HONG KONG—A major nonprofit arts center barred the pro-democracy Hong Kong pop star Denise Ho from undertaking just times ahead of a scheduled collection of live shows, as fears improve that a continuing crackdown led by Beijing could stifle artistic expression in the city.

In letters shared by the singer on Wednesday, the Hong Kong Arts Centre reported it was pulling her Sept. six-12 reservation at the location under a clause that allows cancellations “where community get or community protection would be endangered.”

“The management of the Arts Centre is obligation bound to observe carefully the modern developments in society and the laws anxious,” the letter, dated Tuesday, reported without elaborating. Rental costs of $16,430 would be returned to her audio label, the letter reported.

The Hong Kong Arts Centre and Ms. Ho didn’t right away respond to requests for comment.

The Hong Kong Arts Centre, an independent nonprofit establishment proven in 1977, has prolonged served as a nearby hub for the arts, which include all those on political subjects. But the city’s cultural platforms have appear under growing stress right after a national stability regulation was imposed by Beijing final yr. Lots of individuals have retreated from political or protest-relevant functions on their own, creating critics to warn of self-censorship.