A music festival scheduled for this weekend in the city of Suzhou has been canceled, making some musicians and organizers of music festivals in China increasingly nervous that the continuing government crackdown on dissent could have a significant impact on them.
Organizers of the Suzhou music festival, called Strawberry, said in messages on the Internet this week that the event was canceled for reasons related to recent rainstorms. But artists and observers of the music industry in China have speculated that Strawberry was canceled because of official pressure after a political incident at a music festival last weekend in Jiangsu Province.
At that festival, called Zhouzhuang, the name of the detained artist Ai Weiwei was flashed on a big screen. Days later, Zuoxiao Zuzhou, a Chinese rock musician who expressed support for Mr. Ai at that festival and in a newspaper article, was temporarily detained by police officers. Another music festival, Midi, is scheduled to take place this weekend in a suburb of Beijing; its organizers have privately told people that they are anxious.