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2012



Artsfex – a new global network advocating and defending artistic freedom of expression
October   
Artsfex was formed after the World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression ‘All that is banned is desired’. The network is the first international civil society network actively concerned with the right of artists to freedom of expression as well as with issues relating to human rights and freedoms generally. Artsfex aims to promote, protect and defend artistic freedom of expression, as well as freedom of assembly, thought, and opinion in and across all art disciplines, globally.

Read more: Press release


All that is Banned is Desired, conference on artistic freedom of expression
25-26 October   
The conference was helt at the Oslo Opera house and organised by Freemuse together with the Norwegian organisation Fritt Ord

Conference website: artsfreedom.org
Video interviews from the conference: here






Click to visit the web page of Fritt Ord

The United Nations has granted a ‘Special consultative status’ to Freemuse
July   
Consultative status for an organisation enables it to actively engage with ECOSOC´(the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council) and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies in a number of ways. The status provides both privileges and obligations.

Read more: Grounds pass to the United Nations

Music Freedom Day 2012
3 March   
Events and radio broadcasts in 22 countries – publishing of seven Music Freedom Reports – website activities: www.musicfreedomday.org


Music Freedom Day event poster from Senegal – Sierra Leone – Italy – Pakistan – Denmark – Hungary – USA

2011







Artists Alert Action Project
15 September 2010 to 15 April 2012   
The Artists Alert Action Project is one of Freemuse’s main activity for this period. It includes: the establishment of three local and regional support networks in high risk areas, offering immediate and relevant support to music creators suffering repression and persecution; creation of an online action manual in collaboration with other freedom of expression and human rights agencies; and mapping of arts residencies in the three regions. The project is funded by Sweden’s Special Initiative for Democratisation and Freedom of Expression.
In 2011, a workshop was held in West Africa (Senegal) in May, and another workshop in MENA in June (Cairo)

9 December  Artsfex, Copenhagen Summit on Artistic Freedom of Expression is organised by Freemuse and Danish Pen, including a public meeting in Copenhagen. Read more…

21 November  Egyptian singer Ramy Essam is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award. The artist receives the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Read more…

21 November  Freemuse takes part in the conference ‘Right!’ Read more…

2 October  Beneficiary concert for Freemuse in Stockholm

1-2 October  Executive Committee meeting

Impossible Music Session no. 4 in New York
10 June  In this session, Cuban hip-hop artist Escuadrón Patriota participated live via phone. Read more…


Music Freedom Day 2011
3 March   
‘Listen to the banned’ CD launch in Oslo and New York
Seminar and concert in Den Hague, the Netherlands
Swedish Radio – P2 “full day event”
Concerts and seminars in Bombay, Amman, Gdansk, and more
Petitions for Lapiro to Embassy of Cameroon, Paris
Website activities: www.musicfreedomday.org

February
Presentation at Gradtrad seminar in Dublin, Ireland

23 January to 3 February
Freemuse attended ECOSOC in New York


Click to go to artsfex.org

Click to read more about the Freemuse Award 2011



Click to read more about Music Freedom Day 2011



2010





Artists Alert Action Project
15 September 2010 to 15 April 2012   
The Artists Alert Action Project is Freemuse’s main activity for this period. It includes: the establishment of three local and regional support networks in high risk areas, offering immediate and relevant support to music creators suffering repression and persecution; creation of an online action manual in collaboration with other freedom of expression and human rights agencies; and mapping of arts residencies in the three regions.
The project is funded by Sweden’s Special Initiative for Democratisation and Freedom of Expression.

Support to musicians
June-November   Freemuse continuously campaigns for the imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon, and follows up on the on-going court cases and charges against the Kurdish musician Ferhat Tunc in Diyarbakir, Turkey

Impossible Music Session no. 3 in New York
16 November  In this session, the Boston-based Afro-pop ensemble Lamine Touré and Group Saloum performed a banned song by the imprisoned Cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga, who joined on mobile phone from his prison cell. Read more…

WOMEX 2010
27-31 October  Participation in the world music expo in Copenhagen, Denmark, including a launch-event for the publication ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’.

Music Freedom Day
October   Launch of interactive site for Music Freedom Day 2011. www.musicfreedomday.org

Quick Guide to Artist Visa Applications
20 October  Launch of a ‘quick guide’ to international conventions and policy recommendations, produced by Freemuse in order to provide arguments to promoters of artists who face severe problems acquiring visas for their tours in Europe. Read more…

Smashed Hits 2.0
21 September  A special issue of Index on Censorship about music and freedom of expression produced in collaboration between Freemuse and Index on Censorship, launched at the Free Word Centre in London. Read more on freemuse.org and indexoncensorship.org

Seminars
July  Participation and seminar at Førde Folk Music Festival in Norway on 7-11 July. Workshop in collaboration with Azagaia, rapper from Mozambique, in Denmark on 28 July.



Impossible Music Session no. 2 in New York
Wednesday 30 June  In 2009, members of Baloberos Crew were detained and intimidated by members of the military intelligence because of a song which criticises the military and the government. Via a live video feed the group gives a virtual performance in New York. Read more…




Freemuse Award 2010
Thursday 25 March  Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunç, the joint winners of the Freemuse Award 2010, gave a short and impressive performance at the award ceremony in London’s Royal Institute of British Architects. Read more…
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Music Freedom Day
Wednesday 3 March  Mumbai, Cairo, Kabul, Amman, The Hague, Paris and New York were some of the cities organizing Music Freedom Day events in 2010. Read more…

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Listen to the banned – CD
Wednesday 3 March   Compiled by the artist Deeyah and Freemuse, this CD compilation album was published by Norway’s most successful music label, Grappa Records, and distributed internationally. Read more…



Launch of Freemuse’s heavy metal report
Monday 22 February  Author Mark LeVine is on skype and facebook, chatting with metalheads and journalists from all over the world. Read more…



2009





Impossible Music Session Performance series
9 December   A concert with the exiled Pakistani singer Haroon Bacha marks the launch of a performance series in New York, USA, which will showcase banned music. Read more…



Festival Against Censorship (Zensura At!) Bilbao
On 26-28 November  Freemuse participated in Europe’s leading festival against censorship, which included concerts, film screenings, seminars and exhibitions. Read more…



Womex networking meeting
Thursday 29 October   Freemuse organises a meeting which includes presentations of three initiatives related to freedom of musical expression. Read more…
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Campaign to release musician Lapiro
In October, Freemuse along with Freedom Now, International PEN, the guitar producer Vigier and the website MyMondoMix.com started petitions, protests and media campaigns against the three-year prison sentence and exorbitant fine imposed on the singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon. Read more…




International graduate network
Tuesday 11 August  Ole Reitov, Freemuse, lectured on music censorship and freedom of expression in Osnabrück, Germany, in front of an international group of doctoral students. Read more…




Young Leaders
Friday 12 June  Ole Reitov, Freemuse, lectured on music censorship and freedom of expression in the Middle East at a seminar organised in Stockholm by Swedish Institute for 30 young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa. Read more…




IFEX Global Forum
1-6 June  Freemuse took part in the Global Forum on Freedom of Expression in Oslo, Norway, and held meetings with political and media activists as well as sister organisations such as Pen International and Index on Censorship. Artists’ voices were embarrassingly missing at the forum’s sessions. Read more…



Mexico
June  

Freemuse was invited to the final week of one of Latin America’s biggest music festivals, Ollinkan, in one of the most deadly places for musicians, Mexico, for a 40 minute powerpoint presentation on the challenges the organisation is facing in monitoring abuses against musicians.  
Read more…




Consultative status with ECOSOC
In May the Freemuse secretariat applied for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).



Missing Voices
Wednesday 11 March Ole Reitov, Freemuse, lectured on music censorship/freedom of expression at a seminar organised by `Missing Voices´ – a trans-European Muslim Women Music Makers Campaign. The event taking place in Denmark included artists from the Netherlands, UK and Scandinavia.



Music Freedom Day – Freemuse Award
Tuesday 3 March Freemuse in collaboration with Re:Orient organised two seminars and a concert in Stockholm, Sweden celebrating Music Freedom Day. Artists Chiwoniso, Zimbabwe, Ferhat Tunc, Turkey and Mahsa Vahdat joined forces with Sweden’s Matti Bye in the concert recorded by Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. The concert even featured the presentation of the Freemuse Award to Pete Seeger, who’s grandson and musician Tao Rodriquez-Seeger, received the award on his behalf and performed a couple of songs.
Read more


Freemuse Award 2009



EU Workshop:Artists mobility/Visa Issues
Friday 13 February Freemuse by invitation from ECOTEC and EU Commission DG Education and Culture took part in a workshop on information systems to support the mobility of artists and professionals in the field of culture.



Parliamentary Hearing: Culture and Development
Wednesday 4 February The Danish Parliament held a hearing on the implementation of the Unesco Convention on Cultural Diversity. Ole Reitov, Freemuse, was invited to keep an opening speech along with the Ministers of Development and Culture. Reitov advocated a pro-active solution to visa issues for artists from non EU-countries and suggested national cultural institutions and public broadcasting to actively integrate and promote further artistic expressions  from developing countries.




Democracy in Dakar – Film screenings and seminars in Malmö & Copenhagen
Sunday 1 February & Monday 2 February Filmmaker and musician Ben Herson presented his film Democracy In Dakar about music and politics in Senegal at the Music Doc Festival, Malmoe, Sweden and at the Danish Centre for Culture and Development in Copenhagen, Denmark. Freemuse programme manager Ole Reitov moderated discussions on music and politics with the filmmaker and the audiences.
Read more…

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