Music and culture
The Music and Culture Section of IR Insider publishes breaking news reports and analysis regarding developments relating to culture, the arts, and entertainment and their broader social, political, and economic implications. Topics covered in the Music and Culture Section may include international film festivals, music releases, museum exhibitions, theatre productions, and beyond. Our section editor is Sonia Hossain.
On Wednesday, English Heritage announced that a piece of Stonehenge was returned to the UK after being missing for over 60 years.
A stage adaptation of Dreamworks’ animated film The Prince of Egypt (1998) is premiering at London’s West End in February 2020, reports Playbill.
Last Wednesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that South African track and field athlete Caster Semenya must reduce her naturally high testosterone levels in order to compete in women’s events.
Twenty British filmmakers and screenwriters called for cinemas in the United Kingdom to boycott Seret, an Israeli film festival, in an open letter published by The Guardian on Thursday. Supporters include Leila Sansour, Prahitbha Parmar, Ken Loach, and Mike Leigh.
FIFA has publicly declared support for a social media boycott by professional soccer players in England as part of a campaign protesting racist abuse and discrimination in the sport.
Disney+, Disney’s new streaming service, will launch domestically on Nov. 12. Content will include original series such as High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, original films such as Stargirl, and recent releases such as Captain Marvel.
Last Tuesday, Airbnb reversed their decision to remove listings of properties in Israeli settlements located in the West Bank.
Jewish hard rock band Rammstein has found itself under fire over the music video for their first new single in almost a decade “Deutschland.” Jewish organizations and the Israeli government are bothered by a portion of the video in which group members are dressed as concentration camp inmates on an execution gallows.
Last Thursday, the government of Quebec proposed a bill that would restrict all public employees from wearing religious symbols in the workplace.
Streaming/online video service subscriptions outnumbered cable subscriptions for the first time ever in 2018, according to the Motion Picture Association of America in its annual report, which was released Thursday.
Malaysian government officials have recently condemned the support for LGBT+ groups among demonstrators partaking in an International Women’s Day march in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday, March 9.
Several radio stations across the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have ceased playing Michael Jackson’s music amid the release of Leaving Neverland. In the new documentary, Wade Robson and James Safechuck detail the alleged sexual abuse they endured at the hands of Jackson.
The Kumbh Mela, a Hindu pilgrimage occurring once every three years, now stands as the largest recorded gathering of individuals in human history with over 150 million individuals attending over the course of 49 days.
Spanish actor Javier Bardem rebuked calls for a southern border wall at the 91st annual Academy Awards last Sunday. “There are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity and talent,” remarked Bardem in his native language of Spanish.
Woody Allen is working on a new movie in Spain while being caught up in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Amazon.
Chinese actor Zhai Tianlin, popular across different national TV series such as “White Deer Plain” and “The Advisors Alliance”, has been called out on China’s biggest social platform Weibo for alleged academic dishonesty.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that it has reversed its plan to present four Oscars during commercial break.
Netflix is producing original films in German for the first time with the help of German television and film companies UFA, ZDF, and X Filme.
The largest museum dedicated to African civilizations opened in Dakar, Senegal in late December. The idea of creating the Museum of Black Civilizations, known in French as the Musee des Civilisations Noire, was inspired by the vision of the first President of Senegal, Léopold Sédar Senghor, fifty-two years prior.
Three pedestrian traffic lights resembling Elvis Presley have been installed in Elvis Presley Square in Friedberg, Germany.
Reggae music, a genre from Jamaica that was made popular internationally by artists such as Bob Marley, has been added to the 2018 Intangible Cultural Heritage list of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Crazy Rich Asians opened in China this weekend to underwhelming results. The film made less than $1.2 million, according to industry tracker Ent Group.
French President Emmanuel Macron recently demanded the return of 26 artifacts that were stolen by the colonial power in 1894 from the kingdom of Behanzin in Benin.
Rebellion Productions, a UK-based comic, book, and video game publisher, has acquired the site of a former Daily Mail printing facility in Didcot, Oxfordshire in order to convert it into a new film and television studio.
Author William Kamkwamba made headlines in 2007 after he built an electricity producing windmill made of scrap material and spare parts to power his family’s house in Wimbe, Malawi. He was then invited to do a Ted Talk and later attended Dartmouth University. His book, which recounts his inspirational story from building the windmill to his new found fame, was released in 2009 and received praise from Al Gore and Paolo Coelho.
Sony Pictures’ Venom has landed the studio its largest opening weekend ever in China, with a $111 million gross profit this past weekend.
Nigerian Afro-pop artist Tiwa Savage made history by becoming the first female African musician to win the Best African Act at the recently held MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) in Bilbao, Spain.