Israeli Special Forces Raid on Jenin Freedom Theater

Special Forces of the Israeli Army attacked the Freedom Theater in Jenin Refugee Camp at approximately 3:30 Wednesday morning. Ahmad Nasser Matahen, a night guard and technician student at the theater woke up by heavy blocks of stone being hurled at the entrance of the theater. As he opened the door he found masked and heavily […]

Argentinian musician, Facundo Cabral, assassinated in Guatemala

El músico argentino murió en un ataque perpetrado por un grupo armado mientras se trasladaba a bordo de una camioneta por el bulevar Liberación, de la capital del país. 25 impactos de bala recibió su vehículo cuando se dirigía al Aeropuerto La Aurora, luego de una semana de presentaciones  El cantante argentino Facundo Cabral fue […]

Artists speak out on conditions in Belarus & Iran

Chronicler of Iran’s Green Movement, cartoonist Kianoush Ramezani speaks out on the hunger strike by political prisoners in Iran (see video), and Nikolai Khalezin, co-founder of Belarus Free Theater writes The Last Letter to Sasha, an open letter to President Aleksandr Lukashenko.

Ai Weiwei released; colleagues still detained

BEIJING — China said Thursday that dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who was released from jail a day earlier, remained under investigation and would be prohibited from leaving Beijing for at least the next year as a condition of his bail. “Ai Weiwei is still under investigation,” Hong Lei, the foreign ministry spokesman, told a regularly scheduled news […]

A training for supporting culture workers in distress

From July 15-20, freeDimensional is training 12 knowledge workers from around the world on our resource mapping methodology for supporting artists whose activist work puts them in danger.  If you know someone well-suited for this role, please share our Case Consultant Terms of Reference.  We will be hosted by the Breuninger Stiftung on their Wasan Island […]

Arts educator & eco-activist assassinated in Brazil

Maria do Espírito Santo and her husband, José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva fought against illegal loggers and had received death threats but were refused police protection. They were killed in an ambush near their home in Nova Ipixuna, in Pará state on May 23, 2011. In a speech at a TEDx event in Manaus, in November, Da Silva spoke […]

MEMORIAM: Juliano Mer-Khamis, inspiration and co-founder of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, murdered

The following account is taken from the website of The Freedom Theatre —  On the 4th of April 2011, at 16:00 outside the entrance to The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, a traitor’s hand shot and killed the Palestinian thinker Juliano Mer-Khamis whilst he was driving home with his baby son and babysitter. Juliano […]

CHINA – Ai Weiwei imprisoned

Some weeks ago, we broadcast news of well-known artist and activist, Ai Weiwei’s studio being demolished.  Fearing an uprising like those sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, the Chinese government Ray Ban outlet recently detained Ai Weiwei and now the government has virtually deleted him from the Chinese internet.  AccessNow is building up a petition […]

Sale of Emiko Kasahara’s limited print to benefit Japanese organization, Children without Borders

To gather support for children who lost their parents in the earthquake and tsunami, artist Emiko Kasahara is collaborating with Japanese NGO Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (Children without border ) by offering a print of “Maria & Eve –loop-” as a gift to people making donationas of $150 or more to the organization. Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK) […]

March 2nd Conference Call on Democracy Movements in Egypt, the Middle East & North Africa

The Arts & Democracy Project (with moderators Andrea Assaf and fD founder Todd Lester) invites you to join a nation-wide conference call discussing the role of arts and culture in the extraordinary people’s movements in Egypt and Libya and the protests for democracy sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East. Gain insights on Arab […]

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