Outernational Days 2

The Attic presents the second edition of the festival Outernational Days which takes place in Bucharest between July 7-9, 2017 at Uranus Garden and The Ark.

Outernational Days 2 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) and USA.

Besides concerts and live acts, the festival will present a series of thematic DJ sets, artist talks, panels, art installations, workshops and lectures around the Outernational concept.

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, East Asia, Africa and Eeastern Europe, including Romania.

Outernational Days 2 is co-financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund within the session I/2017 of cultural projects, Arts of Spectacle – Music.

Outernational Days 2 is supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Red Bull Music Academy.