Rana Ahmed 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.

Rana lived in Saudi Arabia and being an atheist, she had to flee. When she was placed in a refuge in Cologne, she realized that many Islamist refugees could have persecuted her for apostasy. In other words, she understood that the religion from which she fled would continue to oppress her too far from her country of origin. She wasn’t safe. The president of the Central Council of former Muslims (ZdE), Mina Ahadi, helps her escape the threats and asks her to make her experience of her public. Her story gave impetus to a project that had long been discussed between former Muslims and the Giordano-Bruno-Stiftung, namely the creation of a relief organization for atheist refugees. Thus was born Atheist Refugee Relief.

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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