In Quarantined China, Concerts Go Online as a Safe Place to Meet #MusicMonday
Access to and use of the internet can be a fraught, challenging issue in China. With the coronavirus outbreak leading to empty streets in many parts of the vast country, the internet had become a place where Chinese citizens can go to connect. Online concerts are one of the ways folks are finding ways to make connections and stay safe at the same time. Here’s more from CDM
I caught some small window into this on the far more experimental end of the spectrum via Beijing’s Edward Sanderson, who has been sharing the streams of his friends. (To this I’m again indebted to C-drik and his Syrphe Facebook group on experimental music in Asia and Africa, as I wrote up recently.)
Edward writes, ” As group events in China have been curtailed because of the coronavirus threat, the online space has become more important for meeting up.” (Many of these events are also shared via Facebook even though that site is blocked by default in China; in experimental music circles, it seems VPNs are popular.)
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