Nordic Ministers of Culture declare support for artistic freedom

4 May 2016

“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 …

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Finland/Sweden/Norway: The destruction of a minority’s music culture

21 April 2008

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 interview, Marie Boine tells the truth. …

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United Kingdom / Finland: Jason Carter

22 January 2007

Jason Carter performs mainly as a solo guitarist, and has toured the world extensively for British Council. He has strong artistic links with the Middle East and was the co-founder of the ‘Bahrain International Guitar Festival’. In this interview he speaks about his personal experiences of music censorship in the …

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1800-1899 Europe, Russia

1 January 2001

1800s. Germany. Clara Schumann (1819-1892) Clara Schumann’s father Friedrich Wieck had resolved before her birth that she should become a piano virtuoso to profit by her financially. This is the reason, why she got an intensive musical education contrary to the most female musical coevals. Already as a teen she …

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