Killswitch Engaged? Further Festival Cancellations Leave A Bleak Outlook for 2015

The sudden cancellation of 330 Metal Fest (330金属音乐节) yesterday alongside speculation that Midi Beijing and Strawberry Festival Beijing are off (alongside their counterparts in Shanghai, which was somewhat expected following the aftermath of the Bund stampede) leave us to question the extent of the impact this is going to have on small-medium sized creative businesses attempting to operate in China. It’s a question of degree: how far should the state go to guarantee the safety of the public, and at what point does the need for control become overreaching to the extent that it impedes domestic creative expression?