Anna Von Hausswolff’s Paris show cancelled following “far-right Catholic” protests

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Protests outside her Nantes show meant it had to be canceled at the last minute

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Swedish musician Anna von Hauswolf’s show at a Paris church has been canceled due to security concerns over Catholic protests.

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The cancellation comes after reaction to Hauswolf’s previous show in Nantes, Peru. Guardian, A group, which Nantes deputy mayor Bassem Aceh referred to on Twitter as “intolerant fanatics”, barricaded the entrance to Notre-Dame de Bon-Port ahead of their planned Tuesday performance.

The group stated that Hauswolf’s music, which consists mainly of pipe organ, is “Satanist” and was heard chanting “Saint Mary, Mother of God, praying for our poor sinners”. However, his show was organized in partnership with the Diocese of Nantes.

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The protests led to the cancellation of the Nantes show, with Hauswolf saying on social media that “far-right Catholic integrality triumphed over the arts”. Shortly afterwards, the Saint-Eustach Church in Paris decided to withdraw Hauswolf’s planned Paris concert. Yves Trocheris, curate of Saint-Eustache in Paris, told Guardian That the cancellation was “to ensure that public order is maintained at the gates of the church”.

In the above Instagram post, Hauswolf shared an image of herself sitting inside the empty Notre-Dame de Bon-Port church, which read, “Here I wait inside the church, while about 50-100 integrists sit inside the church doors.” chanting and shouting outside, blocking the way for about 400 people.”

“My thoughts go out to all of you wonderful fans who stood calmly and patiently before these people,” she continued. “I love that you remember that these things will never be solved by violence. Me and the church are working together and not against each other.”

Later in an Instagram story, Hauswolf said that he and his team look forward to finding a new venue for their Paris show soon, and fans will be kept in the loop with any decisions.

Various officials from the local government and cultural communities have condemned the protests, with Aymerick Sassau, deputy of culture for the mayor of Nantes, saying that the protest reinforces the idea that “in the face of obscurity, we need the light of art and culture.” more than ever.

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“Nantes will remain a city open to all cultures and artistic styles.”

Eli Cummins, director of Le Liu Unique (the cultural center promoting the Nantes show), called the protest and subsequent cancellation an “attack on creativity and freedom of expression” and stressed that the decision was made “to protect safety”. . of all those present. ,

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