Panel Talk: Create or Decrease?How can art defy shrinking freedom?

Freedom of expression is increasingly attacked and restricted in many countries of the world. Censorship and self-censorship within the arts are also growing in way too many countries. The ongoing pandemic has put even more pressure on artists, as the focus has moved elsewhere.
The organization Freemuse notes yet again a clear increase in those who want to silence others: not only governments and authorities, but also more and more religious institutions and organizations. In a conversation with Swedish and foreign artists and stakeholders we highlight the decreasing space of bold performing arts, that challenge power and norms.Can art be used as resistance? Can art break down walls? Can art pave the way forward? Learn how our peers around the world deal with censorship, self-censorship and threats.

Nedjma Chaouche
Freelance journalist and facilitator 

Nasim Aghili
Director and playwright

Louise Frisk
Secretary General Clowns without Borders Sweden

Astrid Menasanch Tobieson
Actor and director

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