Rave for a Revolution!
13:15 - 14:15
DeLaMar Theater (D8 Panel Room) | Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam
Music and subculture at their best work from the street level up, and often provide one of the only safe spaces in which alternative voices can speak out against the ills of society, like class injustice, racism and segregation. Music has been and still is used as a powerful tool to channel social grievances, and it has the power to unite many.
As a starting point, this panel takes the ongoing project ‘I Dance Alone’ by Serbian/Dutch artist, curator and researcher Bogomir Doringer. It states that functions of dance can be social, ceremonial, erotic, liturgical, competitive, martial -- and to that Doringer adds: political. For instance in countries where the social system has failed and cultural institutions are missing, clubs and festivals act as a gathering hub where a collective body can be formed. Dancefloors trigger social interactions - potentially political or even a form of activism - that could be applied in the outside world.
In this panel, we will hear fascinating stories in which music and the arts played a significant role in creating own realities. From peacefully revolting against police violence in Georgia, breaking taboos with music in Uganda, to creating a sense of freedom and healing from underground raves in Palestine. Music and culture should never be underestimated as the most important driver of positive change.
Bogomir Doringer (RS)
Artist, Curator and Researcher
Derek Debru (MTN Nyege Nyege Festival, BE)
Giorgi Kikonishvili (Horoom Nights, GE)
Jazar Crew (PS)
Culture & Art Collective
Naja Orashvili (BASSIANI, Horoom Nights, GE)
Founder and Author
Femke Dekker (My Little Underground, NL)
Contemporary Arts Curator, (Radio) DJ