The programme of multicultural festival [fjúžn] will present foreigners and new miniroties living in Bratislava. From April 20th to 27th, it will bring opportunities to get to know lives, culture, stories and traditions of people who are part of our society, even though they come from other backgrounds.
During the whole week concerts, exhibitions, discussions, community events or activities for children will take place at various locations. English-speaking programme will include a stand-up comedy show Joke’s On You and discussion Apples&Hrušky, where LGBT+ identifying foreigners will share their experiences from Slovakia. Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed, , who is focused on human rights and freedom of press, as well as Polish reporter Wojciech Górecki will attend the festival. Migration from different angle will be shown at exhibition Women Who Stay, where Noel Rojo and Magdaléna Vaculčiaková will show stories of women from Mexico, Ethiopia and Senegal, whose partners leave their country for work. New artistic project by photographer Aleš Vojtášek will aslo be shown as an exhibition in public space.
Opening foreign communities
Traditional part of festival’s program are events prepared in cooperation with foreign communities and community centers. Their activities will be focused especially on Day of Open Communities on Sunday, April 22nd. During this day, you will be able to visit and get to know various communities of foreigners living in Bratislava. Discussions, movie projections, workshops or traditional cuisine will be presented in KC Dunaj at Nedbalova 3 and several community centers. Detailed program will be published at www.fjuzn.sk.
This year, the festival is focusing on topic of trust. If we don’t trust our institutions, its difficult to trust each other, and even harder to create this bond with people, who we don’t know and who are different. Trust is result of process of no fear and feeling of safety, when we are accepted as we are. The main goal of the festival organized by Nadácia Milana Šimečku, is to combat fear and foster feeling of safety and mutual trust.
Unique musical collaborations
Live concerts and club nights will introduce various genres, including a moving performance by children’s choir Superar or special edition of Internationals Bratislava party. Spanish-Argentinian band Colectivo Panamera will provide a warm-up of the festival on Thursday, April 19th. The band renews the most beloved rhythms of the other side of the Atlantic from Cumbia to Calypso, going through Rumba and Carnavalito, all mixed with the most authentic rock and subtle electronics. They will be supported by Slovak dream-pop band Bad Karma Boy, which will be joined with a special [fjúžn] guest on this occasion.
Special guest will also be joining Slovak reggae band Medial Banana, who just recently released new album recorded at Jamaica. For this special event, they will be joined with rapper U-Cee, who is of Egyptian and Tunisian origin and grew up in Bavaria. The concert [fjúžn] sounds will also bring a performance by international band from Czech Republic, TiNG. Their own eclectic style called “Praggamuffin” is inspired by reggae, ska, dancehall, drum’n’bass, swing, rock and hip hop.
For fans of innovative approach to traditional music, cooperation with World Music Festival Bratislava will provide an opportunity to experience concert by Wilds Strings Trio and Dinovski&Schuberth. In collaboration with ajlavmjúzik festival [fjúžn] will host a special club event headlined by DJ Kutmah. Considered a father for L.A. beat movement, he was born in Great Britain to Egyptian mother and Scottish father, and raised in Los Angeles. Beside local DJs, he will be joined by Sophie, eclectic DJ of Austrian-Iranian origin. Another club night on Friday, April 27th, will be a collaboration with project Mäss and lineup includes DJ set by Lotic from Berlin-based collective Janus, and euphoric live act by Soda Plains, electronic producer originally from Hong Kong, who grew up in Great Britain and now resides in Berlin.
Festival [fjúžn] realized by Nadácia Milana Šimečku with support from Fond na podporu umenia.
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