Music and Politics in the 1930s


Music and Politics in the 1930s

This symposium explores the impact of politics on music during the long 1930s (c.1925-1945). The expanding economic and cultural reach of the state in democratic and totalitarian regimes, in tandem with the rise of mass media in the form of radio and cinema, contributed to the politicisation of music during this tumultuous period. We’re pleased to welcome speakers from Spain, Finland, Canada, the USA and around Australia, including staff and students of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

We are delighted to announce the launch of John Whiteoak’s new book: 'Take me to Spain': Australian Imaginings of Spain through Music and Dance (Lyrebird Press, 2019) as part of the symposium program. The launch, along with a reception and short concert, will follow the afternoon sessions on Saturday 7 December.

Registration for the symposium is free, but booking is essential for each section you wish to attend:

Saturday 7 December – Afternoon Symposium Sessions (1.30PM – 6PM)

Saturday 7 December – Book Launch and Concert (6.15PM – 8PM)

Sunday 8 December – Symposium Sessions (9.30AM – 6PM)

We strongly encourage booking in advance for all of our events. This guarantees your seat, and allows us to communicate any unforeseen event scheduling changes with you.

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