SATURDAY / DAY 1
Event time: 1200 – 1700
Film screening: 1930 – 2130
Sesongkort - not valid
“Women artists and activists have always challenged oppression, injustice and discrimination. They have done this despite living within a patriarchal system that has always sought to keep them subordinate to men who fear the subversive power of women’s creativity. Today, repressive forces around the world, such as religious fundamentalists, authoritarian states and white supremacists, fear the power of art and creativity. They want women's silence. But women refuse to be silenced.”
- Deeyah Khan
Following the success of her World Woman Oslo event in 2015, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity Deeyah Khan Emmy and Peabody award-winning film director, returns to Riksscenen on the 28th and 29th April 2018 for a two-day Fuuse/live event featuring conversations and performances with women in the arts from around the world.
Fuuse/live — WOMEN IN THE ARTS will convene an international gathering of women in the arts including courageous, outspoken and dissident women artists and activists. Hosting the two-day event will be Farida Shaheed, former UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, and Executive Director of Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre in Pakistan.
Speakers from over 50 different countries will be attending this unique event in Oslo to tell their stories and share their experiences.
This event will play host to some of the most exhilarating and inspiring singers, poets and painters, writers and activists: women who are working to express their desire for a better world through their creative powers.
Leslee Udwin (speaker), BAFTA award-winning filmmaker and founder of ThinkEqual. In 2015 she was voted by the New York Times as the No.2 Most Impactful Woman after Hillary Clinton.
Maysaloun Hamoud (speaker), Palestinian film director. Her movie Bar Bahar (In Between), which explores the lives of three young women, won the Best Young Talent award at Cannes. Due to the taboo-breaking content of the film, she became the first Palestinian to be put under a ‘fatwa’ since 1948.
Shilo Shiv Suleman (speaker), Indian installation artist and illustrator. She has designed installations for some of the world's biggest festivals and conferences including Burning Man. She founded the ‘Fearless Collective’ to promote social change in India.
Zia Nath, (performer) Indian dancer and teacher of sacred dance techniques. She has practised the dances of Ancient Indian and Sufi Temples in India, China and the United Arab Emirates.
Gurpreet Bhatti (speaker), award-winning British Sikh playwright. Her play Behtzi won the Susan Smith Blackburn prize for best play written by a woman and has been translated and performed internationally.
Natalia Kaliada (speaker), founding Co-Artistic Director of the Belarus Free Theatre, writer, human rights campaigner and producer and who is one of the most outspoken critics of Belarus’s repressive regime.
Maya Youssef (speaker/performer), virtuoso Syrian qanun player. She started studying music from the age of seven and uses music as a healing tool to help Syrian refugee children.
Bishi, (speaker/performer), British-Asian singer, DJ and Sitar player. She has collaborated with The London Symphony Orchestra, The English National Opera and The Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
Sister Fa (performer), award-winning rapper from Senegal. She campaigns for women’s rights and the abolition of FGM (female genital mutilation) … with more to be announced.
DAY 1: Performances and on-stage conversations will explore the following themes:
How can the arts become more inclusive?
Do women face different challenges to men?
What are the greatest challenges to freedom of speech, and how can they be surmounted?
What effect does censorship have on women artists and the art they create?
What are the issues affecting minority women in the arts?
Evening film screening: 1930–2130
Film screening of “INDIA’S DAUGHTER” followed by Q&A with BAFTA award winning film maker Leslee Udwin.
“India’s Daughter” is the story of brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student on a Delhi bus in 2012. She later died from her injuries. The rape ignited protests by women in India and around the world. Inspired by the protests against sexual assault, BAFTA winning filmmaker Leslee Udwin, herself a survivor of rape, went to India. Udwin obtained exclusive interviews with the rapists, none of whom express remorse, as well as their defense attorney who states that ‘immodest’ women deserve what happens to them.
“India’s Daughter” pays tribute to a remarkable and inspiring young woman and explores the compelling human stories behind the incident and the political ramifications across India. The film lays bare how patriarchal values spawn such acts of violence in India – and beyond.
SUNDAY / DAY 2
Event time: 1200 –1700
Evening concert: 2030 – 2200
Sesongkort - not valid
DAY 2 performances and on-stage conversations will explore the following themes:
What are the intersections between art and activism?
How can art promote women’s rights and gender equality?
What are the greatest challenges facing women globally in an age of extremism and conflict?
How can we increase transnational solidarity between women’s movements?
How can women use the arts to change the world for the better?
Evening concert: 2030–2200
Ana Tijoux presents Roja y Negro
Ana Tijoux has established a standard not only for female rappers or for rap in Spanish, but for the genre of rap itself at a global level. Born in France, during her parents’ exile from the military dictatorship in Chile, Tijoux began her career in the late 90s working with the ground-breaking rap trio Makiza. Today she is a Grammy-winning solista (soloist), known for her smooth flow and political lyrics, becoming an icon for feminists, students, and leftists around the world.
Inspired by the Latin classics of their collective youth, from Chilean legends like Violeta Parra and Victor Jarra, to Chico Buarque and Simon Diaz Tijoux would jam with her long-time collaborators Raimundo Santander and Ramiro Duran on acoustic guitars. From this collaboration, an entirely new project was born: Roja y Negro: Canciones de Amor y Desamor. This switch from her former hip-hop sound has resonated with her fans in Chile over the last year. Their live performances are a mix of the classic Latin American songbook with a half-dozen originals, and it’s a chance to see a more intimate side of a great artist.