At WOMEX 2018: MUSIC IS NOT FREE

October 15, 2018

Artist’s role in the social and political change to be debated during WOMEX this year. SafeMUSE is hosting a seminar in cooperation with Freemuse, and also including the Vietnamese artist Mai Khoi, putting artistic freedom on the agenda of the World Music Expo in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

Spain imprisoned 13 rappers last year – more musicians than any other country. In 2017, Freemuse registered 553 documented cases of violations of artistic freedom monitored in 78 countries in a near 50/50 split between countries in the global North and South. 202 cases in 57 countries connected to music. Freemuse warns of the emergence of a new global culture of silencing others, where artistic expression is being shut down in every corner of the globe, including in the traditionally democratic West.

It is clear that those in power attempt to shut off those with whom they disagree, dislike, fear or merely see as different, with violators sharing the will to silence others.

In Vietnam the pop-star Mai Khoi broke international headlines in 2016 after she became the first Vietnamese celebrity in history to nominate herself for the National Assembly (equivalent to congress) on a pro-democracy platform. Since then she has been banned from performing in her homeland. Her answer is “We give voice to the unspeakable, unlike other musicians here, we don’t ask for permission to perform or submit our lyrics to the censors.” She released her first album after being silenced in Vietnam on LIDIO earlier this year. “Dissent – Live at Phù sa Lab” with her band Mai Khoi Chem Gio, and a busy international activity, keeps up her her artistic activities – in spite of censorship and harassments. 

The session will take a closer look at The State of Artistic Freedom 2018 report by Freemuse and discuss the artist’s role as change-maker in a harsh world.

Chaired by Jan Lothe Eriksen (SafeMUSE), with Dr. Srirak Plipat (Freemuse) and Vietnamese artist and dissident Mai Khoi (LIDIO/SafeMUSE).

WOMEX 18 Conference Session
DATE: 25 Oct 2018
TIME: 16:00 – 17:00
CITY/AREA: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
VENUE: Conference Room 1, INFECAR
WEB: WOMEX Conference web-listing

Mai Khoi and SafeMUSE record label LIDIO will also be present at the Music Norway stand #B69-B72 throughout WOMEX. 

Safemuse er bekymret over regjeringens kutt til menneskerettighetsarbeid i revidert statsbudsjett

About us Support us Revidert Statsbudsjett: Regjeringens kutt til menneskerettighetsarbeid skaper bekymring Regjeringen møter ikke situasjonen verden står i I forslag til revidert statsbudsjett 2022, som ble lagt frem på torsdag, foreslår regjeringen å kutte støtten til satsinger på menneskerettigheter, menneskerettighetsforsvarere, kvinners rettigheter, arbeidstakerrettigheter, ytringsfrihet, rettsstat og demokrati med 136 millioner kroner. Daglig leder i

Revidert Statsbudsjett: Regjeringens kutt til menneskerettighetsarbeid skaper bekymring Regjeringen møter ikke situasjonen verden står i I forslag til revidert statsbudsjett 2022, som ble lagt frem på torsdag, foreslår regjeringen å kutte støtten til satsinger på menneskerettigheter, menneskerettighetsforsvarere, kvinners rettigheter, arbeidstaker

Revidert Statsbudsjett: Regjeringens kutt til menneskerettighetsarbeid skaper bekymring Regjeringen møter ikke situasjonen verden står i I forslag til revidert statsbudsjett 2022, som ble lagt frem på torsdag, foreslår regjeringen å kutte støtten til satsinger på menneskerettigheter, menneskerettighetsforsvarere, kvinners rettigheter, arbeidstaker...

More important than ever: Artistic freedom and mobility

About us Support us More important than ever: Artistic freedom and mobility The Norwegian Minister of Culture, Anette Trettebergstuen, opened the conference. Photo: Jon Lundell / Safemuse As March comes to a close, Safemuse looks back at a month where artistic freedom has been celebrated and promoted. A mere week after the violent conflict in

More important than ever: Artistic freedom and mobility The Norwegian Minister of Culture, Anette Trettebergstuen, opened the conference. Photo: Jon Lundell / Safemuse As March comes to a close, Safemuse looks back at a month where artistic freedom has been celebrated and promoted. A mere week after the violent conflict in

More important than ever: Artistic freedom and mobility The Norwegian Minister of Culture, Anette Trettebergstuen, opened the conference. Photo: Jon Lundell / Safemuse As March comes to a close, Safemuse looks back at a month where artistic freedom has been celebrated and promoted. A mere week after the violent conflict in ...

New chair elected at the Safemuse General Assembly

About us Support us New chair elected at the Safemuse General Assembly Photo: Veronica Tonstad / Creo Safemuse held its General Assembly on Monday 28th of February at Sentralen in Oslo, with both physical and digital attendees.  Thank you Anders Hovind!  For over a decade, Anders Hovind has been involved in the work of building

New chair elected at the Safemuse General Assembly Photo: Veronica Tonstad / Creo Safemuse held its General Assembly on Monday 28th of February at Sentralen in Oslo, with both physical and digital attendees.  Thank you Anders Hovind!  For over a decade, Anders Hovind has been involved in the work of building

New chair elected at the Safemuse General Assembly Photo: Veronica Tonstad / Creo Safemuse held its General Assembly on Monday 28th of February at Sentralen in Oslo, with both physical and digital attendees.  Thank you Anders Hovind!  For over a decade, Anders Hovind has been involved in the work of building ...

Safemuse inviterer til Fri Kunst 2022

About us Support us SAFEMUSE INVITERER TIL MARKERING AV KUNSTNERISK YTRINGSFRIHET Foto: Cronje Strøm Følg live-stream fra konferansen via denne lenken. Start: 13:00. Watch the live-stream from the conference via this link. Start: 13:00. FRI KUNST 2022 Safemuse arrangerer Fri Kunst-uken den 1. – 7. mars 2022 for å sette temaet kunstnerisk ytringsfrihet og fri bevegelse

SAFEMUSE INVITERER TIL MARKERING AV KUNSTNERISK YTRINGSFRIHET Foto: Cronje Strøm Følg live-stream fra konferansen via denne lenken. Start: 13:00. Watch the live-stream from the conference via this link. Start: 13:00. FRI KUNST 2022 Safemuse arrangerer Fri Kunst-uken den 1. – 7. mars 2022 for å sette temaet kunstnerisk ytringsfrihet og f

SAFEMUSE INVITERER TIL MARKERING AV KUNSTNERISK YTRINGSFRIHET Foto: Cronje Strøm Følg live-stream fra konferansen via denne lenken. Start: 13:00. Watch the live-stream from the conference via this link. Start: 13:00. FRI KUNST 2022 Safemuse arrangerer Fri Kunst-uken den 1. – 7. mars 2022 for å sette temaet kunstnerisk ytringsfrihet og f...

Upcoming artistic residency in Oslo and a new Residence Coordinator

About us Support us Upcoming artistic residency in Oslo and a new Residence Coordinator Former resident artist Sina Winter, Safemuse director Jan Lothe Eriksen and Sami indigenous rights specialist and joiker Ande Sonby in a panel discussion at Hvitsten Salong in August 2021. Photo: Kine Bruniera Upcoming residency program in Oslo The observations and reports

Upcoming artistic residency in Oslo and a new Residence Coordinator Former resident artist Sina Winter, Safemuse director Jan Lothe Eriksen and Sami indigenous rights specialist and joiker Ande Sonby in a panel discussion at Hvitsten Salong in August 2021. Photo: Kine Bruniera Upcoming residency program in Oslo The observations and reports

Upcoming artistic residency in Oslo and a new Residence Coordinator Former resident artist Sina Winter, Safemuse director Jan Lothe Eriksen and Sami indigenous rights specialist and joiker Ande Sonby in a panel discussion at Hvitsten Salong in August 2021. Photo: Kine Bruniera Upcoming residency program in Oslo The observations and reports ...

Safemuse kicks off 2022 with an open call for artists in need of a safe residency to develop their art

About us Support us Safemuse kicks off 2022 with an open call for artists in need of a safe residency to develop their art On the 28th of January, an open call for artists in need of a safe residency to develop their art was published on Safemuse’s homepage. The online application form will be

Safemuse kicks off 2022 with an open call for artists in need of a safe residency to develop their art On the 28th of January, an open call for artists in need of a safe residency to develop their art was published on Safemuse’s homepage. The online application form will be

Safemuse kicks off 2022 with an open call for artists in need of a safe residency to develop their art On the 28th of January, an open call for artists in need of a safe residency to develop their art was published on Safemuse’s homepage. The online application form will be ...

Safe Havens 2021: WHAT WE RISK FOR ART

About us Support us Safe Havens 2021: WHAT WE RISK FOR ART Safe Havens is the annual summit of the artistic freedoms sector, convened each December since 2013. It provides a unique opportunity for artists and those who defend them to network and build collaborations across the entire globe. After last year’s Safe Havens Global

Safe Havens 2021: WHAT WE RISK FOR ART Safe Havens is the annual summit of the artistic freedoms sector, convened each December since 2013. It provides a unique opportunity for artists and those who defend them to network and build collaborations across the entire globe. After last year’s Safe Havens Global

Safe Havens 2021: WHAT WE RISK FOR ART Safe Havens is the annual summit of the artistic freedoms sector, convened each December since 2013. It provides a unique opportunity for artists and those who defend them to network and build collaborations across the entire globe. After last year’s Safe Havens Global ...

‘Historias’ nominated to Gullsekken 2021 award

About us Support us ‘Historias’ nominated to Gullsekken 2021 award Foto: Kristian Glomnes / Seanse Earlier this month, ‘Historias’ was selected as one of the nominees to the cultural award Gullsekken 2021 for the category Best Tour Production. Together with Piero Issa, Jon Tombre, Fahil Anweri, Even Børsum and Nicolai Lopez, Safemuse’s resident artist Carlos Catun (aka.

‘Historias’ nominated to Gullsekken 2021 award Foto: Kristian Glomnes / Seanse Earlier this month, ‘Historias’ was selected as one of the nominees to the cultural award Gullsekken 2021 for the category Best Tour Production. Together with Piero Issa, Jon Tombre, Fahil Anweri, Even Børsum and Nicolai Lopez, Safemuse’s resident artist Carlos Catun (a

‘Historias’ nominated to Gullsekken 2021 award Foto: Kristian Glomnes / Seanse Earlier this month, ‘Historias’ was selected as one of the nominees to the cultural award Gullsekken 2021 for the category Best Tour Production. Together with Piero Issa, Jon Tombre, Fahil Anweri, Even Børsum and Nicolai Lopez, Safemuse’s resident artist Carlos Catun (a...

Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian risks rearrest after album release

About us Support us Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian risks rearrest after album release Photo: Wikipedia Commons – No power can stop the freedom of music Iranian composer and musician Mehdi Rajabian spent ten months in his basement in Iran where he worked on his most recent musical project, the album ‘Coup of Gods’. For many

Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian risks rearrest after album release Photo: Wikipedia Commons – No power can stop the freedom of music Iranian composer and musician Mehdi Rajabian spent ten months in his basement in Iran where he worked on his most recent musical project, the album ‘Coup of Gods’. For many

Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian risks rearrest after album release Photo: Wikipedia Commons – No power can stop the freedom of music Iranian composer and musician Mehdi Rajabian spent ten months in his basement in Iran where he worked on his most recent musical project, the album ‘Coup of Gods’. For many ...

A Conversation with Maryam Sharifi

About us Support us THE SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE 2021: A conversation with Maryam Sharifi In a conversation with Safemuse’s Akari Izumi Kvamme, Maryam Sharifi shared her experiences and reflections as an Afghani woman and cultural activist. Photo: Ortenheim Photography. Earlier this month, the Norwegian Peoples Aid Solidarity Youth’s annual conference took place on the island of

THE SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE 2021: A conversation with Maryam Sharifi In a conversation with Safemuse’s Akari Izumi Kvamme, Maryam Sharifi shared her experiences and reflections as an Afghani woman and cultural activist. Photo: Ortenheim Photography. Earlier this month, the Norwegian Peoples Aid Solidarity Youth’s annual conference took place o

THE SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE 2021: A conversation with Maryam Sharifi In a conversation with Safemuse’s Akari Izumi Kvamme, Maryam Sharifi shared her experiences and reflections as an Afghani woman and cultural activist. Photo: Ortenheim Photography. Earlier this month, the Norwegian Peoples Aid Solidarity Youth’s annual conference took place o...