More than 40 artists and speakers from all over the world came, spoke, performed, listened and shared experiences with colleagues and an audience from more than 20 countries thus making ‘All that is banned is desired’ the melting pot we had hoped it would become.
Around 300 people attended. They came from artists’ organisations, human rights organisations, universities, development organisations, media, cultural organisations, museums and funding agencies.
Some people expressed that ‘All that is banned is desired’ was the “best ever they had attended,” blending artistic performances and testimonies.
But it doesn’t stop with the conference.
This website will continue to publish stories about violations on freedom of artistic expression. And for those of you, who wish to go a bit ‘deeper’, do read the features, which have been especially produced for the conference website.
We will also feature video recordings of the conference sessions and video interviews with the speakers. You’ll see a few examples below.
And finally we will continue our efforts of strengthening international collaborations for documentation, advocacy and analysis of mechanisms and effects of censorship and persecution of artists.
New global network
Freemuse is an initiating partner of the new global network for the advocacy and protection of artistic freedom www.artsfex.org.
Leading national, regional and international freedom of expression and artists’ organisations met the day after the conference and discussed how this initiative can move forward.
One of the visions of artsfex is to hold governments accountable to their obligations under the relevant international conventions and national laws.
You can support these initiatives by reporting to Freemuse and our partners about violations and speak up in whatever forum you participate in.
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Ole Reitov, Freemuse
Examples of media coverage
World Music Network – 27 November 2012:
‘All That Is Banned Is Desired’: The World Conference On Artistic Freedom
FreeDimensional – 27 November 2012:
Dispatch: Mazen Maarouf on ‘All that is banned is desired’
When art turns into a reflexive power, to get banned!