Since the Tunisian revolution in 2011 progressive youth movements have used creative means as a non-violent tool to push back the every day oppression from the security apparatus and the new Islamist regime.
On December 14-15 2013 the Tunisian activist radio Asso Chaabi and the Danish Non-profit organization Turning Tables organized the biggest hip hop and electronica event ever in the Middle East and North-Africa. The line-up for L’angar Festival was packed with young political conscious artists from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Morocco, Denmark and Algeria that was invited to spit fire and brimstone in the struggle for regional freedom of expression.
Due to interference from the Tunisian Ministries of Interior and Culture all artists from Syria, Lebanon and Palestine was denied visas last minute and the festival was one breath away from cancellation. L’Angar Festival took place despite obstructions from the authorities, the venue owners and start up errors from the organizers. The out come was far from the original blueprint but over two days festival showcased more than 20 Tunisian rappers and progressive acts from Palestinian Boikutt, Algerian Youss, Marrocan Moby Dick and Danish Den Sorte Skole.
The Struggle for freedom of expression continues…