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Music and activism: If society doesn’t change, music will change society. Vol. 1

Oslo World will take part in Norway's largest arena for arts and culture policy at Kulturytring in Drammen in June.

This seminar will delve into important themes such as the role of art in activism, the power of young people in shaping the future, and the importance of amplifying diverse voices in both a global and Norwegian context. This is an opportunity to hear from some of the most exciting artists and activists of our time.

The panel features three remarkable artists and activists: Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen, Amanda Delara and Cliff Moustache.

It is moderated by Alexandra Archetti Stølen, the festival director of Oslo World.

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Alexandra Archetti Stølen. Photo: Lars Opstad

These are just some of the topics that will be addressed during the talks:

The power of storytelling. The importance of preserving and promoting unheard cultures through music and art. How can art be used as a platform for activism and social change? Do we lack icons of change in Norwegian society? Is Norway making us too comfortable, that we don’t dare to be activists? Is self-censorship or consensus culture an obstacle for changemaking?


Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen Photo: Sarah Angelica Spilling

Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen, a Sami musician and environmental activist from Tana, Norway. She gained recognition after winning the Sámi Grand Prix in 2016 and Liet International in 2017, and later founded the electronic-joik band ISÁK. Isaksen's work is a testament to the power of art in advocating for environmental causes and amplifying underrepresented voices.

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Cliff Moustache

Cliff Moustache, a Seychellois-Norwegian film director, actor, and playwright, brings a wealth of experience to the discussion. As an artist with a global perspective, Moustache's work explores the intersections of identity, culture, and politics. He is also the artist director of Nordic Black Theatre, who has recruited generations of new and young voices to Norwegian performing arts.

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Amanda Delara Photo: Calle Huth

Amanda Delara, Iranian-Norwegian artist and activist, burst onto the music scene in 2016 with her debut single "Paper Paper," which quickly gained millions of streams on Spotify. Her single, "New Generation," speaks to the sociopolitical power of young people and their ability to create a better future. Delara has also been an important voice the past year, fighting for democracy and freedom in Iran.

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