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Friday, 29 May 2015

Croatian Arts Festival In Dubrovnik To Stage Michel Houellebecq Play After All

This is just a quick partial repost. I updated the original post from a few days ago but I might as well add it here. I'm not going to add the original story, you can read the original post HERE with plenty of personal commentary and thoughts. If you don't who Michel Houellebecq or what the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is, just hit the links.....

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Dubrovnik Summer Festival Decide To Stage French Authors Play, But With Added Security...

Krisztian Nyari, director of the Hungarian publishing house Magveto, presents a poster of the Hungarian edition of Michel Houellebecq’s novel “Soumission” with the Hungarian title “Behodolas” in the headquarters of Magveto in Budapest, Hungary, on April 14, 2015. The Mona Lisa dons a face veil on the cover of the upcoming Hungarian edition of Michel Houellebecq’s novel “Soumission”, the latest translation of the controversial author’s tale of Islamic rule in France. Hungarian publisher Magveto hopes the cover — depicting the Mona Lisa painting in a niqab veil — will bring attention to “Soumission” (“Behodolas” in Hungarian), before its release on April 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

Festival spokeswoman Karla Labas, said the play, due to open in July, would be performed under police security.

May 28, 2015

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival announced earlier this month it would have to cancel Houellebecq’s drama “The Elementary Particles” (“Les Particules elementaires”) after the Croatian interior ministry deemed it a possible “security risk”.

But at a meeting held at the culture ministry on Wednesday, the festival’s organising council voted in favour of sticking with the original programme, which includes Michel Houellebecq's controversial play.

The “security aspect will be discussed at the council’s next session,” state-run HINA news agency quoted a ministry spokeswoman as saying. The earlier decision to pull the play from the line-up had caused a furore, with Croatian artists slamming the move as censorship. Full article:

Some highlights from the 63rd Dubrovnik Summer Festival in 2012.

Highlights from the 2013 Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

I like this Time-lapse night time video of Dubrovnik so I'm throwing it in here. 

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