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.