Helena Velena is among the protagonists of the festival of censored arts, for freedom of expression and against anti-blasphemy laws. Art exhibitions, group shows, live performances, talks, screenings, stand-up comedies, on the theme of censorship for religious reasons and blasphemy.

She is an Italian transgender singer, record producer and activist. She is a writer and counterculture theorist. She has been active in the punk movement since the end of the seventies, she first founded RAF Punk and later Attack Punk Records, with which she published some of the fundamental groups of the Italian punk and hardcore scene, for example the first albums of CCCP Fedeli alla linea. Our deacyborg is the voice and performer of radiovelena.party and she wants a world where joy is the foundation of life. For Ceci n’est pas un blasphème she will play live and conduct a trashy-satirical charity auction show.

Anti-blasphemy laws in Italy and around the world are used to suppress political opponents and dissidents, to censor artists, journalists and free thinking.

The application of a law that should protect an unidentified “religious sentiment” is highly subjective, completely arbitrary. There are countries where even a woman’s song can be considered blasphemous. A reality that moves large sums of money and votes but which cannot be satirized or criticized, becomes untouchable: an unnameable god becomes truly omnipotent even on the political and social level. This is why Ceci n’est pas un blasphème , the festival of censored arts, was born .
The festival enjoys the moral patronage of the Department of Culture of Naples, but to maintain independence and thus guarantee the quality of the curatorship we do not have access to public funds: we are professionals but we work on it as a team of volunteers, we believe in it a lot, if you share the message give us a hand to make it happen: together we can do something great, for art, for poetry, for freedom of expression, against any form of religious abuse!

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