|Iranian artists Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat, Chiwoniso from Zimbabwe and Kamilya Jubran from Palestine are featured artists at this years’ Festival Against Censorship in Bilbao in northern Spain
This is the third consecutive year where the Basque production company Serrano promotes freedom of expression for artists in collaboration with Freemuse.
The Festival Against Censorship opens on October 18 with one of Spain’s major rock bands, Soziedad Alkoholika, and the following week will focus on various aspects of censorship.
Freemuse programme manager Ole Reitov will join world famous author Taslima Nasrin in a conference on freedom of expression. Taslima Nasrin has received several death threats from religious fundamentalists in her home country Bangladesh and now lives in exile in Sweden, hosted by one of Sweden’s ‘Safe Cities’, Uppsala.
Films and exhibion
Issa Nyaphaga spent several months in prison for his critical cartoons and was later forced into exile. Nyaphaga is joined by FreeDimensional — an international network linking together safe havens for censored and persecuted artists at artists communities round the world.
The Rex Bloomstein documentary ‘An Independent mind’ featuring Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly is screened during the festival. Simon Broughton, editor of Songlines, will also take part in a roundtable with the featured artists and Freemuse, and furthermore he will present his film ‘Sufi Soul’.
|See Freemuse interviews with the artists
Tiken Jah Fakoly
18 October 2008
21:00 Concert: Soziedad Alkoholika
At Santana 27 concert hall
22 October to 21 November
Exhibition of Issa Nyaphaga
20:30 Documentary and film show
20:30 Concert: Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat
20:30 Concert: Chiwoniso