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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Swedish city offers Gaza rapper safe city residency

19 September 2013

Video interview with rapper Khaled Harara from Palestine who the Swedish city of Gothenburg has announced will be offered a ‘safe city’ residency for two years. In April 2013, the 26-year-old rapper Khaled Harara came to the Freemuse secretariat in Copenhagen. Having toured Denmark, he was afraid of returning to …

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Sweden: ‘Impossible Music Sessions’ in Stockholm

27 May 2013

On 11 June 2013, music written by the censored artists Pussy Riot and Arya Aramnejad will be interpreted and presented in the Swedish capital Stockholm by the artists Jennie Abrahamson, Linnéa Olsson and Love Antell. The concert, entitled ‘The Impossible Music Sessions Stockholm Session #1’ is organised by SKAP, the …

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United Kingdom: Previously banned Swedish play premiers in English

15 April 2013

Banned in the United Kingdom for 50 years when first written, Strindberg’s play ‘Miss Julie’ shocked critics across Europe with its frank portrayal of sexuality and inter-class relationships in 19th century society. Now Canterbury’s Gulbenkian Theatre is to host the world premiere of a 21st century English adaptation of it. …

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Sweden: Panel debate on freedom and culture

11 April 2013

The Swedish Guild of Stage Directors are offering a seminar with guests from Georgia, Hungary and Iran on the subject of the terms and conditions for culture in their countries following the political distress during 2012. Shabnam Tolouie from Iran/France, Davit Gabunia from Georgia, Tobias Biancone, Secretary General ITI from …

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Sweden: Lecture on shelter cities for persecuted artists

11 April 2013

Playwright Reza Haji Hosseini will give a 45-minutes lecture on shelter cities for persecuted artists and the conditions for dramatic arts in Iran at the Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts on Saturday 25 May 2013 at 1pm in Jönköping.
 In the early 1990s, a movement among cities in Europe and …

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Sweden: Nordic meeting on shelter cities for persecuted artists

11 April 2013

On 18 April 2013, a meeting hosted by the Kulturhuset in Stockholm aims at developing long-term partnerships between the Nordic Arts Councils and the Nordic Institutes in Greenland, Faroe Islands and Åland, in order to collectively address issues related to freedom of expression and supporting artists living in exile in …

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Iran: Passport of Swedish-Iranian actress confiscated by police

18 March 2013

The Iranian actress Maryam Moghaddam, who lives in Sweden and who participated in the controversial film ‘Closed Curtain’, remains stuck in Iran after she received a travel ban and her passport was confiscated by Iranian police. Maryam Moghaddam traveled from Sweden to Iran to visit her mother in a family …

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Swedish Radio P2: attention on Music Freedom Day

28 February 2013

Sunday 3 March is proclaimed musicians Freedom Day by the organisation Freemuse which advocates for musicians’ freedom of speech. On this day, the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation’s radio channel P2 will put its full attention on the fact that artists all over the world are still being persecuted, censored and imprisoned …

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