Jan Lothe Eriksen | When Inequality Becomes Censorship
Music is one of the most visible and important channels of expression all over the world, so what are the consequences when only half of the population is able to use this channel? Jan Lothe Eriksen is the project manager of SafeMUSE, Safe Music Havens Initiative, an independent membership association with the main purpose of offering persecuted artists and artists at risk a safe place to stay and work with freedom of artistic expression.
Eriksen is also a former musician and cellist of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, vice president of the Norwegian Musicians' Union, administrative director of the Norwegian Traditional Music and Dance Association/ Norwegian Traditional Music Agency, and initiator and first director of Riksscenen, national venue for traditional music and dance. Jan initiated SafeMUSE together with the Norwegian Musicians' Union in 2011 in close cooperation with Freemuse. In the panel When Inequality Becomes Censorship, Eriksen will be discussing how the lack of equal opportunities in the music field can become a form of censorship in different cultures and countries all over of the world.
The debate is facilitated by Oslo World Music Festival, who devoted their whole festival to the topic of censorship in 2016.