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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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The Unveiling of Eedris Abdulkareem Colloquium

Thank you for honoring our invitation. On behalf of Unchained Vibes Africa (UVA) and our partners, I welcome you to this press conference. We’re unveiling the plan to host a Colloquium in honour of Nigeria's Hip-hop icon and Activist Eedris Abdulkareem. UVA, in partnership with Lakreem Entertainment, uses this medium to invite the general public to the Eedris Abdulkareem Colloquium, a special edition of Freedom Vibes, the sixth in a series of events geared towards promoting artists’ freedom of expression, and the use of music and artistic expressions for civic engagements.
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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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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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On December 18, 2021, Unchained Vibes hosted the second edition of the Freedom Vibes Series, its advocacy event where artists, creative sector stakeholders, cultural activists and members of the civil society converged at the Freedom Park in Lagos to amplify advocacy for freedom of assembly, using music, poetry and conversations to sensitize and mobilize the artistic community, and build public support for freedom of assembly in Nigeria.  The event featured Afrobeat musician and activist Seun Anikulapo Kuti, and Lagos lawyer and seasoned political activist Dele Farotimi, as keynote speakers
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Call for Entries | Freedom Vibes Contest

Unchained Vibes Africa is calling on emerging Nigerian artists to submit entries for the Freedom Vibes Contest. The aim of the contest is to create opportunities for emerging artists with interest in democracy to showcase their talents and access local and international opportunities to develop their careers. Benefits of participating Winner All-expense paid trip (including […]
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