Art of Fear

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Host: Southbank Centre
Location: Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Speaker: Professor Eric Levi, Michelle Assay, Professor David Fanning, Stephen Johnson


The political and social visions of two men, Hitler and Stalin, shaped the course of the arts in 20th-century Europe, and this weekend of talks, events and debates explores how totalitarian states attempted to monitor and control every aspect of music, politics and the arts.

Join top speakers for in depth discussions of the fundamental questions of early 20th century.

Professor Erik Levi delves into the prejudiced, controlled and dangerous world of music in the Third Reich.

Michelle Assay and Professor David Fanning discuss how musicians in the Soviet Union struck a balance between artistic integrity and preserving their lives.

Denunciations, withdrawals and exile. Stephen Johnson looks at the complicated relationship between Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Stalin.

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