Unspoken Censorship

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

Sonya Mazumdar, courtesy of Earthsync
Daniel Brown, by Simon Broughton
Simon Broughton, by Kate Howells
  • event type:WOMEX 16 Conference Session
  • 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.