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19 December 2016

  About The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra which is banned from performing in the countries from which most of its musicians come Directed by Paul SmacznyLanguage: English. 90 minutes Germany and Palestine. 2005 Read more…  

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Germany: Prosecutors drop investigation in Turkish president insult case

6 October 2016

Due to insufficient evidence, German prosecutors dropped an investigation into German comedian Jan Böhmermann who was accused of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in an “obscene” poem he recited on his satirical show on ZDF public television in March 2016, reported BBC on 4 October 2016. In a statement, the …

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Germany/Netherlands: Faroese metal band shows cancelled over whaling

29 September 2016

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, …

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Germany: Music festival attacked by suicide bomber

15 August 2016

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 …

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Germany: Turkey attempts to stop EU funding orchestra performance

2 May 2016

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 …

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Germany: Rock band sues government for "indexing" album

21 April 2016

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 …

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