French Catholic fundamentalists managed to prevent Anna Von Hausswolff playing a show in Nantes last night (December 7th).
The musician is on tour across Europe, and frequently performs in church venues – indeed, she played London's Union Chapel back in September.
Currently travelling across France, Anna Von Hausswolff was due to play at a church in Nantes last night (December 7th) but the event was halted by a protest.
The group called the composer's work "satanist", with the first deputy mayor of Nantes then tweeting:
"A handful of intolerant radicals causes the cancellation of a concert in ND du Bon-Port scheduled in agreement with the bishopric. Nothing authorized the expression of such censorship. This is not our conception of a social project based on dialogue and cultural openness."
Une poignée de radicaux intolérants provoque l’annulation d’un concert à N-D du Bon-Port programmé en accord avec l’évêché. Rien n’autorisait l’expression d’une telle censure. Ce n’est pas notre conception d’un projet de société fondé sur le dialogue et l’ouverture culturelle.
— Bassem ASSEH (@3asseh) December 7, 2021
In turn, Ouest-France shared a video of the demonstrators outside the venue, shouting: "Saint Mary mother of God, pray for us poor sinners."
Des manifestants catholiques ont empêché le concert d’Anna von Hausswolff, spécialiste de l'orgue, à l'église Notre-Dame de Bon Port, organisé par le Lieu unique à #nantes ce mardi soir pic.twitter.com/ySl2kN8R7l
— Ouest-France 44 (@OuestFrance44) December 7, 2021
Eli Commins organised the concert, telling Ouest-France: "It has already performed in about forty churches or cathedrals and there has never been a problem. There is no religious inspiration, no violence! It just plays the organ, and the organs are found in churches. It's post-metal influenced music. There weren't even any lyrics in the planned performance."
Anna von Hausswolff has yet to comment.
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