History has shown how art and culture have an important role in society, and can function as a protest, and not least as a unifying movement. This marked Melahuset Friday 11 September, among other things with appeals and concert performances with the activist and singer Moddi, rapper Fela and singer Katia Cardenal. The event was the first in a new venture Melahuset called "Culture and Resistance."
- Using culture to express one's resistance is both, and has been, crucial for us humans throughout history and has helped us to navigate through the insane challenges we have faced. When one's familiar and familiar surroundings are on fire, it is precisely the culture that gives us the courage to meet ever new perceptions of reality, and to help us make the way forward a little clearer , says Melahuset's director Khalid Salimi.
See the event here: Culture and resistance on Melahuset
Opposition to the military coup in Chile
The background to the event was the bloody military coup in Chile on September 11, 1973, in which Army Chief of Staff Augusto Pinochet and his military junta came to power. Thousands of political opponents, including singer Victor Jara, were imprisoned, tortured and killed. Melahuset wanted to mark the opposition to this coup with concerts by the political singer Moddi, the rapper Fela, the singer Katia Cardenal and the newcomer Isingit. There were also appeals by Hernan Rojas about political prisoners and Camila Escobar Sepulveda will tell a little about the current situation in Chile.
Chilean folk singer Victor Jara has stood as a symbol of artists' resistance to violence and oppression.
- Resistance through culture is non-violent and is not based on theological justifications. For Melahuset It is important to focus on how culture can function as a compass for us humans and how culture helps to define us humans and the society around us.