Following a wave of criticism, the artistic director for Stockholm's premier cultural venue, Kulturhuset, has apologized for hastily cancelling a feminist performance last weekend in which women were set to dance to a score that included recitation of verses from the Koran set to music.

In a blog posting Thursday, the head of Kulturhuset, Eric Sjöström, said his decision to cancel part of a two-day performance piece entitled "Celebration of Womanhood" was taken under duress and that he regrets the action. A heated debate had broken out on Facebook Sunday following a dress rehearsal for the show, and Sjöström said he ordered the stop out of concerns for public safety.

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