From the 7th to the 9th of June, Arty Farty's team organized a series of talks, conferences and workshops centered around the subject of shifting narratives on the European level. In the 3 days of European Lab, over 80 guest speakers exchanged and debated over themes like inclusivity, sustainability, gender and racial representativity, afropeanity and more.

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Moderation : Jean-Hugues Kabuiku

Speakers : Niks Delanancy, Aiko Okamoto, Akati Khasiani, Sarah Gamrani

Photo Credit : Laurie Diaz

In June 2020, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, a significant section of the music industry became aware of a major inequality within their scene : that of the under-representation of black artists.

Various initiatives aimed at giving those artists more of a voice were launched, such as Niks Delanancy’s Black Bandcamp – recently renamedthe Black Artist Database –, a platform designed to showcase these artists.

To this can be added the sexist discrimination experienced by many female artists and denounced by women in the sector, who are challenging the very foundations of the dominant musical discourse.

As a result, activists in different communities and from all walks of life are getting involved in initiatives to encourage the emergence of new voices on the scene. These figures are at the heart of the creation of new narratives.

We also took this opportunity to record interviews with Sarah Gamrani, creator of poetry book “Au-Delà du Club” (Beyond Club) – to read here – , and Steven Van Lummel, founder of The Hague’s PIP – to read here.

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