ICYMI | #117

Turning Tables | Congo Floods | Stop Deportation Protest Camp

By Staff

Our weekly roundup of stories you may have missed.

Turning Tables

This summer, we will be running a German-language mentorship programme together with Turning Tables Germany. The course will focus on using broadcasting as a platform to share creative ideas, whether through performance, hosting or music production. The course is aimed at persons under 25 years of age. Head to our website to find out more about the programme, its mentors, and to apply!


Uganda’s parliament passed one of the world’s strictest anti-LGBTQ+ bills earlier this month despite President Museveni asking to tone down certain provisions after its initial adoption in March. The bill includes extreme measures such as the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality”, a term used by the government for same-sex acts when HIV-positive, as well as a 20-year prison sentence for “promoting” homosexuality, which activists fear could criminalise any advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights.

Congo floods

Landslides and flooding following heavy rainfall last week have killed more than 400 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with many more seriously injured or listed as missing. The disaster happened only two days after at least 131 people were killed in floods in neighbouring Rwanda. The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world, and the flooding once again highlights how the extreme effects of climate change are disproportionately affecting those contributing the least.


Tune in this week for a series of XJAZZ! shows, Tuesday-Saturday at lunchtime ahead of the festival. Kicking things off tomorrow will be Aver from Move78, guesting beside Henry Weekes. Later in the week, you can catch music and chat from Sanni Est, Douniah, Sonic Interventions, Dimitra and more.

Stop deportations

The Stop Deportation protest camp is looking for voluntary translators who would be willing to help out during June 1-6. You do not need any previous experience - while French, Russian, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, English, and German are most needed, any other languages are equally welcome. Head to their IG to find out more and get in touch.

This week on Weserstraße:

Tuesday: XJAZZ, Plo Man, Nuits Sonores

Wednesday: TRU:L, DJ Hops

Thursday: Mehmet Aslan, Alias Error, Müge

Friday: Pbar warm-up with Heléna Star, Kush Jones, James Bangura

Saturday: Neinzer & Aroent, Jeyrototo