Goethe-Institut gets a new director
Philip Kueppers has taken charge as the new director of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh starting February 1, 2016.
Kueppers has replaced his predecessor Judith Mirschberger, who was transferred to Tunisia after her nearly five-year tenure in Bangladesh.
Prior to his new assignment in Bangladesh, Philip Kueppers worked as a lecturer and researcher for the chair of Transcultural Music Studies at the LISZT University of Music, Weimar in Germany.
Previously, Kueppers worked in the area of ethnomusicology and did fieldwork in many countries, including Azerbaijan, Brazil, the USA, Tanzania and Turkey.
He also taught as a guest lecturer in Colombia.

China’s music listening habits revealed
More than 977 million people in China – 72% of the population – listen to music every week, according to a new survey of the country’s listening habits.
The average Chinese consumer enjoys 16 hours of music per week, with 66% of listeners using a streaming service.
The figures lag behind the US, where 91% of the population listens to music for an average of 24 hours per week.
But China has a healthy live scene, with 57% of affluent fans attending concerts, compared to 51% in the US.
The figures, compiled by US company Nielsen, show a great disparity between wealthy Chinese consumers and those on lower incomes.
In total, 83% of affluent consumers listen to music at least once a week; compared to 53% for low-earners.
The well-off tend to prefer Western or English-language music, and are more likely to listen to pop, rock and jazz.
They spend an average of 914 yuan ($139, £97) on music every year; while poorer Chinese consumers spend just 118 yuan ($18, £13). — BBC

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