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Policy, Research & Politics

Why can't we separate music from politics?

Koreans are depriving themselves of the music of one of the most prolific classical composers ever to emerge from Korea — Isang Yun (1917-1995), the tragic musician whose legacy is overshadowed by political misfortunes of the 1960s.

Korea Times

Music and the Politics of Resistance

Were it not for music and the arts, everyday life would be consumed with labor, legal proceedings, payment deadlines, and medical procedures.

Huffington Post

Senegal: Didier Awadi speaks about self-censorship

You can criticise presidents but not religious leaders, says Didier Awadi, one of Africa's leading artists.


What Is Classical Music's Women Problem?

Close your eyes, and you may think that this is 1913. In the past few days, the classical music community has been set aflame by recent comments from three prominent male conductors who are — steel yourself — actually saying that women are not capable of standing on the podium.


Women, Gays, and Classical Music

Classical musicians generally shy away from making political statements. Leonard Bernstein and radical chic notwithstanding, they tend to cling to the illusion of an art that floats above politics, formally pure and spiritually aloof.

The New Yorker

Zimbabwe: Reflections of a Banned Musician - Leonard Zhakata

Leonard Zhakata has been a household name in the Zimbabwean music scene for over 20 years.

All Africa

Berlin Philharmonic leads mass orchestra strike

Orchestral musicians around Germany are replacing their instruments with picket signs in a nationwide walkout.


Freemuse joins presentation on artistic freedom at EU Parliament

The report will be presented by its author, Mme Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, who was assisted in her work by Freemuse Interim Director Ole Reitov.


Culture 21 at the World Summit of UCLG

Agenda 21, the voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development will be present at UCLG World Conference in Rabat.

Culture 21

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