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Safe Havens for Artists at Risk – a Nordic Perspective

The Swedish Arts council arranged a Nordic Expert Meeting about Artistic Freedom of Speech to consolidate the growing movement to provide safe havens for censored and oppressed cultural workers. 

When: 11-12 November 2013
Where: Moriska Paviljongen, Malmö, Sweden
For more information please contact Alan Deswar at alan.deswar@kulturradet.se 

AGENDA

Monday November 11

11.00 Registration and lunch at Moriska Paviljongen, main entrance. Sign up for the afternoon workshops. Lunch buffet is served between 11.00 and 11.50.

12.00 Main hall.
Writer and performance poet Easterine Kire will be our host through the two days. Here she gives an introduction to the meeting and a few words on the practical details.

12.10 Director of the Swedish Arts Council, Kennet Johansson welcomes the delegates.

12.20 Skype conversation with Pyotr Verzilov, Russia, moderated by art curators Ivor Stodolsky and
Marita Muukkonen.

12.50 Chairman of the board of the Swedish Arts Council, Kerstin Brunnberg in conversation with representatives of ICORN, PEN, Freedimensional, Freemuse, Safemuse, Reporters without Borders and Scholars at Risk. On modes of operation and why we have gathered for this meeting.

13.30. Monirah Hashemi, Afghan filmmaker and theatre director, currently the guest of Karlstad and Riksteatern.

14.00 Khaled Harara, guest writer/rapper in Gothenburg in conversation with Lotta Schüllerqvist from Reporters Without Borders.

14.30 Academic panel discussion with Fataneh Farahani, PhD Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Stockholm University and Mustafa Dikec, Professor at the Institut Français d’Urbanisme (IFU) in Paris. Moderated by Ingrid Elam, dean of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg, On the background of sheltering dissident artists in cities of refuge and a discussion on the power relations at work between the different stakeholders in acts of hospitality.

15.20 Coffee break.

15.50 Presentation of the first workshop session – Easterine Kire and the workshop leaders.

16.00–17.30 Workshops.
There will be a choice of three different workshops discussing threats against artistic freedom and the situation for artists of different disciplines, defending human rights. The workshops will be hosted by representatives of some of the most experienced international artist organisations for free speech, dissident artists as well as other professionals and experts (please see following pages).

17.30 Gathering after the workshops. The workshop leaders will summarize the results of the workshops.
A short presentation of the evening event: Impossible Music Sessions.

17.50 Poetic intervention by Easterine Kire and summing up the first day of the meeting. 

18.10–19.30 Dinner buffet in the main venue. Welcome to Malmö – speech by a Representative from the City of Malmö.

20.00–22.00 Evening event, Moriska Paviljongen: The Impossible Music Sessions. This session is open also to the public.

The Impossible Music Sessions STHLM is a series of concerts and talks on the theme of freedom of musical expression. Around the world, musicians are silenced, censored and prevented from creating and performing their music, because it displeases the people in power. Through The Impossible Music Sessions the silenced musicians take their voices back. Local artists perform the silenced music live. Cross-border collaborations between musicians are created and the banned music sees new life.

Read more about IMSSTHLM

Tuesday November 12

08.30 Coffee.

09.00 Easterine Kire, introduction to the second day of sessions.

09.10 Alfons Karabuda, President of SKAP – Swedish Society of Popular Music Composers and ECSA – European Composer & Songwriter Alliance, presents the recent UN-report on Artistic rights.

09.45 Conversation with the two cartoonists Mana Neyestani and Fadi Abou Hassan, moderated by culture producer Manal Masri.

10.20 Easterine Kire introduces the first workshop sessions together with the workshop leaders.

10.30 Workshops. A new choice of three different workshops discussing threats against artistic freedom and the situation for artists of different disciplines, defending human rights. The workshops will be hosted by representatives of some of the most experienced international artist organisations for free speech, dissident artists as well as other professionals and experts (please see following pages).

12.00 Gathering in the main venue after the workshops. The workshop leaders will summarize the results of the workshops.

12.30 Lunch.

13.20 Kerstin Brunnberg, discussion with some of the delegates. What is the result of these two days of networking and workshops? Next step – how do we move forward in the Nordic networks for free speech, shelter cities and artistic freedom?

13.50 Final words by Easterine Kire.

15.00 Open seminar in Swedish on how digital media and art be used to strengthen freedom of speech. Hosted by Kulturkontakt Nord. This afternoon seminar is not part of the official programme, but all delegates are welcome.

The expert meeting is part of the Swedish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, in collaboration with ICORN, PEN, Freemuse, Safemuse, Freedimensional, Scholars at Risk, Reporters without Borders and the city of Malmö.


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