What is the role of arts and culture when peace processes fail? Welcome to a collective listening event at the launch of Transit Radio.
In nations defined by ideas of citizenship, the migrant is understood as an exception from norm with an experience characterized by a loss of belonging. However, crossing borders can also give you an influence. In a new place you can voice your opinion in a context that was previously outside of your reach. Transit Radio is a podcast radio station broadcasting music and stories by refugees.
On the 10th of September the broadcast of our very first podcast will be launched in a collective listening event at Holmenkollen Park Hotel. Nearest tube station: Holmenkollen.
This conversation is about the role of art and culture when politics fail. Palestinian hip hop artist Khaled Harara had to flee Gaza, and now lives in Gothenburg with the help of International Cities of Refuge Network for persecuted writers. Here, he talks to the Afghan playwright, director and theatre activist Monirah Hashemi, and you get to know the group of young refugees they have been working with in Karlstad, Sweden.
Holmenkollen Park Hotel has been a venue for several Norwegian peace efforts, including the Oslo channel that resulted in the peace treaty between Israel and Palestine known as the Oslo agreement.
Through Transit Radio you will get to know asylum seekers from reception centres around Norway in 10 episodes.
The station is a project run by Transnational Arts Production (TrAP) in collaboration with Khaled Harara, Abazar Hamid and Sheldon George Blackman. It is edited by Peter Daatland at Frekvens. Associated partner is Jan Lothe Eriksen at safeMUSE.
The project is supported by: Public Art Norway, Arts Council Norway, Oslo Municipality, Akershus County Council.
See website for more information: www.trap.no
Photo: João Doria / TrAP