CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Monday 2 March, Tuesday 3 March

// THE HARSTAD CONFERENCE ON FREEDOM OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

 

Arrivals at Scandic Hotel Harstad, Strandgt. 9  from the afternoon


 

19:00    DINNER
              
Welcome to Harstad by the mayor of the City of Harstad, Marianne Bremnes
               Dinner & networking
               Scandic Hotel Harstad, Strandgt. 9 

 

Tuesday 3 March 
Venue: Harstad University College / Høgskolen i Harstad   
 

09:30   CONFERENCE OPENING
 

Venue: Harstad University College / Høgskolen i Harstad   
      

Host: Iren Reppen, Actress and Artistic Director of Peer Gynt


Performance by Abazar Hamid

Welcome by Tine Tangestuen, Chair, SafeMUSE

          

              OPENING

 Olemic Thommessen, President of the Storting/ Norwegian Parliament, Norway 
 

 

10:00  It’s not fair, it’s not fair…

- a conversation on the realities of persecution of musical artists world-wide
and the stories of “the voice of Tahrir” and a Sudanese peace singer.

Ole Reitov, Freemuse, Executive Director

Abazar Hamid, guest musician Harstad (Sudan), Norway

Ramy Essam, guest musician Malmö (Egypt), Sweden

 

10:45   Break

 

11:15   Music in Civil Resistance

Reem Abdul-Hadi, co-founder and Executive Director, Al-Mada Association for Arts- Based
Community Development, Palestine

 

11:45   Art and music as a vessel for change

A new Artist Initiative and the work of artists being a vital resource.

Martha Bloem, Assistant Director, Scholar Rescue Fund, Institute of International Education - IIE, New York

 

12:15    Lunch

 

13:15   National politics in a global environment

-  a conversation on the UN-report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights on the right to freedom
of artistic expression and creativity plus the new Norwegian White Paper on human rights

            Cecilie Willoch, Director, Section for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

            Marita Muukkonen, Curator, Perpetuum Mobile/ Nordic Fresh Air network

            Ole Reitov, Freemuse, Executive Director

            Reem Abdul-Hadi, co-founder and Executive Director, Al-Mada Association for Arts- Based Community Development, Palestine

            Moderator: Jan Lothe Eriksen, Project Manager, SafeMUSE

14:00   Break

 

14:15   Think globally – act locally

Obstacles and possibilities #1: The role of the door opener  

Thomas Wallgren, City Council, Helsinki

Ian Smith, Portfolio Manager Music & IP Development at Creative Scotland/ Chairman, European Music Council

 

Obstacles and possibilities #2: The role of the host  

Helge Lunde, Executive Director, ICORN - The International Cities of Refuge Network 

Fredrik Elg, Project Manager, Department of Culture, Malmö

Khaled Harara, guest musician, (Gaza) Gothenburg

 

Short break
 

  15: 45 Obstacles and possibilities #3: The role of the professional organisations

              Christine Thomassen, vice president, Norwegian Musicians’ Union, MFO

              Alfons Karabuda, Chair of SKAP, Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers & Authors
              and President of ECSA, European Composer and Songwriter Alliance

 

16:15   Plenum on the concrete way forward

My song is from the scaffolding, to reach the stars

Mi canto es de los andamios, para alcanzar las estrellas. (Victor Jara)
Moderator: Jan Lothe Eriksen, Project Manager, SafeMUSE

 

A prologue for the continuation

Performance: Lars Klevstrand

 

16:50    CONFERENCE CLOSING

 

 

19:00   CONCERT: MUSIC FREEDOM NIGHT 2015 Harstad Concert Hall