Music Freedom Day events are organised by local artists, event organisers, broadcasters, journalists and activists. This year, they will highlight vulnerable groups of artists with a variety of events, including concerts, performances, panel discussions and workshops.
In 2018, events will be held in Catalonia, Germany, Guinea, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone and more. Here are some of this year’s Music Freedom Day events:
For the eleventh consecutive year, Catalan radio journalist Albert Reguant will highlight Music Freedom Day in the radio program ‘Les Rutes del So’ (The Routes of Sound) on Radio Ona Sants Montjüic de Barcelona.
Listen to the program: www.lesrutesdelso.blogspot.com.es
Global organisation Turning Tables have organised an event in Berlin with Waladalamm (The Cousins), a Syrian hip-hop/rap group from Aleppo.
The event will take place on 6 March. Read more: https://www.facebook.com/events/175569799889255/
In Milan, Ladies First celebrates Music Freedom Day by focusing on empowering women through music and giving women artists space to create. The 2018 event will also include self-defense classes and live-paint performances.
Due to the connection with women’s empowerment alongside artistic freedom of expression, the event will occur on 9 March – International Women’s Day.
Visit the Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/146887105982101
In Haarlem, Hout Festival has planned an evening filled with on stage performances by the Irrational Library (a local Haarlem band with music giving a critical commentary on society, fronted by American poet Joshua Baumgarten) and Ethiopian singer Afework Nigussie. There will also be DJ-sets from DJ’s Francesco and Crusty Locks.
As part of the Mano River Union Conference, Music Freedom Day will be celebrated with a radio show on Freemuse and the role of music in society at FM 107.9, as well as a workshop on musical expression at University of Liberia.
Radio talk show: https://tunein.com/radio/HottFM-1079-Liberia-s213237/
In Oslo, SafeMUSE presents Music Freedom Day 2018 at Nasjonalbiblioteket. The event includes a performance by musician Farzane Zamen live from his residence in Glasgow, a live performance with Vietnamese Mai Khoi and a panel discussion including the Project Manager of SafeMUSE, Jan Lothe Eriksen, Executive Director of Freemuse, Srirak Plipat, and a live streamed interview with artist Farzane Zamen by the President of the European Music Council, Ian Smith.
Pakistani organization TDF (Takhleeq Development Foundation) have organized a Music Freedom Day celebration at the Peshawar Press Club. The event includes the Cultural Journalists Forum (CJF), KP musicians, singers, industry professionals, media, government officials and music lovers. The event will be livestreamed to social media.
Follow the event: www.facebook.com/events/156345615072899/
As part of Urban Women’s Week, Music Freedom Day in Dakar will feature a concert by Guediawaye Hip Hop, organized by Association Africulturban.
Read more: www.facebook.com/UrbanWomenWeek
As part of the Mano River Union Conference, Music Freedom Day will be celebrated with a discussion at the China Friendship House Hall, Freetown, and a radio show on music freedom and Freemuse broadcasted on Culture Radio 104.5 FM and Radio Democracy 98.1 FM. The day will also be celebrated with concerts in Freetown and Bo in southern Sierra Leone, and a music workshop at Balanta Music Academy.
Culture Radio 104.5: https://www.facebook.com/cultureradio/
Radio Democracy 98.1: http://radiodemocracy.sl/