Policy, Research & Politics

EBU expresses dismay at signing of new media bill in Poland

The European Broadcasting Union’s President and Director General have reacted strongly to the Polish president signing off the country’s new media bill on 7 January.


Turkey: Children’s play banned due to “inappropriate” song

A play that has been staged for children for the last 14 years was banned in the Çankaya District Directorate of Education of Turkey’s capital Ankara for having one song deemed “inappropriate”.


Egypt: Government cancels concert marking revolution anniversary

“Art is a form of expressing opinion, and it builds the democratic nations, not threatens their security. Canceling a concert for “Elawela Balady” band is an attempt to silence any Jan25 Revolution-related voice, and it comes in the framework of the escalating security obsession while approaching the revolution anniversary.


Open Space on Arts and Democracy

Open Space is a powerful, self-organising open meeting format that enables participants to create their own agenda in accordance with a specific theme.


Black Power et musiques noires

La musique est une tradition de la communauté noire que les Blancs surveillent depuis l’arrivée des premiers esclaves aux Etats-Unis, redoutant qu’elle ne les incite à la rébellion.

France Musique

The rights of artists, digital impact on creativity and trade flows of cultural goods debated at launch of RE|SHAPING Cultural Policies

Promoting social and human rights for artists, the impact of digital issues on creative industries and how to ensure a more balanced flow of cultural goods, such as art, films and books between countries as well as cultural services were the key issues debated by special guests at the launch of UNESCOs first global report on tracking the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.


Why I say 'yes' to positive action

There's no getting away from it – when it comes to diversity, classical music still lags behind many other sectors and art forms. So why are programmes that aim to empower women and minorities still treated with suspicion by many in the industry?

Sinfini Music

Can Music Be an Effective Weapon?

2015 Global Thinkers Sonita Alizadeh and Helly Luv discuss how they’ve both used music to fight — against the Islamic State and against the institution of marriage.

Foreign Policy

Five songs the Chinese censors don't want you to hear

For Chinese musicians, topics like flatulence, Taiwanese girls and suicide are out. Songs that respect so-called “social morality” are in. Or else.

Los Angeles Times

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