Policy, Research & Politics

Brazzaville, Zahlé, Kraków and Fabriano Designated Unesco Creative Cities

Brazzaville, designated "City of Music", is the first African member of the Creative Cities Network, which was launched by UNESCO in 2004 to develop international cooperation among cities that have recognized creativity as a driver for sustainable development.

All Africa

For the Explicit Inclusion of Culture in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Some of the main international cultural platforms, have prepared the document "Culture as a Goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda", in order to support the inclusion of a Goal explicitly focused on culture in the new Development Agenda currently being prepared by the United Nations.

InterArts

Tunisia: Rappers 'form trade union'

Rappers in Tunisia have formed a union in the face of a crackdown on using lyrics that criticise the authorities, it's reported.

BBC

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.

Freemuse

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.

NPR

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


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