“Before the revolution there was abuse and media ban. The authorities were afraid of our songs and we were threatened.
After the revolution musicians have started to break taboos and now sing about real problems,” says Tunisian rapper Mehdi R2M,
who recently joined a Freemuse workshop in Cairo.
In collaboration with Danish Pen, Freemuse is in the process of inviting key international artists’ organisations to
Copenhagen with the aim of creating a global network for the protection of artistic freedom of expression.
‘Copenhagen Summit on Artistic Freedom of Expression – Artsfex’ will take place on 9-11 December 2011.
The summit is made possible through a £30,000 (DKK 250,000) grant from the Danish Ministry of Culture.
Everything is affected by censorship in Sudan, says exiled musician Abazar Hamid, who now lives in Cairo.
When he arrived in Cairo he had no contacts, but through the Freemuse network he was introduced to the
Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, which helped him establish new contacts in Egypt.
“That helped me a lot to face all the difficulties and challenges here in Cairo,”
explained Abazar Hamid in a new interview with Freemuse.
Sigrid Rausing Trust continues to support Freemuse
The partnership with Sigrid Rausing Trust continues, and in June the trust awarded a new grant of £180,000 for
the next three years to the work of Freemuse.
Freemuse Award secured
Presented for the first time in 2008 to Tiken Jah Fakoly, the Freemuse Award has been secured financially for another
period by a sponsorship from BAIK – the Björn Afzelius International Culture Foundation, which was initiated in memory
of Swedish rock singer Björn Afzelius, who passed away in 1999.
The foundation has been dissolved this year but decided to donate a final grant of £36,000 (DKK 300,000) to Freemuse
in order to continue the award and support the Freemuse work for artists at risk.