March 2018: Music Freedom Day and The State of Artistic Freedom Report

1 March 2018

On 3 March 2018, Music Freedom Day places the spotlight on women, LGBT and minority musicians to celebrate artistic freedom of expression and highlight the proliferating trend of silencing artists.
Music Freedom Day is a global celebration of the human right to freedom of musical expression. Since its initiation in 2007, Music Freedom Day has been celebrated in more than 30 countries.
For Music Freedom Day 2018, events include concerts, performances, panel discussions and workshops in Senegal, Kenya, Jordan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Italy and more.
Follow events around the world on Facebook and check out our Spotify playlist Music Freedom Day 2018 – Voices of the Silenced.
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Music Makes Me…

This Music Freedom Day, we encourage people to celebrate the event by joining our social media campaign “Music Makes Me…
To participate:

  1. Complete the sentence “music makes me _____” on a piece of paper (download pdf here);
  2. Upload a photo of you holding your message to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook;
  3. Use the hashtag #MusicFreedomDay2018; and
  4. Tag @freemuse98/@freemuse.98 to show your support for artistic freedom of expression and celebrate Music Freedom Day!

State of Artistic Freedom Report 2018 
On 15 March 2018, Freemuse, together with PEN Sweden, will launch The State of Artistic Freedom Report 2018 in Stockholm.

The report illustrates the current state of freedom of artistic expression and creativity globally through monitoring, documenting and examining over 500 cases of violations of artistic freedom in 78 countries. It exposes how human rights of artists, art communities and ordinary people were violated in 2017 and identifies patterns, tools and contexts of these violations. The report examines how the new world culture of silencing others turns women, minorities, including LGBT communities, into the voiceless and vulnerable at an alarming scale.
The launch will begin with a short press conference and be followed by a panel discussion. As panellists, Freemuse, PEN Sweden, Sida, Civil Rights Defenders and Amnesty International Sweden will comment on the report’s findings, address the broader opportunities and challenges to artistic freedom, and the tools and methods required for artistic freedom of expression to be recognized, respected and protected at local, national and international levels.
The event takes place at Pen Sweden’s premises in Stockholm and will be held in English.

The State of Artistic Freedom Report 2018 will be available at on 15 March at 9:00 CET.

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