Policy, Research & Politics

Cuba: Rapper arrested over COVID-19 video

Police claimed that the artist was broadcasting images that are illegal under Decree 370 and accused the artist of “contempt” and contributing to the “spread of epidemics”.


Banlieue is the new cool

Depuis les années 2010, les musiques électroniques ont le vent en poupe à Paris. Au début de la décennie, un ensemble d’acteur⋅ices institutionnel⋅les, publiques et privées, se sont en effet accordées autour de la mise en place de politiques de la nuit.

Jef Klak

La cultura no sobrevive solamente con aplausos

La democratización es deber de la cultura pero el trabajo de los artistas merece un pago justo.

El Tiempo

Filmmaker Shady Habash suffered an injust death

My dear friend, colleague and brother, filmmaker Shady Habash died on the 2nd of May in Tora prison, Cairo, at the age of 24. He was arrested almost 800 days ago, after the release of my song Balaha causing controversy in February 2018.

Ramy Essam

How North Korea's ideology is built on song and dance

"So dear to all our hearts is our General's glorious name; our own beloved Kim Il Sung of undying fame," go the lyrics to one of North Korea's best-known songs, "Song of General Kim Il Sung," which honors the country's founding ruler and eternal president.


Human rights in the times of the coronavirus pandemic

The European Union recognises that the role of civil society and human rights defenders is more important than ever to encourage solidarity, support those who are most in need, and defend human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic space, and to promote accountability.

European Council

WIPO's Beijing Treaty Enters into Force: Begins Helping Actors and other Performers

The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances has officially entered into force and can from today begin improving earning conditions for actors and other audiovisual performers – a development with added importance amid the negative impact on cultural production by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Raptivisme : en Amérique latine, le rap vecteur des combats féministes

L’actuelle révolution féministe en marche dans les pays latino-américains et en Espagne met en avant l’idée de visibiliser par des performances les revendications des femmes à disposer librement de son corps, et d’engager ce dernier, y compris la voix, dans ces combats.

The Conversation

More than 130 Ministers call for support to culture sector in COVID-19 crisis response

Over 130 Ministers and Vice-Ministers of Culture joined the online meeting convened by UNESCO to discuss actions to bolster the cultural sector, which is facing unprecedented upheaval due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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