Laura Camacho Salgado

Laura Camacho Salgado (born in Colombia based in Oslo) is the international festival coordinator at Oslo World. She is co-creator of initiatives like Map the World and the Utopian Manifesto, a transnational action-oriented document (written by over 100 people) outlines actions, strategies, goals and even structural changes that need to be done to reach a cultural sector without discrimination, racism, and gender inequality.

Since 2016 she has curated the day-program of the festival around themes like: Forbidden Songs, Freedom, Utopia, among others. With the goal of underlining the importance of cultural institutions and artists in fighting for freedom of expression, freedom of speech and gender equality. Oslo World is one of Europe’s leading venue festivals, presenting a global outlook on today’s music scene, with a special focus on music from Africa, Latin-America, Asia and the Middle East. In 2022, the festival will run from November 1 – November 6. During the year, The Foundation Oslo World has different events, such as VårtNabolag (Our Neighbourhood), a festival arranged in refugee centers, the Children’s Art Exploration Day, which is arranged in multiple municipalities in Norway, among others.

She is also an independent researcher interested in body politics, migration studies and border aesthetics. A guest lecturer at the University of Oslo for the course ‘Borders, Bodies and Memories: Textual and Cultural Representation of Contemporary Migration in Europe’, her background is in literature, arts and cinema. Having studied at six universities in Colombia (Universidad de los Andes), the UK (University of St Andrews) France (Université Perpignan Via Domitia, Université Lyon 2) and Italy (the Universities of Bergamo and Genova), she has researched transnational representations of migrant bodies in different cultural narratives in Europe and Latin America.