• Poland: Artists boycott festival over alleged blacklist

    The National Festival of Polish Song, traditionally held annually since its establishment in 1963 in the south western city of Opole, was cancelled after controversy ensued over an alleged artist blacklist by organiser and sponsor Polish Television (TVP) that led to a boycott of more than 20 artists, reported Radio Poland and Financial Times in […]
  • Poland: Ukrainian band stopped at border due to local threats

    Polish authorities did not let Ukrainian band Ot Vinta cross the border into Poland as local hard-core football fans known as Ultras threatened to stage mass riots and burn down the stage the band was set to perform on if they were let into the country. The band was scheduled to play in a festival […]
  • Poland: ‘Censorship was overwhelming’

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Poland: ‘Censorship was overwhelming’ Article about the radical rock counter-culture in communist Poland, written by Szymon Urbański, himself a punk-rocker of the 1980’s. “Censorship was overwhelming,” writes Szymon Urbański: “You simply could not hear those bands on the radio. Tapes recorded live at Jarocin and other festivals circulated in the underground. Some lucky […]
  • Poland: Death metal band leader charged for offending religious feelings

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Poland: Death metal band leader charged for offending religious feelings Vocalist and guitarist Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski of the Polish heavy metal band Behemoth was formally charged on 8 March 2010 for insulting Roman Catholics. If found guilty, Darski faces up to two years in prison. Adam Darski made headlines in Poland in September […]
  • Poland: Religious groups protest against Madonna-concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Poland: Religious groups protest against Madonna-concert 15 August 2009 the American superstar Madonna is to perform in Warsaw. But this day is also a Catholic holiday of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary, and the concert has upset conservative religious groups in the Polish capital. They raise protests against her concert, saying […]
  • Poland: Anti-sect organisation blacklists metal and rock bands

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Poland:Anti-sect organisation blacklists metal and rock bands In July an anti-sect organisation will distribute a list of artists with a “dangerous message” to the Polish authorities. It will likely result in the artists getting banned from performing in Poland. According to Poland’s Metro newspaper, the ‘All-Polish Committee for Defence against Sects’ has put together a list […]
  • Belarus election: Blacklisted bands play in Poland

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus election: Blacklisted bands play in Poland On 12 March, 2006, Warsawians experienced a four-hour concert with well-known Belarusian musicians whose creative works are banned in BelarusBy Maya Medich It is election week in Belarus and the streets are filled with campaign posters supporting the democratic opposition to president Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s rule. Not in Belarus, […]
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