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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is cutting international cooperation

MIDDLE EAST: What significance does it have that the authorities have cut cultural support to a number of Norwegian actors working internationally? For example, Kirkelig Kulturverksted i Midtøsten?

A late hippie confessions

STREET NEWSPAPER: MODERN TIMES prints one of the essays in a new book about Gateavisa. Here is a reflection on how, in the postmodernist spirit, they had to reinvent themselves as an eighties magazine: In the editorial offices, everyone largely disagreed with everyone on everything from layout to US foreign policy. Here were purple undershirts, jackets from flea markets, scrolls and books about the eco-crisis.

Underground rock in Kabul

AFGHANIC METAL: The story of the emergence of the first Afghan metal band – and the subsequent fall under the weight of an ultra-conservative society.

Day and night in Ukraine: two brief discoveries

Two of the most distinctive and notable premieres in Rotterdam concerned Ukraine. One is played in very different environments, both pastoral, neutral and urban, while the other is conducted urban.

One woman, three passions 

Pianist, writer and animal lover Hélène Grimaud is one of those who puts many of us in the shade. In their own words, an inhuman. The 10. March she plays in Oslo. 

Gaza: If music could muffle the sound of war

"An orchestra today, a state tomorrow," said literary historian and musician Edward Said as he founded the Music Conservatory in Jerusalem. Could there be truth in the slogan?

Rock as propaganda

The Slovenian band Laibach can be read as an ironic commentary on rock's relationship with fascism. However, it is questioned whether the audience reflected on just that when the band held North Korea's very first rock concert. 

The drop that hollows the stone

Laibach is a highly relevant player in Morten Traavik's North Korean project.