Norwegian cultural executive: “We have a problem in our own society”

“One should not have to travel far to find examples of oppression. Filmmaker and artist Deeyah had to flee to London to escape harassment from very conservative communities in our own country,” said Yngve Slettholm at the opening session of the annual national meeting of Arts Council Norway in Bergen 13-14 November.



Yngve Slettholm is a composer and former State Secretary and currently chair of Arts Council Norway. Before inviting Deeyah and Freemuse Director Ole Reitov to the stage to discuss artistic freedom, he pointed out that “when freedom of expression is missing, the right of access to culture is also restricted. This happens not only in totalitarian regimes, and it is not necessarily the authorities exercising censorship and control. Socio-cultural factors, women’s general position in society and religious practice can also be effective barriers for cultural and artistic expression.”

Deeyah Khan interviewed by Ole Reitov of Freemuse
Published on on 24 November 2013

The Arts Council of Norway is the main governmental operator for the implementation of Norwegian cultural policy. Arts Council Norway functions as an advisory body to the central government and public sector on cultural affairs. The council is fully financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.

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