Outernational Days, a new world music festival at the heart of Bucharest

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The Attic Magazine in partnership with Control Club presents the first edition of the Outernational Days, a new world music festival due in Bucharest during July 1-3. The venues: Uranus Garden (144 Uranus street) and Control Club (4 Constantin Mille street).

The first edition of Outernational Days aims at providing a fresh, contemporary perspective on the anthropology of Outernational music and to open the road to a wide-ranging society through the benefits of music. Outernational is an emergent cultural movement famous in Europe and worldwide but not so widely known in Romania. The project was born out of a cultural need of exploring a very wide musical specter, to which the Romanian audience lacked access until now.

The artists who will perform in Bucharest come from various geographical areas Africa (Northern Africa, Congo and Burkina Faso), Middle East (Egypt, Lebanon) and Europe (Germany, UK, Belgium, Austria, France and Romania). DJ sets, conferences, performances, documentary films and so on will join the festival.

There will also be a performing art show, a sound facility, a percussion workshop by Okay Temiz and the screening of Petites Planetes documentary.

For the events hosted by the Uranus Garden, a chef will create a customized menu, according to the invited guests’ geographical regions.

Outernational is a relatively new term used in musicology and it refers to contemporary musical genres particular to peripheral cultures that do not identify with western norms. Outernational is situated at the opposite end of International; it works with its own unique ways of making itself popular, not through mass-media, like international music, but rather by being discovered and brought to light by passionate people. It is a global phenomenon, although it draws from cultural and geographical peripheries from Central Asia, East Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, including Romania.

The Outernational movement is characterized first and foremost by diversity, most of the bands drawing heavily from the traditional music and the cultural heritage of the area in which they activate. Outernational is not defined as a stand-alone genre but rather as a global trend to discover human values that are specific to some communities and that are meaningful to others as well. At the same time, Outernational is not stylistically defined: at the micro level, it could range from jazz to funk, to turbofolk, psychedelic progressive rock, to disco, to free-improv, electronica, so it has a potential to activate a wide audience with different taste in music, different social layers and different age.

A limited number of tickets have been put up for sale at RON 70 at Eventbook.

The Attic Magazine is a new online music magazine, which focuses on a wide variety of music genres and investigates different cultures from all around the world. The magazine narrates empirical listening experiences from different collaborators, through reports, features and interviews with various artists, DJs, composers and ensembles, music reviews and audio podcasts.

More details about the programme and the artists at http://the-attic.net/outernational.

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