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Dispute about Heino's recital: How German is that?


Singer Heino wants to organize a "German song recital" in Düsseldorf. The Tonhalle did not want to advertise the concert under this title at first - but rowed back after the mayor switched on.

Heinos Manager: »It is absurd what dimension this political correctness has assumed.

The word "German" belongs to all Germans. "

Photo: Ina Fassbender / dpa

Singer Heino (82) and the Düsseldorf Tonhalle argue about a "German recital".

The concert hall criticized the name of the event and did not want to hang up the musician's advertising posters.

"We are bothered by the somewhat tumbling subtitle," said a spokeswoman for the concert hall on Monday upon request.

That is why the Tonhalle did not want to advertise this evening with this subtitle itself.

The event planned for October 8th in the Tonhalle could of course take place.

Heino is now considering changing the location, as his manager Helmut Werner told the German Press Agency.

In the evening, Düsseldorf's Lord Mayor Stephan Keller (CDU) contradicted: "I don't see any nationalistic or similar tendencies in Heino's poster and do not share the criticism of it." That is why he discussed with the Tonhalle director that Heino's tour poster should be up said Keller.

The "Bild" newspaper had previously reported.

"What absurd ideas do you have to have to be bothered by the word 'German'?" Says Werner.

In an interview in 2019, the singer even spoke out in favor of a ban on the AfD.

Heino hit the headlines in 2018 when he gave the NRW home minister a collection of songs that included titles from the “SS songbook”.

In the years before, Heino was accused of having an uncritical attitude towards right-wing songs.

The Tonhalle confirmed that Heino's management had been informed of a municipal guideline to which they were bound: "Urban spaces are not a place for agitation."

Heino manager Werner came across this in particular: "Simply establishing a connection with the word German, Heino and Hetze lacks any clear understanding." The city made it clear that the wording of this guideline had not yet been approved.

Tonhalle director Michael Becker said, on the other hand: “This is about the designation of a song recital as German.

That then relates to the form of the concert and not to the content. «That is technically and politically incorrect.

There were no German symphony concerts in the Tonhalle if only Brahms and Beethoven were being played.

»Heino is a German singer who sings German songs.

If the word 'German' is already right-wing populist, Germany is abolishing its identity, ”said Werner.

“It is absurd to what extent this political correctness has taken on.

The word 'German' belongs to all Germans. "

Originally the evening was supposed to be called "Heino goes Klassik - with a large orchestra".

Because of the corona pandemic, however, a large orchestra will not be able to go on tour in the foreseeable future.

Therefore one had to change the subtitle.

None of the other 17 concert halls took offense, said Werner.

kim / dpa

Source: spiegel

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