Conferences & Events



CONFERENCES/SEMINARS & EVENTS



Please note that this list is not complete. For more information about Freemuse activities after 2009, please visit the following page: Activities




Burma/Myanmar: Greetings from Win Maw
Video clip of the session ‘BEAUTY UNDER PRESSURE’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’.
14 December 2012
Cameroon/Russia: The artist vs. the state
Video clip of the session ‘THE ARTIST VS. THE STATE: THE CASE OF LAPIRO DE MBANGA AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR PUSSY RIOT’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’.
14 December 2012
Egypt: “I’m the only woman in Egypt who screams”
Video clip of the session ‘OVERCOMING: WOMEN; ART AND EGYPT’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’.
14 December 2012
Hungary: Adam Fischer on artistic freedom and responsibility
Video clip of the session ‘HUNGARY: ARTISTIC FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY IN THE AGE OF XENOPHOBIA’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’.
14 December 2012
Mali: The day the music stopped
Video clip of the session ‘THE DAY THE MUSIC STOPPED: MALI’, at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’.
14 December 2012
Norway/UK: “My first love was always music”
Interview with Deeyah and video clip of the session ‘STOP THIS FILTH: ARTISTS UNDER THREATS’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’.
14 December 2012
Tibet: “As long as we perform, Tibet is still alive”
Video clip of the session ‘TIBET: ARTISTS IN EXILE’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’.
14 December 2012
Zimbabwe: “They don’t have jurisdiction over your spirit”
Interview with Outspoken and video clip of the session ‘OUTSPOKEN’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’. The session contains Outspoken talking and performing two songs.
14 December 2012
First world conference on artistic freedom of expression
Video recordings of sessions and interviews with musicians who attended the conference in Oslo, Norway, on 25-26 October 2012
14 December 2012
Freemuse: Meet Freemuse at WOMEX – the annual World Music Expo
On 29 October 2009, Freemuse organises a network-meeting at Womex – the world’s largest trade fair and expo for world music
26 October 2009
Freemuse: Presentation in one of the most deadly places for musicians
At one of Latin America’s biggest music festivals, Ollinkan in Mexico, Freemuse gave a 40 minutes powerpoint presentation
18 June 2009
Freemuse: Artists’ voices embarrassingly missing at major conference
500 freedom of expression activists met in Norway in early June 2009 – but the artists’ voices were missing
17 June 2009
Freemuse: Young Arab leaders discussed music censorship
Music censorship in the Middle East and North Africa was in focus at a Stockholm seminar on 12 June 2009, rounding up a ‘Young Leaders’ training programme
17 June 2009
Somalia: Attacks on music practitioners
Report of a one-day seminar about music censorship and attacks on music practitioners in Somalia, held at Hotel Sahafi in the Somali capital Mogadishu, on 3 July 2008
09 October 2008
Denmark: Focus on arguments against religious music prohibition
Salman Ahmad visited Copenhagen in February 2007 to introduce the screening of the documentary film, ‘The Rock Star and the Mullahs’
15 February 2007
Journalist workshop in South Africa about music censorship
The workshop in March 2007 aims at upgrading the knowledge of African journalists who already work in the field of human rights to also include music censorship issues
25 January 2007
Video interviews from the 3rd Freemuse World Conference
Video interviews from the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul on 25-26 November 2006
16 January 2007
Log on for 3WC participants
Closed area. Info only for participants and registrated media. You must register to gain access
18 December 2006
3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship
200 professional musicians, scholars, and composers from 22 countries met at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference on 25-26 November 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey
18 December 2006
Media coverage of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference
Reports, articles, radio and tv about the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul in November 2006
06 December 2006
Photos of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference
Photos from the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul on 25-26 November 2006
06 December 2006
Speakers of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference
Speakers at 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul – 25-26 November 2006
05 December 2006
Programme of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference
Conference programme from the 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship, in Istanbul in November 2006
02 December 2006
WOMEX 2006
At this year’s WOMEX, Freemuse presents the session “New Horizons for Freemuse” by editor Daniel Brown and singer Clotaire K
26 October 2006
Ferhat Tunc meets Danish MP’s
Kurdish singer met leading parliamentarians and high level representatives from Amnesty, Pen and Danish Arts organizations in Copenhagen.
01 February 2006
Conference: Freedom of expression and music in the Middle East
Conference on Freedom of Expression in Music in Beirut on the 6-8th of October 2005. The first regional forum of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa.
25 November 2005
Senegal seminar 2005 video English
Didier Awadi, Myriam and Ajah on self-censorship, taboos, and the importance of constructive criticism. Video excerpts from Kristina Funkeson’s interviews with the artists during the seminar on Music and Freedom of expression in West-Africa, held in Senegal 2005.
09 May 2005
Jordan: Freemuse Round Table Meeting in Amman in April 2005
Freemuse hosts a roundtable meeting in Amman which brings together a group of artists and organizers from the cultural scene of the nearby region.
02 May 2005
Zimbabwe seminar: Censor meets musicians at meeting in April 2005
Supported by Freemuse, a seminar held in Harare in April 2005 dealt with the fear from musicians of the repressive political system in Zimbabwe…
02 May 2005
Freemuse conference in West Africa in April 2005
A regional conference on Censorship and West African Music was held at the Gorée Institute in Dakar, Senegal, on 9th and 10th of April, 2005.
26 April 2005
9/11: Freemuse conference abstract (WOMEX 2004)
Freedom of musical expression post 9/11: Read abstract from the Freemuse conference session at WOMEX 2004
19 October 2004
Meet the banned! Freemuse conference abstract (WOMEX 2004)
Read abstract from the Freemuse conference session at WOMEX 2004, featuring Ferhat Tunc
19 October 2004
Meet the banned! Freemuse conference abstract (WOMEX 2004)
Read abstract from the Freemuse conference session at WOMEX 2004, featuring Ferhat Tunc
19 October 2004
WOMEX 2004
This year Freemuse presented two conference sessions: “Meet the banned! Music censorship in Turkey” featured Turkish musician Ferhat Tunç, while “9/11 – The world’s all out of tune” presented a new book on freedom of musical expression after 9/11
19 October 2004
Spain: Freemuse honoured with the WOMEX Award 2003
See video excerpts from the WOMEX 2003 Award Ceremony and listen to the Freemuse conference sessions on cultural boycott and September 11
01 December 2003
Cultural Boycott – of any use? Freemuse Conference
The recent initiative to boycott Israel is controversial, so is the Arab initiative to boycott cultural events which include Israeli artists. Yet the cultural boycott on apartheid South Africa did have an effect. And what about Cuba? Listen to the panel discussion from WOMEX 2003.
30 November 2003
Post September 11- Freemuse conference
Listen to the Freemuse organized panel discussion from WOMEX 2003 on how September 11 has affected freedom of musical expression. Visa problems, threats, disrupted tours, changed play-lists, nationalistic concerts and withdrawal of covers are just a few results
30 November 2003
Womex 2003: Simon Broughton speaking about Freemuse
Read Simon Broughton’s speech about Freemuse during the award ceremony at WOMEX 2003.
30 November 2003
Roskilde Festival 2003, Damon Albarn on music censorship
Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Ty on self-censorship, corporate censorship, censorship in Africa, and music during wartime – video excerpts from the Freemuse organized press conference on freedom of musical expression, Roskilde Festival 2003
26 August 2003
China: Freemuse invites China to discuss music censorship
01 April 2003
2nd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship
Brief report, photos and video from the conference.
10 October 2002
South Africa: Freemuse workgroup established in South Africa
Full report from the Freemuse seminar on music censorship in Apartheid-South Africa.
24 September 2001