Outernational Days 2018


The third edition of the Outernational Days festival took place between September 19-23, 2018 in several venues in Bucharest, Romania and was presented by The Attic in association with Control Club.

In 2018, Outernational Days continued its celebration of diversity and exploration of the nuanced territories of music. In the contemporary setting of geo-political migration and changes, culture and music are influenced by the transformations and constant mutations. From Middle Eastern electronic hybrids (Iran, Egypt, Lebanon) to Mongolian and Indonesian trance ritual and sacred music from Zimbabwe, the festival investigates music not only through live concerts and DJ sets, but also through workshops, lectures and film screenings.

The program included ensembles and artists from various parts the world: Egypt, Iran, Zimbabwe, Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, Germany, Austria, Poland, Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, and Romania.

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 its 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 Eastern Europe, including Romania.

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.

Partners: MNAC Bucharest, Goethe-Institut Bucuresti, Ambasada Suediei din Bucureşti / Sveriges ambassad i Bukarest, Pro Helvetia Swiss Art Council, In Context/Slanic Moldova, Anglican Church (Bucharest), Hermitage. urban spiritual hub, Șaraiman, Institutul Polonez / Instytut Polski w Bukareszcie.

Media Partners: RADIO GUERRILLA, Telekom Electronic Beats, VICE România, Scena9, Revista ARTA, Marks, IQads, FEEDER.ro, Utopia Balcanica, Igloo media, Black Rhino Music, Munteanu.

Mobility Partner: PONY Car Sharing

Hospitality Partners: Alt Shift, Lente