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The Cultural Frontline

The Cultural Frontline

The Cultural Frontline

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The Dakota Access Pipeline has been a source of controversy with environmental and indigenous campaigners, who believe it will threaten the water source of a Sioux reservation and disturb sacred burial grounds. Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger discusses his project to distribute mirrored shields to demonstrators, in an attempt to hold a mirror to controversial police tactics at the site. Negin Khpalwak is Afghanistan’s first female conductor and she’s still a teenager. Despite threats of violence from her family she is keen to show what women in her country are capable of. From her home in Kabul she explains how she got the musical bug and what it’s like to conduct and perform in a country where many girls are prohibited from studying music. Members of Hong Kong’s artistic community have expressed fears that art and culture are falling victim to pressure from Beijing. President of the newly founded PEN Hong Kong writers group Jason Ng, and cultural critic Vivienne Chow discuss the situation for artists in Hong Kong. A production of a play about the French Revolution has been playing to sell-out crowds in the Iraqi Kurdistan city of Sulaymaniyah. Journalist Sarhang Hars explains why this centuries old story resonates with today’s residents. With Tina Daheley. (Photo: a fist held in the air at a pipeline protest Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)


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