Freemuse, in collaboration with Oslo World, hosted a two-day conference on 26 – 27 October.
The conference consisted of discussions on a variety of topics focusing on solidarity, activism and resistance. The event gathered activists, politicians, artists and cultural workers from around the world to digitally discuss perspectives and tools to work with situations of violation of freedom of artistic expression.
The programme included artists performances from Elza Soares & Renegado, Selma & Ibou, Unge Beirut, Rincon Sapiência, Tássia Reis, MC Caroline Santos, Keila and TrapFunk & Alívio. During the two days, participants will have the opportunity of engaging with speakers including Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights who was a keynote speaker opening the conference and Irene Khan, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression, with her closing remarks.
Dr Srirak Plipat, Freemuse Executive Director, spoke during the session Rethinking the Roles of Governments and funders.
This year, it is not possible for the Oslo World to gather its participants physically. The organisers have created a platform in collaboration with Sentralen and Estraad, that allowed the audience to pick their avatar and immerse in 3D and 2D ecosystems, to have a new experience of the festival.
You can watch the Freemuse session online here.
Artists performing at the conference
Monday, 26 October:
11:30: Selma & Ibou
Tuesday , 27.October:
13:35: Unge Beirut
15:15: Favela Sounds pres: Elza Soares & Renegado, Rincon Sapiência, Tássia Reis, MC Caroline Santos, Keila, TrapFunk & Alívio.
26 October 9:30 – 15:30
Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, opens the conference with a keynote.
10:20 – 11:15 Resistance in public spaces
– Las Tesis, Feminist Collective
– Hilde Klemetsdal, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
– Trude Schelderup Iversen, senior curator, KORO
– Khaled Barakeh, conceptual artist and cultural activist
– James Finucane, co-founder of Subvertising Norway
12:00 – 12:55 Digital censorship and artivism online
– Ferhat Tunc, musician
– Jan Lothe Eriksen, Safemuse
– Paige Collings, Freemuse
14:00 – 14:50 In solidarity with resisting bodies
– Fatoumata Diawara, artist
– Nadine Ouedraogo Constant, The National Museum
– OluTimehin Adegbeye, queer feminist writer and speaker
– Thomas Talawa Prestø, artistic director, Tabanka Dance Ensemble
15:15 – 16:00 The power of ARTivism
– Guerrilla Girls, feminist artist collective
– Shahidul Alam, photojournalist, teacher and social activist
– Ahmed Umar, cross-disciplinary artist
– Emel Mathlouthi, musician
27 October 9:30 – 15:30
10:00 – 11:30 Rethinking the Roles of Governments and funders
– Kajsa Ravin, Swedish Arts Council
– Helge Lunde, ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network)
– Srirak Plipat, Freemuse
11:50 – 12:30 The power of images and sound of resistance
– Moddi, musician
– Pierre Terdjman, photojournalist and co-founder of #DYSTURB
– Deize Tigrona, musician
14:00 – 14:45 Emergent Voices
– Doralyce, composer, singer and actress
– Farhiya Ismail, Generasjon til Generasjon (GTG)
– Priyangika Samanthie, writer, activist and philanthropist.
Closing remark by Irene Khan, UN
Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression.