How to Support an Artistic Activist?


How to Support an Artistic Activist?

ADE Green - Alina Minkova, Louise Lindén

What happens when activism and artistic expression come together? What is artistic activism and which forms can it take? What can we achieve through artistic activism and how can artists, activists, festivals and brands work together?

In this session, Alina Minkova and Louise Lindén from LiveGreen (Sweden) will share two stories of artistic activism that take place in two different realities — one in democratic Sweden and the other in authoritarian Russia.

Alina Minkova was born in Russia and has been working and living in Sweden for 7 years. With her Russian roots and the Swedish life she built, she experiences the world from multiple perspectives and feels deeply that artistic activism is one of the last resorts in expressing ideas and opinions in an authoritarian country. She will share her personal experience to support people living in war-torn countries, human rights crises and ecological challenges. And for those who are ready to support people in authoritarian countries, she will give you recommendations to safeguard the security of the supporter and the activist.

Louise Linden from Sweden founded LiveGreen when she was 18 years old: a youth-led festival for climate action. The organisation has been a pioneer since 2011 – both in terms of sustainable festival production as well as bringing about change through music. Now she collaborates with activists from Fridays For Future (the movement that was started by Greta Thunberg) in Sweden to organise Climate Live concerts, aimed at using the power of music to unite and mobilise people, and pressure the status quo to take action. The first concert, taking place in October 2021 in Stockholm, was attended by 12.000 people and 250.000 online; and Climate Live continues to take over stages – both big and small – with the goal to keep the topic of climate justice high on the agenda and give young activists a new platform to create change.

This program is part of ADE Green. For the full ADE Green program, please check here.

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