Music Freedom Day on 3 March is established as an international day to celebrate freedom of expression and to demonstrate support for persecuted and threatened artists on the music stage worldwide.
Since the freedom of expression organisation Freemuse took the initiative in 2007, more than 100 partners in 36 countries have joined, and Music Freedom Day today is an important celebration of the freedom to create and to play music without intimidation or persecution.
The following events and activities in the pipeline for Music Freedom Day 2015 on 3 March:
• Canada Broadcasting Corporation will be posting three articles on cbcmusic.ca and talk about the event on their national shows on the day.
• In Barcelona, Albert Reguant, director of Les Rutes del So (The Routes of Sound), Ona Sants Montjuïc de Barcelona, is collaborating with Freemuse around Music Freedom Day for the eight consecutive year. He will be broadcasting a special radio programme devoted to the theme of the day. The show is broadcasted live every Thursday night, but on this occasion it will be re-broadcast on 3 March.
“The show will highlight a selection of musicians who have been censored or have their works censored, who have been exiled, or who are, or have been, victims of the silence of the media in their respective countries. This year the song ‘Je suis Charly’ stands out. It was composed by French songwriter FRANCIS LALANNE. Also featured: a song Syrian-Kurdish musician GANI MIRZO. The disappeared Mexican group KOMBO KOLOMBIA, killed by drug traffickers. The duet composed of singer Egyptian RAMI ESSAM and the American singer MIGHTY SAM McCLAIN. Basque songwriter BENITO LERTXUNDI and songwriters of the Catalan countries, MARIA del MAR BONET and LLUIS LLACH, singers who are marginalised today in various public radio stations in the Spanish state. The program is produced and presented by Albert Reguant, internationally recognised specialist music journalist, member of the World Music Charts Europe, and of other international organisations.”
» Podcast: www.lesrutesdelso.blogspot.com.es
• In Bologna, among the artists who will be present on Saturday 28 February 2015 at the Circle Bertasi Via Fioravanti for the 2015 edition of Music Freedom Day – at 4pm for the conference and at 9pm for the poetry and music performances – are: Davide Ferrari, Vincenzo Bagnoli, Sergio Rotino, Marinella Polidori, Antonietta Laterza, Pierfrancesco Pacoda, Silvia Parma, Ciavatti Othello, William Pagnozzi, Cico Giramundo, Gianluca Morozzi, Oderso Rubini, Nicola Bagnoli, Pino de March, Salvatore de Siena, Salvatore Panu, and others. Admission is free. Organised by Hibrido Radio with partners.
• In Casablanca, Roots in partnership with Freemuse is organising a series of activities to promote the right to artistic expression through music under the theme headline ‘Freedom is the solution’.
Location: Rialto Cinema, Casablanca.
19:00: Screening of ‘Free Word’ directed by Stéphane Le Gall-Viliker (2014)
20:00: Concert: Monza (Mauritania)
22:00: Concert: Barry Morocco (Morocco)
All age groups: 50 DHS
Students and under 25: 30 DHS
• In Harstad, Music Freedom Day will be marked with an international conference during the day and a concert in the evening. Artists who cannot express themselves freely in their homeland will meet Nordic and local musicians on the stage in Harstad Culture House.
Organisers: SafeMuse – Safe Havens Music Initiative in cooperation with Harstad Municipality, Culture in Troms and Harstad Culture House.
• In Oslo at Kulturkirken Jakob, a Redzone Music Freedom Day Concert is organised on 3 March at 7:30pm.
International Music Freedom Day, (Founded by Freemuse) featuring: Elias Akselsen, (Norway), Vahan Kerovpyan, Murat İçlinalça and Ashug Leyli (Armenia), Dengbej Kazo and Dengbej Gazin (Anatolia), Marjan Vahdat (Iran), Kamancheh: Shervin Mohajer (Iran), Drums: Rune Arnesen (Norway), Bass: Gjermund Silset (Norway)
Tickets: NOK 250
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• Also in Oslo, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra marks Music Freedom Day: Dimitri Shostakovich stands as a symbol of the strength of art and the importance of music throughout history. In the Soviet Union he lived under constant threat from Stalin’s terror, paradoxically, while his music was essential to lift morale and exuberance in the Russian people.
The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra will mark Music Freedom Day at their concert 3 March in Oslo by playing the Chamber Symphony by Shostakovich.
» Video at www.facebook.com/safemuse
• Cultural Journalists Forum (CJF) plans to conduct a folk musical concert in Peshawar where folk singers from Fata and different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are invited to perform.
• At the Peshawar Press Club at 2 pm under the theme ‘Music will not be silenced – Warka Dang’ (Warke Dang is pashtu and means ‘play it’) Mr Amjid Afridi, Minister for Culture and Tourism in the Government of KP, will grace the occasion along with singers, musicians, stakeholders, civil society, media, guests, show business ambassadors and music industry professionals. The event will proceed with speeches followed by music performances by renowned singers from KP and FATA.
• On the same day, a 150 minutes television live talk show will be transmitted on the international satelite pashtu channel called AVT KHYBER.
• Pakhtunkhwa Cultural Foundation is organising the event ‘Don’t kill the song – Music Concert and Playing Documentaries’ on 3 March at 14:00 in Archives Hall, Peshawar.
» Facebook event page
• Journalist Sher Alam Shinwari has published a piece on the plight of cultural activities with special focus on music and musicians in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata:
• In Dakar, Africulturban celebrates the Music Freedom Day with an event about hip-hop, freedom of expression and censorship. The event takes place at the Goethe Institute starting from 4pm. Panelists: Zuman, Keyti, Fou Malade, and Bouba Sow. Free entry.
• Ulfah Arts has taken part in the Music Freedom Day event previously by doing a 24 hour broadcast. They will be doing this again for 2015. The broadcast will include artists, organisations, general public and people from around the world including Bangladesh, Bosnia and Egypt.
• The National Coalition Against Censorship, Freemuse and Spectrum present a listening party and live performance showcasing the work of at-risk, banned, and imprisoned musicians and composers from around the world. The event will take place on 3 March 2015 and will include a pre-premiere screening of an excerpt of ‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’, a documentary about the brutal suppression of music in Mali. Live performances will include Casualty Process, an electronic music project that originated in the Iranian underground, Ravenact (an NYC/Berlin duo) and a the NYC/Florida trio Burton/Beeferman/Cochrane. The evening will also feature remarks by hosts Svetlana Mintcheva, director of programs for the National Coalition Against Censorship, and Austin Dacey, creator of the Impossible Music Sessions.
Spectrum is at 121 Ludlow Street, Floor 2, Manhattan NY 10002. Subway access is easy from the F (Delancey stop), J, M and Z (Essex stop) lines.
• In Harare on Sunday 1 March, a big concert celebrating Music Freedom Day is planned in the townships. From 2 to 7 pm.
Freemuse has furthermore received information that events are currently being planned in Germany. Watch this space.