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Paradise Air: Longstay Residency Programme (Japan)

Paradise Air has held the Longstay Program under various themes and with different application requirements. The 10th edition of the program – under the theme ‘Puzzling Poly+Semy’ – is open to all people of all nationalities working in the arts field. The application will take place in two phases, with a shortlist of finalists invited to create a ‘video letter’ in early 2023 and final selected artists invited for a residency of 70-90 days in Matsudo, Japan.
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Unchained Vibes calls on the police to embrace dialogue with artists

The Executive Producer of Unchained Vibes Africa, Ayodele Ganiu, has called on the Nigerian Police Force not to enforce its new policy aimed at prosecuting movie and skit makers for using police uniform or portraying the police institution in movies and comedy skits without authorization. Speaking at the Youth and Policing Summit for southwest region hosted by the Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN) in Lagos from 31st October – 1st November 2022, Ayodele advised the Police to change their approach from coercing artists to embracing dialogue. He noted that skit makers and filmmakers have massive followers and can be strategic partners with the police in improving the relationship between the police and the people, especially the youth, if properly engaged.
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Celebrating Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

The management and staff of Unchained Vibes Africa congratulate our matriarchal Dame Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, OON on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) on Saturday 14th May 2022.  The award is a recognition of her exceptional talent and many years of positive and impressive contributions to the creative sector. We are excited to see her reap the fruits of her efforts and wish her many more lifetime achievements.   Congratulations!
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Freedom Vibes Poetry Concert Report

On April 30, 2022, at the end of the Democracy Vibes Summit organized by Unchained Vibes Africa, a special edition of Freedom Vibes Series was hosted – the Freedom Vibes Poetry Concert. The concert brought together leading Nigerian spoken word poets for a convergence with Afro-pop musicians to promote freedom of expression. It featured the best of performance poets in Nigeria including Dike Chuwumerije, Sage Hassan, RezThaPoet, Iquo Diana-Abasi and the invigorating spirit of the fast rising Victory Ashaka.
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The Democracy Vibes: a one-day summit on censorship and artistic freedom as well as Freedom Vibes 5.0, a poetry concert.

The summit is bringing together musicians, filmmakers, theatre practitioners, comedians, poets, cultural policy experts and other practitioners in the Nigerian creative sector as well as civil society organizations to facilitate meaningful dialogue with government officials on the need for policy reforms that will address issues and concerns around recent government actions and policies that may undermine creativity and threaten artistic freedom.
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Highlights of Freedom Vibes 3.0

We thank all participants for supporting the third edition of Freedom Vibes Series held on Saturday 29th January 2022. The turnout was very impressive and we look forward to an even more engaging experience in the next edition. For the benefit of those who were unable to attend physically or join us via the live streaming […]
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On 29th January 2022, at the Freedom Park in Lagos, members of the artistic community, returned for the third edition of the Freedom Vibes. The hybrid (physical and virtual) advocacy event series by Unchained Vibes Africa, featured conversations and performances that highlighted the state of artists’ freedom of expression with increased momentum in the advocacy for reforms in policies that hinder freedom of expression. The theme for the January edition was Public Morality Rules Vs Artistic Freedom with a particular focus on recent cases of censorship of Nollywood movies. Participants addressed the allegations of promoting immorality and glorifying crime in Nollywood movies, common excuses being used to justify censorship rules and policies that stifle freedom of expression.
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