• Germany: Foreign ministry cancels controversial concert at consulate in Istanbul

    Germany’s foreign ministry cancelled a 13 November 2016 Dresden Symphony Orchestra performance of ‘Aghet’, commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, scheduled to take place at the German consulate in Istanbul, reported Deutsche Welle on 25 October 2016. The ministry said in a short message that “the whole consulate in Istanbul is not available […]
  • Germany/Netherlands: Faroese metal band shows cancelled over whaling

    Viking heavy metal band, Týr, from the Faroe Islands, have had at least six concerts of their 17-date November European tour supporting Norwegian metal band Sirenia cancelled over lead singer Heri Joensen’s participation in the Faroese practice of whaling. According to heavy metal news site MetalTalk.net on 30 August 2016, venue owners of club Logo […]
  • Germany: Music festival attacked by suicide bomber

    A 27-year-old Syrian asylum seeker blew himself up outside an open air music festival in the southern German town of Ansbach on 24 July 2016 after security guards turned him away for not having a ticket, reported The Guardian on 25 July 2016. The incident happened on the final evening of the three-day Ansbach Open […]
  • Germany: Turkey attempts to stop EU funding orchestra performance

    Markus Rindt, the director of the Dresden Symphony, has claimed that Turkey has demanded the European Commission (EC) pull its 200,000 Euros funding from the ‘Aghet’ art project, in which his orchestra will perform a piece on 30 April 2016 marking the 101-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, reported The Independent on 25 April 2016. […]
  • Germany: Rock band sues government for “indexing” album

    Hard rock band Rammstein is suing the German government for 66,000 Euros (approx. $75,000 USD) in damages for essentially banning their 2009 album ‘Liebe ist für alle da’ upon its release, when they placed it on a restricted list that limited its potential success, reported Deutsche Welle on 5 April 2016. The band claims they […]
  • Germany/Russia: Was Hitler listening to ‘forbidden’ music?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany/Russia:Was Hitler listening to ‘forbidden’ music? The newspaper International Herald Tribune reports that a record collection possibly belonging to Adolf Hitler has been found in Russia. The nearly 100 records were stored in the attic of a former Soviet intelligence agent who recently died. The agent left a note behind him, saying that […]
  • Germany: Exhibition about East Europe’s censored rock music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany:Exhibition about East Europe’s censored rock music On 7 October 2007 the KLIPZENSORED exhibition opened in Berlin. It presents music clips and music-based video art that for various reasons weren’t shown or played in the former European East Bloc countries such as East Germany and Hungary. Many of the presented works in the exhibition are […]
  • Belarus: German band declared ‘a public enemy’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: German band declared ‘a public enemy’ A governmental Council for Morality in Belarus has declared the German hard rock band Rammstein a threat to the state. They questioned an upcoming concert in Minsk, saying letting it go on would be a ‘costly mistake’ for the country. Belarus’ Council for Morality stated that […]
  • Germany: Norwegian band censored by German publisher

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany: Norwegian band censored by German publisher When the Norwegian band Honningbarna wanted to release their debut album in Germany they were told by their publisher to leave the song ‘Free Palestine’ out. German fans of Honningbarna will have one song less than the Norwegian fans when the album ‘La alarmane g SourceBallade.no […]
  • Germany: 11 Jamaican ‘hate music’ albums blacklisted

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany:11 Jamaican ‘hate music’ albums blacklisted An official authority has blacklisted 11 dancehall albums in the period between 2008 and January 2010 due to violent and homophobic content, reported Steven Jackson of Jamiaca Observer. The artists whose work has been blacklisted in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, include Sizzla, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, Capleton, […]
  • Germany: Expelled from teachers collage for playing death metal

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany: Expelled from teachers collage for playing death metal Thomas Gurrath is a member of the Stuttgart-based death metal band Debauchery. Until 28 March 2010 he was training to become a grammar school teacher in the German state Baden-Württemberg. But when his supervisors found out about his musical activities with Debauchery, he was […]
  • Denmark/Sweden/Germany: In court for selling Nazi music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark/Sweden/Germany:In court for selling Nazi music to Germany Two men were arrested in Denmark on 27 August 2008 for allegedly financing, commissioning and distributing recordings that have been deemed illegal because of their extremist content. The Danish Ministry of Justice said that one of the men is German and one is Danish. SourcesDW-world.de – […]
  • Germany: Network to study law, culture and censorship

    NEWS 26 August 2009 Germany: Network to study law, culture and censorship Universities are increasingly taking an interest in issues of freedom of expression for artists. In August 2009, an international graduate network in the interdisciplinary study of law and culture was launched in Germany On 11 August 2009, Freemuse was invited to share a […]
  • Germany/Denmark: Controversy around erotic drawing on vinyl cover

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany / Denmark: Controversy around erotic drawing on LP cover The Danish psychedelic garage rock band Baby Woodrose recently experienced trouble in connection with the re-issuing of Blows Your Mind, their debut album originally released in 2001. The LP cover consists of artwork by Malleus – a drawing picturing a naked woman lying in […]
  • Germany: Kurdish concerts banned by authorities in Berlin

    NEWS 05 January 2011 Germany: Kurdish concerts banned by authorities in Berlin In Berlin, a concert with the Kurdish artists Hozan Aydın and Şerîbana Kurdî, scheduled to take place on 19 December 2010, was prohibited in court because it was found to be celebrating the foundation of the banned militant Kurdish organisation PKK. The artists, […]
  • Turkey/Germany: Panel debate about Turkish censorship

    NEWS 08 April 2008 Turkey / Germany:Panel debate about Turkish censorship Protest singer Ferhat Tunç performed with his Kurdish songs and discussed music censorship in Berlin, Germany On 4 April 2008, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung organised a panel discussion with the title ‘Freedom of words – Art of Freedom’ (‘Freiheit des Wortes – Kunst der Freiheit / […]
  • Germany: New archive of music which the Nazis silenced

    NEWS 29 February 2008 Germany: New archive of music which the Nazis silenced Centre for Ostracised Music aims to recover and revive the forbidden musical voices from the Nazi regime in Germany 70 years ago. Currently it holds 400 works of 50 ostracised composers, reports Deutche Welle. The centre, Zentrum für Verfemte Musik, is based […]
  • Denmark: Censorship on music during the German occupation

    SPEECHES 01 January 2001 Denmark: Censorship on music during the German occupation Speech by Mr. Hans Skaarup, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 Imagine a young person in a music quiz in the radio or on TV. The question is: “Has the German composer Mendelssohn ever been prohibited in The Danish National Radio?”. […]
  • 1900-1949

    EUROPE, RUSSIA     1900 – 1949 1924. Turkey. Kurdish music and Whirling DervishesDespite the 1924 constitution’s claim that “in Turkey, from the point of view of citizenship, everyone is a Turk without regard to race or religion”, an official decree in March 1924 banned all Kurdish folklore and gramophone recordings of Kurdish music were destroyed. Turkey […]
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