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Policy, Research & Politics

UN Reviews Role of Culture in Development Agenda

On 12 June, at the United Nations in New York, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon, made some important statements about the role of culture in development.


Bono can't help Africans by stealing their voice

It was bad enough in 2005. Then, at the G8 summit in Scotland, Bono and Bob Geldof heaped praise on Tony Blair and George Bush, who were still mired in the butchery they had initiated in Iraq.

The Guardian

Shake, Rattle And Rally: Code Songs Spurred Activism In Birmingham

In 1963, civil rights activists wanted to recruit more of the city's young people to the cause. The way to their hearts was often through DJs and music.


Vem Pra Rua: The Music Of Brazilian Protest

A Brazilian colleague once told me a wry joke: "We are forever the country of the future."


Syria war forces music festival from Lebanon's Roman ruins

Lebanon's annual Baalbek music festival has been forced to move from its usual venue among Roman ruins in the Bekaa Valley because of rocket fire and a spillover of fighting from Syria, organizers said on Thursday.


Montreux Jazz enters Unesco’s Memory of the World

The Montreux Jazz Festival's audiovisual collection, 5,000 recorded hours, will become part of Unesco's international Memory of the World Register, the documentary equivalent of its World Heritage sites, the MJF Foundation said it has just learned, late Wednesday 19 June.

Geneva Lunch

Talking creative music therapy: Nordoff-Robbins

With the Golden Stave Lunch Day occurring this Friday, we figured we'd talk to Iani Sujono, Operations Manager at Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia Limited, about creative music therapy.

The Music Network

China: Two Tibetan singers sentenced to two years in prison

Two Tibetan singers, Pema Trinley, 22, and Chakdor, 32, who were detained in 2012 for releasing a music album titled 'Agony of Unhealed Wounds' are reported by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy to have been secretly sentenced to two years in prison.


Music in Istanbul Is Intermission for a Protest

After days of being the target of tear gas and police water cannons, protesters in Gezi Park, in Taksim Square here, were tense on Wednesday night, girded for conflict. Instead they got a piano performance.

The New York Times

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