Unspoken Censorship
How can artists and media counter it – and safely live to tell the tale?

  • event type: WOMEX 16 Conference Session
  • start date: 21 Oct 2016
  • time: 11:00 - 11:45
  • city/area: Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
  • venue:Conference Room 1, Level 0, Building 2, Cidade da Cultura
  • country: Spain
  • event submitted by: Piranha Arts

Chaired by Sonya Mazumdar (India), EarthSync
with Simon Broughton (UK), Songlines
Daniel Brown (Palestine/France), Freemuse/Songlines

The banning of music or specific songs for political reasons, is a clear form of censorship. But there are other forces at work - commercial, cultural, as well as political - that make voices silent. This session reflects on some of the less prominent but no less dangerous censorship environments worldwide - self-censorship, social correctness, public (mass) opinion, even the abuse of artistic freedom by some - that impact artistic expression and reportage.

The panel will interact with the audience in an open forum dialogue to help find ways of creating local and cross-border collectives to support and assist artists, culture professionals and arts media to remain free.



Sonya Mazumdar, courtesy of EarthsyncDaniel Brown, by Simon BroughtonSimon Broughton, by Kate Howells

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