Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2013

30 May 2013


Freemuse Award to be presented
at UN building in Geneva

Manny Ansar, festival director and co-founder of Mali’s world famous ‘Festival au Désert’ will receive the Freemuse Award on behalf of the festival at the Geneva United Nations headquarters. The Award ceremony and a special session will take place at Room XXV of Palais des Nations, Geneva, Monday 3 June 2013 at 2:30-5:00pm.

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Freemuse at UN Human Rights Council

Freemuse having special consultative status with ECOSOC will take part in the Human Rights Council session scheduled for 31 May when the UN special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights will present her report, ‘The Right to Freedom of Artistic Expression and Creativity’.

This is the first time such a comprehensive study is carried out. Freemuse Programme Manager Ole Reitov has worked as a consultant to the UN office during the preparation of the report.

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Sweden: ‘Impossible Music Sessions’ in Stockholm

On 11 June 2013, music written by the censored artists Pussy Riot and Arya Aramnejad will be interpreted and presented in the Swedish capital by the artists Jennie Abrahamson, Linnéa Olsson and Love Antell.

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Freemuse website back to almost normal

Freemuse would like to thank everyone for patience while we have transferred the extensive website to a new format. You will still find some dead links and miss a few stories, but we will slowly get everything back to normal.


New Freemuse book: 
‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’


Written by Andy Morgan, ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’ takes an in-depth look at the crisis that overtook Mali in January 2012 and lead to a ten-month occupation of the northern two-thirds of the country by armed jihadi groups.

Says Justin Adams: “Essential reading for anyone who has been touched by Saharan music. It gives a clear and gripping picture of what it’s like to live through the chaos of a 21st century conflict… A really valuable piece of work.”

The book is available as a digital e-book as well as paperback edition.

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