FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO WORK

June 22, 2020

NON-EUROPEAN ARTISTS COME TOGETHER IN TIMES OF TROUBLE

There is no doubt that Covid-19 has put the culture sector in a state of crisis. Tours have been cancelled, concerts are a no-go and the internet has been flooded with free live shows for- and by all. In Norway, many residents are eligible for some type of support, either through social services or via new grants and funds aimed at artists and cultural institutions effected by the pandemic. A last option is to find alternative employment.

A group that has an entirely different set of challenges is the non-EU/EEA artists that live and work in Norway. They too, have lost a large amount of work, but due to their status as specialized workers, they cannot take any other kind of job to support themselves during this crisis.

Acting on some of these growing frustrations, Norwegian-based visual artist Rodrigo Ghattas-Peréz (Peru) and Gabrielle Paré (Canada) has created a support group for non-European artists based in Norway. The effort has led to a petition signed by over a thousand artists, calling on the Norwegian Government and political parties to take action.

Safemuse believes that access to employment opportunities is a fundamental right that should be granted to everyone – regardless of national affiliation. These artists should have the same right to work as professionals and present their artistic expression to the public as Norwegian and EU citizens has.

The petition states that:

«The economic situation created by COVID-19 has left many of us without work, and no opportunity to seek alternative employment. This is compounded by the fact that most of us cannot access unemployment benefits, temporary income protection (midlertidig inntektssikring), and economic social assistance. Those who apply for social assistance put the renewal of their residence permit at risk.»

The group has listed a series of demands that can solve the situation – although no response from the government has been given this far. Continuing their work, the Non-European artists based in Norway are calling for more artists to tell their stories, and working with creating a network of artists throughout the country.

Read the petition here

SAFE HAVENS & FREEDOM TALKS – MOVING ON

About us Support us SAFE HAVENS & FREEDOM TALKS – MOVING ON Photo Credit: Fredrik Elg Safe Havens & Freedom Talks is now established as a new Swedish NGO, with Safemuse as fiscal sponsor, or step stone for the build-up of the new organization. The now well-established international conference initiative Safe Havens is moving into

SAFE HAVENS & FREEDOM TALKS – MOVING ON Photo Credit: Fredrik Elg Safe Havens & Freedom Talks is now established as a new Swedish NGO, with Safemuse as fiscal sponsor, or step stone for the build-up of the new organization. The now well-established international conference initiative Safe Havens is moving into

SAFE HAVENS & FREEDOM TALKS – MOVING ON Photo Credit: Fredrik Elg Safe Havens & Freedom Talks is now established as a new Swedish NGO, with Safemuse as fiscal sponsor, or step stone for the build-up of the new organization. The now well-established international conference initiative Safe Havens is moving into ...

Safe Havens Global Stream 2020

About us Support us Safe Havens Global Stream 2020: A BROAD VARIETY OF ARTISTIC INTERVENTIONS Safe Havens is a once-a-year conference opportunity where arts and human rights activists share and use their experience. This year organized as a two-stage series of online seminars under the title Safe Havens Global Stream. Prioritising artists, smaller organisations and

Safe Havens Global Stream 2020: A BROAD VARIETY OF ARTISTIC INTERVENTIONS Safe Havens is a once-a-year conference opportunity where arts and human rights activists share and use their experience. This year organized as a two-stage series of online seminars under the title Safe Havens Global Stream. Prioritising artists, smaller organisations and

Safe Havens Global Stream 2020: A BROAD VARIETY OF ARTISTIC INTERVENTIONS Safe Havens is a once-a-year conference opportunity where arts and human rights activists share and use their experience. This year organized as a two-stage series of online seminars under the title Safe Havens Global Stream. Prioritising artists, smaller organisations and ...

Safemuse Artist Touring High Schools

About us Support us SAFEMUSE RESIDENCE ARTIST TOURING HIGH SCHOOLS  Nicolai López and Carlos “Gato” David Catun Quintana. Photo: Kristian Glomnes/SEANSE Safemuse residence artist, Guatemalan break dancer Gato (Carlos Catun), together with colleagues Nicolai López and Piero Issa, just finished their premiere DKS (Den kulturelle skolesekken) tour in Trøndelag, “BBoy for life”. The production, a combination

SAFEMUSE RESIDENCE ARTIST TOURING HIGH SCHOOLS  Nicolai López and Carlos “Gato” David Catun Quintana. Photo: Kristian Glomnes/SEANSE Safemuse residence artist, Guatemalan break dancer Gato (Carlos Catun), together with colleagues Nicolai López and Piero Issa, just finished their premiere DKS (Den kulturelle skolesekken) tour

SAFEMUSE RESIDENCE ARTIST TOURING HIGH SCHOOLS  Nicolai López and Carlos “Gato” David Catun Quintana. Photo: Kristian Glomnes/SEANSE Safemuse residence artist, Guatemalan break dancer Gato (Carlos Catun), together with colleagues Nicolai López and Piero Issa, just finished their premiere DKS (Den kulturelle skolesekken) tour ...

Safe Havens Global Stream November 11.-13. 2020

About us Support us Safe Havens Global Stream November 11.-13. 2020 Julie Ofelia Østrem Ossum and Mai Khoi will perform during the conference Safe Havens Global Stream Safe Havens Conference is starting up tomorrow: Safe Havens Global Stream – with more than 150 participants from all over the world! This year the annual Safe Havens

Safe Havens Global Stream November 11.-13. 2020 Julie Ofelia Østrem Ossum and Mai Khoi will perform during the conference Safe Havens Global Stream Safe Havens Conference is starting up tomorrow: Safe Havens Global Stream – with more than 150 participants from all over the world! This year the annual Safe Havens

Safe Havens Global Stream November 11.-13. 2020 Julie Ofelia Østrem Ossum and Mai Khoi will perform during the conference Safe Havens Global Stream Safe Havens Conference is starting up tomorrow: Safe Havens Global Stream – with more than 150 participants from all over the world! This year the annual Safe Havens ...

Artist in residence meets engaged youth

About us Support us ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MEETS ENGAGED YOUTH DANCE, FREEDOM AND THE POWER OF ART For the fourth year Safemuse visited Solidaritetsungdommen, Norwegian People Aids’ youth organization, at their annual seminar at Utøya. “Gato has been dancing since he was fifteen. For him dancing isn´t just a way of expression, but the way

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MEETS ENGAGED YOUTH DANCE, FREEDOM AND THE POWER OF ART For the fourth year Safemuse visited Solidaritetsungdommen, Norwegian People Aids’ youth organization, at their annual seminar at Utøya. “Gato has been dancing since he was fifteen. For him dancing isn´t just a way of expression, but the way

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MEETS ENGAGED YOUTH DANCE, FREEDOM AND THE POWER OF ART For the fourth year Safemuse visited Solidaritetsungdommen, Norwegian People Aids’ youth organization, at their annual seminar at Utøya. “Gato has been dancing since he was fifteen. For him dancing isn´t just a way of expression, but the way ...

MEET THE NEW TEAM

About us Support us MEET THE NEW TEAM Photo: Even Finnsrud/Musikkultur THE SAFEMUSE ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM IS GROWING Safemuse is entering the fall with some wonderful additions to our team. With one new full time employee, one new temp and one new residence coordinator, we will keep working to give artists at risk a safe place

MEET THE NEW TEAM Photo: Even Finnsrud/Musikkultur THE SAFEMUSE ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM IS GROWING Safemuse is entering the fall with some wonderful additions to our team. With one new full time employee, one new temp and one new residence coordinator, we will keep working to give artists at risk a safe place

MEET THE NEW TEAM Photo: Even Finnsrud/Musikkultur THE SAFEMUSE ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM IS GROWING Safemuse is entering the fall with some wonderful additions to our team. With one new full time employee, one new temp and one new residence coordinator, we will keep working to give artists at risk a safe place ...

NON-EU/EEA ARTISTS IN NORWAY CALL FOR SUPPORT IN WAKE OF COVID-19

About us Support us FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO WORK NON-EUROPEAN ARTISTS COME TOGETHER IN TIMES OF TROUBLE There is no doubt that Covid-19 has put the culture sector in a state of crisis. Tours have been cancelled, concerts are a no-go and the internet has been flooded with free live shows for- and by

FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO WORK NON-EUROPEAN ARTISTS COME TOGETHER IN TIMES OF TROUBLE There is no doubt that Covid-19 has put the culture sector in a state of crisis. Tours have been cancelled, concerts are a no-go and the internet has been flooded with free live shows for- and by

FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO WORK NON-EUROPEAN ARTISTS COME TOGETHER IN TIMES OF TROUBLE There is no doubt that Covid-19 has put the culture sector in a state of crisis. Tours have been cancelled, concerts are a no-go and the internet has been flooded with free live shows for- and by ...

MUSTAFA GAMAL RELEASED FROM CUSTODY

About us Support us Mustafa Gamal released from custody On June 1st, 2020, web designer Mustafa Gamal has got the decision of being released from custody, to be tried in liberty, as the two-year time-limit of detention prescribed by the Egyptian legislation was expired. On May 20, 2020, cultural rights defenders called for the release

Mustafa Gamal released from custody On June 1st, 2020, web designer Mustafa Gamal has got the decision of being released from custody, to be tried in liberty, as the two-year time-limit of detention prescribed by the Egyptian legislation was expired. On May 20, 2020, cultural rights defenders called for the release

Mustafa Gamal released from custody On June 1st, 2020, web designer Mustafa Gamal has got the decision of being released from custody, to be tried in liberty, as the two-year time-limit of detention prescribed by the Egyptian legislation was expired. On May 20, 2020, cultural rights defenders called for the release ...

TBT: EL HAQED LIVE AT BLÅ

About us Support us El Haqed live at Blå 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2fRE1NqcUM El Haqed / L7A9D (Oslo 2015) FRESH FROM THE VAULT: To celebrate the new Safemuse website, we have dug out a video from May 1st 2015 featuring the Moroccan rapper El Haqed/L7a9d on stage together with the Norwegian rap-duo ‘Gatas Parlament’ (Street Parliament). El

El Haqed live at Blå 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2fRE1NqcUM El Haqed / L7A9D (Oslo 2015) FRESH FROM THE VAULT: To celebrate the new Safemuse website, we have dug out a video from May 1st 2015 featuring the Moroccan rapper El Haqed/L7a9d on stage together with the Norwegian rap-duo ‘Gatas Parlament’ (Street Parliament). El

El Haqed live at Blå 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2fRE1NqcUM El Haqed / L7A9D (Oslo 2015) FRESH FROM THE VAULT: To celebrate the new Safemuse website, we have dug out a video from May 1st 2015 featuring the Moroccan rapper El Haqed/L7a9d on stage together with the Norwegian rap-duo ‘Gatas Parlament’ (Street Parliament). El ...

CALL FOR RELEASE OF MUSTAFA GAMAL

About us Support us Human rights and cultural groups call for release of Mustafa Gamal ‘Art is not a crime. Freedom of expression is a right. Dissent is not terrorism.’ Today Safemuse joins Artists at Risk, English PEN, Index on Censorship, Freemuse, European Music Council, International Music Council, PEN International, PEN America and Artists at

Human rights and cultural groups call for release of Mustafa Gamal ‘Art is not a crime. Freedom of expression is a right. Dissent is not terrorism.’ Today Safemuse joins Artists at Risk, English PEN, Index on Censorship, Freemuse, European Music Council, International Music Council, PEN International, PEN America and Artists at

Human rights and cultural groups call for release of Mustafa Gamal ‘Art is not a crime. Freedom of expression is a right. Dissent is not terrorism.’ Today Safemuse joins Artists at Risk, English PEN, Index on Censorship, Freemuse, European Music Council, International Music Council, PEN International, PEN America and Artists at ...