Swedish ‘cake-gate’ about art, racism and freedom of expression

19 April 2012

The cake installation ‘Könsstympningstårtan’ – ‘The Circumcision Tart’ – by the artist Makode Aj Linde depicting a naked black woman at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm sparked outrage and brought tempers to a boil in mid-April 2012. In conjunction with the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Swedish Artists’ …

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Sweden: Concerts with Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla cancelled

12 April 2012

In March 2012, the 35-year-old Jamaican reggae musician Sizzla Kalonji was stopped from performing in Sweden, second time around in the same month, because of his infamous homophobic lyrics. Sizzla was scheduled to perform in Slakthuset in Stockholm on 28 March 2012, but few hours before the concert, Slakthuset’s management …

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Freemuse Award 2011: Ramy Essam honoured in Stockholm

21 November 2011

Award ceremonyfromSKAP.  Press service:  Click here for sound files and photos in high resolution On 21 November 2011 the Egyptian singer Ramy Essam received the Freemuse Award 2011 at a ceremony in Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden. “My dream is to spread the voice of Egypt all over the world. Thank …

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Sweden: The conference ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’

2 November 2011

  How can we support authors and musicians in the face of censorship and repression? Are authors free to express their minds in our modern, digital world? And how is freedom of expression connected to authors’ rights? The questions will be investigated at the international conference ‘Right! Freedom of Music …

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Sweden: Death threats to DJ for Facebook debate about gender issues

8 August 2011

A seemingly uncontroversial post on the Facebook profile of the club and concert hall Slakthuset in Stockholm resulted in death threats against DJ Tova Wellton. “Book more women, please” said Tova Wellton’s Facebook post to Slakthuset that ended in a heated debate with death threats and a discussion with more …

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Sweden: Hip-hop performances cancelled because of controversial lyrics

9 May 2011

The hip-hop group Labyrint from Uppsala was stopped from performing in Växjö and Värnamo after a notice from police authorities saying their lyrics glorify drugs. Labyrint was scheduled to perform in a youth club in Växjö. But when police drew the attention of the Municipality of Växjö to the group’s …

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Sweden: What do Swedish music associations do for freedom of speech?

1 December 2010

In this commentary, composer and acting chairman of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance, Alfons Karabuda, writes about artistic creators and freedom of expression. The commentary was published in Swedish in his blog on on 23 November 2010. “I shall close my dirty mouth only after death” Although this blog …

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Sweden: Safe cities for musicians

17 November 2010

All over Europe city councils are hosting persecuted writers. Why not persecuted musicians? Chairperson of the Swedish Arts Council, Kerstin Brunnberg, raised the question on 15 November 2010. Kerstin Brunnberg said to the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation: “I am going to promote the idea of including musicians in the safe city …

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Sweden: Eurovision Song Contest winner creates controversy

23 April 2009

Popular radio channels normally promote national Eurovision Song Contest winners. But not this year in Sweden where the country’s mezzo soprano winner is claimed to be “unfitted” for mainstream radio formats. Why is this year’s winner of the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest played less than previous year’s winners? “Because radio …

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