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Norway: Christian heavy metal band receives death threats

6 December 2013

The heavy metal band Antestor have recieved many death threats because of their Christian religion, reported Karoline Paulsen Årrestad for NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation “It’s pretty disgusting,” said bass player Erik Norman Aanonsen. “Many in the black metal community feel they are a counterculture to the authorities, and especially …

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Norway: Christian heavy metal band receives death threats

6 December 2013

The heavy metal band Antestor have recieved many death threats because of their Christian religion, reported Karoline Paulsen Årrestad for NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation “It’s pretty disgusting,” said bass player Erik Norman Aanonsen. “Many in the black metal community feel they are a counterculture to the authorities, and especially …

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Norway: Singer disinvited from Nobel gig afterparty

3 December 2013

The former The Smiths star Morrissey has been snubbed by a leading Norwegian official and banned from a party following the Nobel Peace Prize Concert December 2013. The former The Smiths star has sparked furore in Norway after it was announced he will be performing at the prestigious show less …

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Safe havens for artists at risk – a Nordic perspective

21 November 2013

Impossible Music Session in Stockholm

On 10-11 November 2013, the Swedish Arts Council organised a Nordic Expert Meeting about Artistic Freedom of Speech to consolidate the growing movement to provide safe havens for censored and oppressed cultural workers. Several workshops demonstrated the complexity of organising safe havens for artists. During the meeting two cities, Stockholm and …

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Norway: Excluded after singing Sami-style joik in church

23 October 2013

The Parish Council in Kautokeino rages after trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen ‘joiked’ – a singing technique used by the Sami people from north Norway – during a free concert sponsored by Thon Hotels in Kautokeino church. “I have told Thon Hotels that this was not as agreed. There will be …

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Harstad in Norway: First ever safe haven city for persecuted musicians

28 February 2013

On Thursday 14 February 2013 at the Nordic music industry conference by:Larm in Oslo, the Norwegian Musicians’ Union presented their new project SafeMuse – and the first ever ‘safe haven city’ within the field of music: Harstad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADj6zL6kdWs Imagine that the police would come to the door of the artist …

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Norwegians to mark Music Freedom Day 2013: ‘Free the arts’

28 February 2013

‘RED ZONE – FREE THE ARTS’ is an international celebration of freedom of expression in art and culture, which will be held in Norway from 28 February to 3 March 2013 The famous Middle Eastern artists Tania Saleh, Rim Banna, Mohamad Abla and Syrian Bear Yumal are headlining the international …

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Norway: First ever ‘safe haven city’ for musicians

27 February 2013

  On Thursday 14 February 2013, the Norwegian Musicians’ Union presented their new project SafeMUSE – and the first ever ‘safe haven city’ within the field of music: Harstad.   Imagine that the police would come to the door of the artist and musicians after the concert in Oslo yesterday… …

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