuses on musicians’ struggle for human rights, and cultures that struggle for their survival. Opening on 8 July 2010, the festival features several prominent artists who have faced censorship, but continue to “make noise” with Malouma from Mauretania and Amal Murkus from Israel topping the bill.
The Førde Festival combines concerts, conferences, lectures, film screenings and workshops, and this year’s theme is inspired by the work of Freemuse.
“To be able to freely perform and disseminate one’s music and music tradition is a fundamental element of the principle of freedom of expression; therefore it is also important to focus on this theme,” says Festival Director Hilde Bjørkum.
“However, this is no sombre and dead serious festival, if anyone should fear it! We will celebrate musicians, who refuse to be silenced, celebrate music’s immense power and survival capability and present unique music traditions that are alive today in spite of attempts to suppress and eradicate them.”
Reitov is featured as one of the lecturers at this year’s Førde Conference which is held in conjunction with the festival. The Freemuse Programme Manager will also run a “free for all” session on music censorship
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250 artists on stage
The audience will be able to meet some of the artists. Freemuse vice-chair, Daniel Brown, journalist at Radio France International will interview Malouma in front of an audience on Saturday 9 July.
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