2016-05-08 04:30Press release

Today May 8: Eurovision Village in Kungsträdgården


Openness, acceptance and equality are core values in Stockholm. Today’s main event in Eurovision Village is about the freedom of speech through music, an arrangement from Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and the City of Stockholm’s Department for Human Rights and Democracy.


Stora scenen

17:00–19:00 Concert: Songs of Freedom

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and the Stockholm Department for Human Rights and Democracy arrange this concert with artists who through the power of music fight for a better world.

On stage:

  • Ramy Essam from Egypt, whose music has become a soundtrack for a generation of young Egyptians and their fight for a better future.
  • Maxida Märak from Sapmi sisters works passionately for the equal rights for the Sami people and combines beats, rap and jojk in a mix completely unique to her.
  • Adam Tensta is one of the biggest Swedish hip hop artists and has gotten a lot of attention for his commitment to equality and fight against racism.
  • Systraskap creates timeless and rebellious electro.

During the concert Freemuse gives out their annual award to a musician that has fought censorship. Freemuse is a non-profit organization that monitors different kinds of censorships affecting artists all over the world.


12:00–14:55 Concert with Kulturskolan Stockholm (Stockholm School of the Arts)

There will be lots of music; pop, rock, jazz, big band and funk, when students from Europe’s largest school of the arts, Kulturskolan Stockolm, enter the stage. Come listen to a fun, fast-paced and charming show!

15:45–16:45 Talk: Music – a human right?

Around the world, artists, musicians and authors are living under threat and persecution because of their art. Sweden is one of the countries in the world that is most generous and open towards refugees fleeing persecution because of their artwork. Networks, municipalities and the government are deeply committed to this issue.
Why and how are artists being censored? Why are foreign artists given refuge in Sweden?
Welcome to an important discussion, moderated by music journalist Ametist Azordegan.


  • Lavon Volski, Belorussian musician
  • Sissela Nordling Blanco, chairman for the Stockholm Counsel for Human Rights and Democracy
  • Ole Reitov, Freemuse
  • Kerstin Brunnberg, journalist
  • Fredrik Elg, Fristad Malmö
  • Alfons Karabuda, chairman of the board at SKAP

The discussion is arranged by Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and the Stockholm
Department for Human Rights and Democracy.


The event will kick-off with "New Swedish Fika" on Sunday 8th of May 15-17. The city will offer pastries from selected parts of the world in the following locations:

  • Farsta Gård, Farsta
  • Kista Träff, Kista
  • Nya Rågsveds Folkets Hus, Rågsved
  • Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Skärholmen
  • Medborgarhuset Trappan, Vällingby

För mer information kontakta

Ann-Charlotte Jönsson, Head of Press Eurovision Song Contest, tel: 08-508 28 550, esc_press@Stockholm.se

The entire programme www.stockholm.se/eurovision

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