September 30, 2023

Entertain, enlighten or subvert?: “Liberation Day” and Laibach

Funny, slick and odd...but what else?

In August 2015, Slovenian rock group Laibach played in Pyongyang to coincide with North Korea’s liberation day celebration, which is held on August 15.

The announcement of the concert in North Korea was understandably met with media fanfare and global surprise considering the closed nature of the regime and the musical style of Laibach, which is perhaps best described as avant-garde.