The second edition of the festival Outernational Days will take place in Bucharest between July 7-9, 2017 and will bring on stage a suite of ensembles, bands and musicians from all over the world, including Kenya, Niger, Senegal, Lebanon and Turkey, as well as Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Romania).
The first batch of artists and bands playing at Outernational Days 2 include:
• Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force (Senegal)
• Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger)
• iNSANLAR (Turkey)
• Praed (Lebanon / Switzerland)
• Circuit Diagram feat. Derya Yıldırım (Germany / Turkey)
• Babau (Italy)
• Stefan Fraunberger (Austria)
• Mircea Florian (Romania)
Besides concerts with bands from all over the world, the festival will present a series of thematic DJ sets, artist talks, panels, art installations, workshops, debates, documentary movies screenings and lectures around the Outernational concept. We will increase the number of female musicians playing on stage and develop new ensembles of local musicians, comissioned for the festival.
We defined Outernational as a place positioned outside of history; as a shapeless world that has been developing at the periphery of the International sphere. What makes Outernational music so distinct is its lack of exposure in mainstream and non-mainstream media, for reasons that are usually linked to ethnical biases.
Outernational music comprises many contemporary hybrids from all over the world: from Kurdish halay to Romanian manele, from Bulgarian orkestras of chalga to Peruvian chicha, from Palestinian dabke to Mexican narcocorrido, Egyptian electro-chabi and many other genres and styles.
Outernational is a relatively new term in music and musicology and it refers to genres of contemporary music, specific to certain subcultures or peripheries from the cultural space that don’t necessarily identify with the occidental/western rules.
Outernational defines as opposite to International. It has it’s own means of cultural promotion and dissemination that function on a global level, even if most of the times they come from peripheries, both cultural and geographic. Music that is being assimilated as being Outernational is usually unearthed in Middle Asia, Eeast Asia, Africa and Eeastern Europe, including Romania.
We created Outernational Days as a festival that wants to fight prejudices, vices and fears, a festival where everyone is welcome, regardless of age, cultural background, social position, gender or ethnicity.
Outernational Days 2 is co-financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund within the session I/2017 of cultural projects, Area of Spectacle – Music.