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Artist in residence meets engaged youth

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MEETS ENGAGED YOUTH

October 10, 2020

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 of expressing himself. When he dances others listen, they stop. They see the possibility of a different world. That is why he is dangerous. Because Hope is dangerous. Because youths with hope are youths that create change. And those who don’t want change are those in power. They are threatened by Gato, by dance, by arts’ ability to make people feel.”

Celina Jerman Bright-Taylor, Safemuse  

 

«People change the world» is the slogan of Norwegian People Aid and Solidaritetsungdommen. Safemuse visited their seminar at Utøya a weekend in September, to talk about the importance of art and artistic freedom, and how art contributes to changing the world. 

 

We screened the documentary B-Boys for life that documents the life of our artist in residence Carlos «Gato» Catuns’ break dance crew in Guatemala City. The documentary describes the brutality of the gangs, but also shows the power they have in society.

 

As well as showing the documentary Gato also participated in a conversation together with Nicolai Lopez and Celina Jerman Bright Taylor from Safemuse about the importance of art as an alternative to criminality. He spoke about how dancing changed his life and how it gives youths an opportunity to find a community somewhere else than amongst the gangs that control large parts of Guatemala.

 

After the conversation we had the opportunity to continue the talk with engaged youths that use their spare time to contribute to different parts of Norwegian Peoples Aids’ work. It was moving to experience Utøya filled with young people that want to create change. It gave hope for change also in Guatemala.

 

Utøya is an island in the Tyrifjorden lake about 38 km northwest of Oslo city centre. Utøya is owned by the Workers’ Youth League (AUF), a youth group associated with the Labour Party in Norway.


On 22 July 2011, a mass shooting took place at the AUF’s summer youth camp, where over 500 young people were staying. The perpetrator, Anders Behring Breivik arrived at the island after setting off a car bomb in the Government Quarter in Oslo. 


Combined, the attacks in Oslo and Utøya left 77 dead, with 69 killed on the island. 

 

For more information, see the 22 July Centre.

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

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MEET THE NEW TEAM

MEET THE NEW TEAM

August 27, 2020

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 to work and develop their art. Kicking off the autumn with a two-day seminar, the administrative team got to work on some of our future projects. We are proud to introduce you to the newest members of our team, what their background is and what they think about artistic freedom. 

Celina Jerman Bright-Taylor

Photo: Jon Lundell

Celina has a background in international relations and international law. She has worked with human rights issues in several countries, but has in the last years been working in civil society organizations in Norway like NOAS, FIVAS and the Norwegian Council for Africa. She has been especially involved in the work with corporate social responsibility. Celina is passionate about how we through art and creative expressions can shed light on important questions in our society, how art opens up new ways to meet people and allows us to understand how changes in the society affects people’s lives. 

Q: What does artistic freedom mean to you?

– To me, artistic freedom means the right to self-expression on your own terms. Art, in all its shapes and forms, talks to our emotions, to something deeper within us than what is purely intellectual. That is why art is dangerous, provocative and an agent for change. There is a feeling of community when we chant the same song in a demonstration. A short poem can hold a world of questions and of answers and comprehension of complex issues.  A theater can create a debate concerning both the personal and the political. But to me, most importantly, people should have the freedom to create their own space, to work with and express what it is that lives within themselves.

Celina Jerman Bright-Taylor enters a full time position as Program Officer.

Frøydis Bergheim Ruud

Photo: Even Finnsrud/Musikkultur

Photo: Even Finnsrud/Musikkultur

Frøydis has in the recent years worked as label manager at Grappa Musikkforlag AS, where she has been in charge of traditional music label Heilo, as well as jazz/experimental labels Hubro and Odin. She has also been the Grappa liaison for Safemuse’s own label LIDIO. She holds a master degree in traditional music from the University of South-East Norway. As a playing manager of ‘Myllargutens gammaldansorkester’ she released several albums and toured a variety of countries in Europe with the 15 piece band. Her optimistic world view drives her to work for what she truly believes in: that when a multitude of cultural expressions are made available to many, we as a society will be more open and understanding and progressive. She brings with her a great passion for facilitating collaborations and cultural meetings across genres and borders.

Q: What does artistic freedom mean to you?

– The role of art in our society is to describe, challenge and criticize. That is why artistic freedom is essential to maintain a well-functioning society that moves forward, and never is allowed to stagnate.

Frøydis Bergheim Ruud is entering a 50% temporary position as Project Coordinator.

Nicolai López

Photo: Even Finnsrud/Musikkultur

Nicolai comes from a background in hip hop and theatre. He has worked for over a decade as a professional dancer, before he started his present career as a creative producer and project manager within the arts field. He has a deep passion for and knowledge about the Northern Norwegian culture, as well as the Sámi culture and indigenous culture in various parts of the world. He has run an artist management for Northern Norwegian and Sámi artists, working amongst others with the successful band ISÁK. He has also worked with several theatre and dance projects – the most famous being ‘Vidas Extremas’ that earned a Hedda Award and the Theatre Critics Award in 2016.

Q: What does artistic freedom mean to you?

– Artistic freedom is an essential right. Through my work with indigenous culture I have come to understand that it is also completely necessary. For many people, the stage is the only place you can express yourself freely, even if that stage is hidden, and everywhere else is a dangerous place. Those who truly fight for artistic freedom are people who dare to risk something, risks that we in Norway will probably never really understand. We might think that we are willing to die for our art, but we will never have to make that choice. This is why I want to use all my effort and knowledge, to fight for those who know and have experienced what the price of artistic freedom can be.

Nicolai enters a 50% position as Residence Coordinator for our current residency with the dancer Gato.

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 ...

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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 ...

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

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

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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 ...

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About us Support us A ONE-WEEK CELEBRATION OF ARTISTIC FREEDOM ALL OVER NORWAY MARCH 2020 SafeMUSE together with partners Freemuse, NOKU – Norwegian Culture Forum, NTO – Association of Norwegian Theaters and Orchestras and a long list of Norwegian artists associations, arts organizations and institutions are inviting for a celebration of ‘Fri Kunst’, Artistic Freedom 2-8 March 2020 all over

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SafeMUSE welcomes residence artist: GATO’s LONG JOURNEY In the spring of 2016 the Guatemalan dancer ‘Gato’, together with the National Sami Theatre institution Beaivvás, received the Norwegian prestigious Hedda Prize for “Particular artistic effort” (Særlig kunstnerisk innsats), as an important performer and ‘supplier of terms’ for the groun...

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MUSTAFA GAMAL RELEASED FROM CUSTODY

Mustafa Gamal released from custody

June 2, 2020

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 of Mustafa, who was arrested in March 2018. Read more >

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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 ...

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

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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

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About us Support us A ONE-WEEK CELEBRATION OF ARTISTIC FREEDOM ALL OVER NORWAY MARCH 2020 SafeMUSE together with partners Freemuse, NOKU – Norwegian Culture Forum, NTO – Association of Norwegian Theaters and Orchestras and a long list of Norwegian artists associations, arts organizations and institutions are inviting for a celebration of ‘Fri Kunst’, Artistic Freedom 2-8 March 2020 all over

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SafeMUSE welcomes residence artist: GATO’s LONG JOURNEY In the spring of 2016 the Guatemalan dancer ‘Gato’, together with the National Sami Theatre institution Beaivvás, received the Norwegian prestigious Hedda Prize for “Particular artistic effort” (Særlig kunstnerisk innsats), as an important performer and ‘supplier of terms’ for the groun...

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TBT: EL HAQED LIVE AT BLÅ

El Haqed live at Blå 2015

May 18, 2020
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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 Haqed’s appearance was part of a residency organized by Safemuse that included working with ‘Paleface’ in Helsinki and the Palestinian rapper Khaled Harara in Gothenburg. In Oslo he appeared as Special Guest during Gatas Parlament’s May Day party at ‘Blå’, one of the leading venues in Norway within ‘alternative’ live music.

L7a9d or El Haqed (meaning: ‘The Enraged One’) is a Moroccan rapper and human rights activist that has been imprisoned on spurious charges three times in Morocco in as many years, the last time for four months in 2014 – most probably because of his popularity and has lyrics that condemn corruption and police brutality. El Haqed rose to prominence when he was imprisoned for criticizing Mohammed VI, the king of Morocco. After two years in prison he was released in 2013. In February 2014 he released a new album called Waloo. El Haqed faced difficulties in pursuing his recording career when studios did not want to work with him fearing government surveillance. He was banned from performing in public and subsequently Safemuse invited him for a Nordic residency round trip to meet colleagues and have the possibility to work and perform. When returning to Morocco after the residency, he again was approached by the authorities, and found it best to leave. He is now based in Brussels, Belgium,

Gatas Parlament (currently Elling Borgersrud and Jester) started out in 1993, was the first hip-hoppers to release a recording in Norwegian, and have through the years caused quite some controversy with their strong left-leaning political lyrics and views. 

‘Shof’

As a result of a nightly session in the studio of Gatas Parlament in May 2015, the track ‘Shof’ featuring El Haqed was included in Gatas album ‘Gatas 4 Life’, released in February last year.

Check out ‘Shof’ at Bandcamp or Spotify.  

The 2015 residency was organized in cooperation with HIAP/Nordic Fresh Air Network and Perpetuum Mobile in Helsinki and Konstepidemin in Gothenburg, supported by Creo – the union for arts and culture, The Finish Musicians’ Union and SKAP – Swedish composers and lyricists.

Film by Andreas Leonardsen.

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Artistic freedom and populism ‘FRI KUNST 2020’ / MUSIC FREEDOM DAY: Deeyah Khan, an award-winning film director, human rights activist, record producer and former singer and artist, writes about the necessity and need for the power of art and artistic freedom in todays world, full of armed conflicts, inequality, radicalisation, authori

Artistic freedom and populism ‘FRI KUNST 2020’ / MUSIC FREEDOM DAY: Deeyah Khan, an award-winning film director, human rights activist, record producer and former singer and artist, writes about the necessity and need for the power of art and artistic freedom in todays world, full of armed conflicts, inequality, radicalisation, authori...

About us Support us A ONE-WEEK CELEBRATION OF ARTISTIC FREEDOM ALL OVER NORWAY MARCH 2020 SafeMUSE together with partners Freemuse, NOKU – Norwegian Culture Forum, NTO – Association of Norwegian Theaters and Orchestras and a long list of Norwegian artists associations, arts organizations and institutions are inviting for a celebration of ‘Fri Kunst’, Artistic Freedom 2-8 March 2020 all over

A ONE-WEEK CELEBRATION OF ARTISTIC FREEDOM ALL OVER NORWAY MARCH 2020 SafeMUSE together with partners Freemuse, NOKU – Norwegian Culture Forum, NTO – Association of Norwegian Theaters and Orchestras and a long list of Norwegian artists associations, arts organizations and institutions are inviting for a celebration of ‘Fri Kunst&

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SafeMUSE welcomes residence artist: GATO’s LONG JOURNEY In the spring of 2016 the Guatemalan dancer ‘Gato’, together with the National Sami Theatre institution Beaivvás, received the Norwegian prestigious Hedda Prize for “Particular artistic effort” (Særlig kunstnerisk innsats), as an important performer and ‘supplier of terms’ for the groun

SafeMUSE welcomes residence artist: GATO’s LONG JOURNEY In the spring of 2016 the Guatemalan dancer ‘Gato’, together with the National Sami Theatre institution Beaivvás, received the Norwegian prestigious Hedda Prize for “Particular artistic effort” (Særlig kunstnerisk innsats), as an important performer and ‘supplier of terms’ for the groun...

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CALL FOR RELEASE OF MUSTAFA GAMAL

Human rights and cultural groups call for release of Mustafa Gamal

May 8, 2020

‘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 Risk Connection in a call for the immediate release of Mustafa Gamal from prison in Egypt. He was arrested in 2018, accused of being a member of a terrorist group, which are baseless charges. Gamal is a social media administrator that he has been targeted because of his former association with the musician Ramy Essam.

In this joint letter we call for the immediate release of Mustafa Gamal and Galal El-Behairy along with all political prisoners in Egypt, and for an independent investigation into the circumstances and cause of Shady Habash’s death:

We, the undersigned, call for the immediate release of Mustafa Gamal from prison in Egypt. His imprisonment in pre-trial detention is an egregious instance of the Egyptian government’s continuing crackdown on freedom of expression, in violation of international human rights conventions to which Egypt is a signatory. His detention was renewed on 6 May for a further 45 days, in breach of the two-year limit on pre-trial detention.

Mustafa Gamal was arrested in 2018, accused of being a member of a terrorist group, spreading false news and the abuse of social media networks.

These are baseless charges.

Mustafa Gamal is a social media administrator. We believe that he has been targeted because of his former association with the musician Ramy Essam, whose fan page he certified on Facebook in 2015. Ramy Essam’s songs were the anthem of the Egyptian revolution. Essam was arrested, tortured, his songs were banned and he was forbidden from performing in public. He has been in exile since 2014.

Mustafa Gamal is among a number of Egyptians who have been arrested because of their connections with Essam, victims of the Egyptian government’s vindictive response to any perceived criticism of its authoritarian regime.

In 2018, Ramy Essam released the viral hit song and video, Balaha, which aimed to raise discussion on violence, oppression and corruption in Egypt.

The lyricist of Balaha, poet Galal El-Behairy, was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison. The 24-year-old director of the song’s video, Shady Habash, was also arrested and held in pre-trial detention. He died in prison on Saturday, 2 May, the third death in ten months among prisoners of conscience in Tora prison. Human rights activists have disputed Egypt’s account of his death, attributing it to medical negligence. Habash’s tragic death highlights the continuing injustice of the imprisonment of El-Behairy and Gamal.

Mustafa Gamal played no role in the production of Balaha and has had no contact with Ramy Essam since 2015.

None of these individuals has committed any crime. No artist should face arrest for their work.

We call for the immediate release of Mustafa Gamal and Galal El-Behairy along with all political prisoners in Egypt, and for an independent investigation into the circumstances and cause of Shady Habash’s death. Deprived of their freedom on baseless grounds, these prisoners of conscience now additionally face risks to their health in Egypt’s overcrowded prisons with the spread of Covid-19.

Art is not a crime. Freedom of expression is a right. Dissent is not terrorism.

#FreeMustafaGamal #FreeGalal #PrisonersofBalaha 

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Artists at Risk (AR)
English PEN
European Music Council
Freemuse
Index on Censorship
International Music Council
PEN America, Artists at Risk Connection (ARC)
PEN International
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FRI KUNST / MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2020

A ONE-WEEK CELEBRATION OF ARTISTIC FREEDOM ALL OVER NORWAY MARCH 2020

January 28, 2020

SafeMUSE together with partners FreemuseNOKU – Norwegian Culture Forum, NTO – Association of Norwegian Theaters and Orchestras and a long list of Norwegian artists associations, arts organizations and institutions are inviting for a celebration of ‘Fri Kunst’, Artistic Freedom 2-8 March 2020 all over Norway.

Artistic freedom is under an increasing pressure, and artists of all disciplines and genres are under threat, being persecuted and censored, prosecuted and imprisoned, harassed and even killed. In Europe this is also a growing problem, with Spain being the country globally imprisoning most musicians – both in 2018 and 2019 (Freemuse: The State of Artistic Freedom).

In Norway artistic freedom has been up to debate recently, with several cased where artists has been met with threats and accusations.

On the basis of this, SafeMUSE has taken the initiative to expand the annual marking of Music Freedom Day 3 March in Norway into a national celebration of Artistic Freedom. We are inviting institutions, event-organizers, clubs, galleries, theaters, orchestras, ensembles, organizations, unions and all others who wants to join for a full week of concerts, exhibitions, performances, shows, seminars and discussions to focus on as many aspects and perspectives to artistic freedom as possible. Either to dedicate the event or concert already planned to Artistic Freedom, or to organize something especially related to this topic during this week.

Through this we will gain a general increased awareness, consciousness and knowledge of the importance of Artistic Freedom. The idea is to coordinate whatever will happen during this week under a joint tag and umbrella, and through coordinated action, raise the awareness.
JOIN US AT WWW.FRIKUNST.ORG

 

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SAFEMUSE WELCOMES RESIDENCE ARTIST

SafeMUSE welcomes residence artist:
GATO's LONG JOURNEY

November 13, 2019