• Norway/Russia: Musician cuts song from concert due to Russian pressure

    The Russian Consulate General in Kirkenes, a town in north-eastern Norway near the Russian border, has interfered with a literature festival in the area by voicing its concern over a sold-out concert to be held on 17 November 2016 by Norwegian folk musician Moddi and Russian Arkhangelsk Chamber Orchestra, reported The Barents Observer on 15 […]
  • Nordic Ministers of Culture declare support for artistic freedom

    “Artistic and creative expressions, as an integral part of the human right to freedom of expressions, is critical both to the development of cultures and to the functioning of democratic societies,” said a declaration by the Nordic Ministers of Culture adopted at a seminar on 2 May 2016 during the World Press Freedom Days in Helsinki. […]
  • President of Norwegian Parliament: “Curb artistic freedom and you curb democracy”

    Music Freedom Day 2015 in Harstad, Norway, was opened by the president of the Norwegian Parliament, Olemic Thommessen. In his speech he talked about music and freedom of expression. “There are few with the power to convey something about the society we live in with such depth, complexity and honesty as artists and musicians. The […]
  • Norway: World women gathering to explore freedom of expression

    On 30-31 January 2015, an unusual gathering of world women will unfold over two days of conversations and performances at Riksscenen in Oslo, Norway. The summit is organised by artist and activist Deeyah Khan. ‘World Woman’ is “a convening of courageous and creative women who are defenders of freedom of expression, campaigners for gender equality, […]
  • Norway: ‘Safe city’ Harstad receives Sudanese musician Abazar Hamid

    Abazar Hamid, the Sudanese peace singer who was forced into exile in 2008, is today announced as “safe city musician” in the Norwegian city Harstad. It has been a long waiting for Hamid and Harstad. Almost two years ago the Norwegian city declared itself “the world’s first safe city for musicians”, but Norwegian immigration policy […]
  • Freemuse Award Winner 2014: City of Harstad in Norway

    The Freemuse Award 2014 is given to The City of Harstad, Norway, which last year declared itself as the world’s first ‘Safe city for musicians’. Harstad is a city of 23,000 citizens, situated 300 kilometres north of the polar circle. Marianne Bremnes, Mayor of Harstad, says: “The city of Harstad is grateful and thankful for […]
  • Norway: Seminar about the role of music as instrument for social change

    At a seminar in Oslo, Norway, on 29 October 2014, the South African musician Hugh Masekela will discuss the importance of music in the democratisation process in South Africa in a conversation with Freemuse Director Ole Reitov. Hugh Masekela has for years explored the role of music as an instrument for social change. The seminar […]
  • Norway: Christian heavy metal band receives death threats

    The heavy metal band Antestor have recieved many death threats because of their Christian religion, reported Karoline Paulsen Årrestad for NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation “It’s pretty disgusting,” said bass player Erik Norman Aanonsen. “Many in the black metal community feel they are a counterculture to the authorities, and especially to the church. That is […]
  • 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 […]
  • Norway: Excluded after singing Sami-style joik in church

    The Parish Council in Kautokeino rages after trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen ‘joiked’ – a singing technique used by the Sami people from north Norway – during a free concert sponsored by Thon Hotels in Kautokeino church. “I have told Thon Hotels that this was not as agreed. There will be no more concerts like this […]
  • ‘Kill Bush’ rappers rapped by US

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Kill Bush’ rappers rapped by USGatans Parlament – a Norwegian rap group that criticised US President George W Bush by setting up a website whose name means “Kill him now” is in trouble with US authorities.Washington’s embassy in Oslo has reported hip-hop artists Gatans Parlament to the police, accusing them of threatening the […]
  • Norway: Deeyah awarded by Norwegian PEN

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Deeyah awarded by Norwegian PEN Norwegian-Pakistani singer, music producer, composer, film maker and human rights activist Deeyah is awarded this year’s Ossietzky prize by Norwegian PEN, the Norwegian chapter of PEN International. The Ossietzky prize is Norwegian PEN’s prize for outstanding achievements within the field of freedom of expression and is awarded […]
  • Norway: First ever ‘safe haven city’ for musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: First ever safe haven city for musicians On Thursday 14 February 2013, the Norwegian Musicians’ Union presented their new project SafeMUSE – and the first ever ‘safe haven city’ within the field of music: Harstad. Imagine that the police would come to the door of the artist and musicians after the concert […]
  • Norway: Rap duo threatened with violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Rap duo threatened with violence The rap duo Prayaz from Holmlia in the Norwegian capital Oslo sing about violence against women, and they are themselves threatened with violence because of that, reported the Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK. “What really struck us was the message that we should remember what happened to […]
  • Denmark/Finland/Norway/Sweden: Academic network for reseaching music censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The Nordic countries: Academic network for reseaching music censorship Over 40 professors, university researchers and students from the Nordic countries have established a network to provide an informed knowledge of the role of culture and music in a global world, and of the practices which cause restrictions and silencing of targeted musicians. The […]
  • Germany: Norwegian band censored by German publisher

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany: Norwegian band censored by German publisher When the Norwegian band Honningbarna wanted to release their debut album in Germany they were told by their publisher to leave the song ‘Free Palestine’ out. German fans of Honningbarna will have one song less than the Norwegian fans when the album ‘La alarmane g SourceBallade.no […]
  • Norway: Festival celebrates musicians who refuse to be silenced

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Festival celebrates musicianswho refuse to be silenced 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 […]
  • Freemuse: Artists’ voices embarrassingly missing at major conference

    ACTIVITIES 17 June 2009 Freemuse: Artists’ voices embarrassingly missing at major conference 500 freedom of expression activists met in Norway in early June 2009 — but the artists’ voices were missing More than 500 journalists, writers, activists and artists from over 103 countries converged for a week in Oslo, Norway’s capital, in the beginning of […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Deeyah

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS DeeyahMusician and composer, Norway / Pakistan Music has been an intrinsic part of not only my life but human life and the development of every people, society and culture throughout history. Music possesses the power to cross social, racial, cultural, economic and religious barriers and has the […]
  • Press release: World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression in Oslo

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## FREEMUSE PRESS RELEASE ON 18 JUNE 2012:ALL THAT IS BANNED IS DESIRED World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression in Oslo Artists who have received death threats, experienced imprisonment, abduction or censorship because of their artistic work will enter the stage when the first ever World Conference on Artistic Freedom of Expression […]
  • Norway: Exhibition about freedom of expression

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Exhibition about freedom of expression On 25 September 2007, the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo opens the exhibition ‘Freedom of Expression – How Free is Free?’. Freemuse has assisted with material and information about musicians who are portrayed in the exhibition. The Norwegian Nobel Peace Center introduces its audience to persons who […]
  • Music Freedom Day event in Norway – 2008

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2008 ##PagePublishedLong## Radio event in Norway on 3 MarchThe Nobel Peace Center in Oslo will host a seminar and concert observing the Music Freedom Day on Monday 3 March 2008 with Kris Kristofferson, Mari Boine, Ferhat Tunç and Chiwoniso Maraire. The concert is broadcasted in 13 European countries. Listen to radio trailer for the event […]
  • Norway: Musicians persecuted in the name of God

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway:Musicians exposed to censorship and persecution in the name of God In a chronicle in the leading Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, the priest Carl Petter Opsahl from Oslo, lists about a number of cases where musicians have been censored and persecuted on religious grounds It is an unacceptable limitation on freedom of expression when […]
  • Norway/UK: “My first love was always music”

      NEWS   Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’: “My first love was always music” In the session ‘STOP THIS FILTH: ARTISTS UNDER THREATS’, ex-singer Deeyah and actor Arshad Hussain testifies about serious threaths and an actual abduction, a reality faced by some performing artists due to social and cultural pressures in Afghanistan […]
  • Freemuse: Manu Chao supports Freemuse campaign

    FREEMUSE CAMPAIGN NEWS Freemuse: Manu Chao supports Freemuse campaign “Freedom of expression is important to anyone and we must fight for it. I am supporting the work of Freemuse and I’m here to help,” says singer Manu Chao in a comment to the current Freemuse campaigns for persecuted and imprisoned musicians and composers worldwide. Headlining […]
  • USA/UK: Norwegian singer Deeyah wins Freedom Award

    NEWS USA / UK / Norway:Norwegian singer Deeyah wins Freedom Award Deeyah, the exiled Norwegian singer and activist, was awarded with an ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize at a ceremony in London on 26 November 2008. More than 900 artists from 86 countries had been nominated. Three artists, Deeyah along with Turkish-Kurdish Ferhat Tunç and […]
  • Finland/Sweden/Norway: The destruction of a minority’s music culture

    ARTICLE 21 April 2008 Sámi land:The destruction of a minority’s music culture As a comment to Freemuse’s interview with Sámi singer Marie Boine, ‘This music was from the devil’, the Finnish ethnomusicologist and musician Ilpo Saastamoinen shares his insight and personal experiences with the oppression and destruction of Sámi music culture.By Ilpo Saastamoinen In her […]
  • Norway: Video interview with Mari Boine

    MARI BOINE(Norway) 31 March 2008 Norwegian and Sámi singer Mari Boine speaks about her personal experiences with the religious ban of joik singing. The interview was recorded when Mari Boine participated in an event in Norway to mark the annual Music Freedom Day in March 2008.  Wimpy Wasp Player Mari Boine grew up in an […]
  • Norway: Singer’s brother under police protection

    NEWS 15 January 2008 Norway:Singer’s brother under police protection Dancer Adil Thathaal received death threats from religious people with Pakistani background because he defended his sister, the singer Deeyah, in a recent magazine interview. 24-year-old Adil Thathaal is an actor and breakdancer, a well-known face in Norway, ever since he won a dance competition on […]
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