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Safe Havens 2021: WHAT WE RISK FOR ART

Safe Havens 2021:
WHAT WE RISK FOR ART

December 20, 2021

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 Stream 2020 focused on a necessary improvement of cultural and artistic policies, this year’s Safe Havens Conference 2021 over 2 – 4 December focused on the artists themselves and the challenges they face at this stressful time of pandemic and creeping authoritarianism. A web-based summit with the overarching theme of Recentering Artists’ Rights in a Time of Crisis.

The program had three key design components, each with its own objectives:

Artistic Interventions: starting with a Keynote Performance instead of a speech, and closing with a multi-disciplinary artistic event live at Sentralen, Oslo. In addition, the conference featured several Artistic Interventions with the aim of re-centering focus on the artists themselves.

“Hive” Discussions: convened by key grassroots regional organizations in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, and followed by an Asia Report.

Artists’ Round Tables: two in-depth engagements, one on perceptions of artistic freedoms and introducing the Majlis concept for the voices of the artists community, and the other on repetitive patterns of definitions of who is “at risk” in arts and culture.

To these were added two debates, one by on Risk, Safety and Wellbeing on managing our mental and spiritual health during current conditions, and the other on the Safe Havens Next Steps and the artistic freedoms sector.

The conference was a closed event for participants only, due to safety for partaking artists at risk. But the closing event was a live performance at the brand new ‘Kronesalen’ at Sentralen in Oslo, titled ‘What We Risk for Art’, featuring the following performing artists:

– Carlos Catun aka Gato (Guatemalan breakdancer)
– Yasmine El Baramawy (Egyptian musician, Oud performer, composer)
– Per Oddvar Johansen (Norwegian jazz percussionist/drummer, composer)
– Ahmed Tobasi (Palestinian actor, director and educator)
– Rezan Betula (Kurdish performance artist)
– Hamid Sakhizada (Afghan musician, dambura performer and singer)
– Naïd Mubalegh (French/Hazara, flute player)
Artistic director: Hooman Sharifi
Moderator: Ingeborg Moa (director of the Norwegian Human Rights Fund)

You can see the full stream of the event here

A big thanks to all making the Safe Havens Conference possible in 2021, and see you all next year.

Safe Havens Conference 2021 was produced by Safe Havens and Freedom Talks (SH|FT) with support by The Fanak Fund, Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Institute, Artists at Risk Connection and Safemuse.

More about SH|FT here

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SAFE HAVENS & FREEDOM TALKS – MOVING ON

SAFE HAVENS & FREEDOM TALKS – MOVING ON

June 10, 2021

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 a new phase. From being an annual conference on culture and human rights gathering annually around 200 participants in November/December from all over the world, from changing organizing host environments, Safe Havens is now moving on.

The initiative is now securing the continuity by forming its own administrative body, a non-profit NGO under the name Safe Havens & Freedom Talks (SH&FT).

In Safemuse we are proud and humble being asked to take on the role as fiscal sponsor for the period of establishment. Together with the SH&FT team we are developing the base for the annual conference and associated initiatives like Freedom Talks. And there is more to come – if donors join in.

Yesterday the conference team gathered to start planning for the coming event – probably as earlier, in November / December. Dates will soon be launched. Parallel we are working hard to secure the financial base both for the new NGO, for a new edition of the conference and other activities.

Fredrik Elg – Photo Credit: Sofia Elg

In a newly published article at the Bangladesh independent magazine Shuddhashar.com, the Safe Havens initiator and never resting driver, Fredrik Elg, describes the background and motivation for the Safe Havens initiative and development:

“The goal of all initiatives within the Safe Havens concept is to strengthen the international network, which advocates and protects artists and cultural creators at risk at all levels.

Read the Shuddhashar article HERE

 

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Safe Havens Global Stream November 11.-13. 2020

Safe Havens Global Stream November 11.-13. 2020

November 9, 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 is a two phased, streamed conference event. Safemuse is a proud partner and responsible for the artistic program, presenting some fantastic artists, activist and great performers. This includes Hamid Sakhizada with his ‘Dad Raft’-ensemble, Mai Khoi together with cellist and composer Julie Ofelia Østrem Ossum, Egyptian oud performer and sound artist Yasmine Elbaramawy, Iranian metal band Confess, and finally the legendary Belarusian rocker Lavon Volski with his band.

Safe Havens Conference Global Stream

Safe Havens – A global network meeting

The annual Safe Havens conference is a global network meeting. The conference is organized in a process of collaboration between artists, different cultural operators and organizations, where focus is directed on the connection between art, culture and human rights.

The conference is a way of visualizing the significant position of culture and academia in human rights advocacy and moving towards sharing and using knowledge between artists, cultural operators, scholars and major human rights and cultural organizations.

Fredrik Elg, initiator of the conference, said: “We are artists, writers, musicians, activists and administrators from all over the world. We are in this together. And, the Safe Havens conference is the place where we come together. The conference is not a step towards establishing a new formal network, it is an open forum for all of us who see a point in meeting, interacting and sharing with new and old friends in order to learn from each other. It is a cosmopolitan space – a platform – where new collaborations take shape.”

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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 ...