The 4th edition of the annual Balkan Sessions is a broad festival covering several cultural domains, exploring the incredible versatile faces of Eastern music and its ability to fuse genres and people.


After two successful editions the Balkan Sessions festival is growing a tiny bit bigger, with film'n'food, dj-sets and 3 very different live (big) bands from all around the globe.


21:00 - 22:30 / Oratnitza live at Balkan Sessions #3

08/12/2017

◕ Oratnitza 21:00 - 22:30 ▷ Kelderzaal De Centrale

The combination of orthodox traditional Bulgarian chant and fast spitting rap rhymes is mesmerizing. Two didgeridoos pretend to be a double bass, a Spanish cajón replaces the traditional percussion with an explosion of hiphop, trap and drum'n'bass rhythms. No wonder Oratnitza is considered the most popular innovative band from Bulgaria.

22:45 - 00:00 / Gypsy Hill live at Balkan Sessions #3

07/12/2017

◕ Gypsy Hill 22:30 - 00:00 ▷ Turbinezaal De Centrale

The most solid party beats will be brought by the headliner of tonight. Their contagious mix of balkan brass, Mediterranean surf-rock, ska- and swing rhythms makes the perfect connection to the party section. The core of Gypsy Hill is the legendary producers duo from London responsible for some world-famous classic balkan party grooves you'll probably already know by heart. Their very first show in Belgium with the full live band set-up will be a unique experience. The sound of this London based band is innovative and traditional in the meantime; thanks to an exceptional combination of guitars, wind instruments, tuba and scratch turntables they'll turn the concert room into one big dance floor.

Bernard Orchestar live at binair01 Gentse Feesten St-Jacobs

09/08/2017

The 12-piece strong Brussels based Bernard Orchestar turns East-European compositions and arrangements into irresistible and extremely contagious retro-modern balkan party music with a funky twist. They also opened our Balkan Sessions festival 2017.

Binair01 balkan sessions #2 aftermovie

26/12/2016

The 2nd edition grew to festival proportions, and the 3rd one promises a sensational line-up on november 25, 2017. See you at our New Year's Eve dancefloor in a few days.


Aftermovie features Antwerp Gipsy-Ska OrkestraKocani OrkestarLekker GecRadio Barbã & Mnsr Zéro. Credits Joao Santos. This production was a collaboration with De Centrale.

The 2nd edition dedicated to balkan music invites one of the very best orkestars from the balkans and one of the very best from the belgistans.


Tickets balkan sessions #2 available

31/10/2016

The race for balkantickets is on! First 50 tickets are a €13 bargain. Yes, this includes the complete festival program: film, concerts and party.

Full line-up balkan sessions #2 finally revealed

30/10/2016

The first Ghentish balkan festival since the confluence of Schelde and Leie with film, food, concerts and dj-sets in 2 rooms. Proud to present the line-up:


DOORS 18:00

◔ film'n'food (Kelderzaal)

▸ food by Lekker Gec 

▸ 'Black Cat, White Cat' by Emir Kusturica 18:30 - 20:30


CONCERTS 20:30 (Turbinezaal)

Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra 20:30 - 21:45 

▸ soundcloud | bandcamp

◕ Kočani Orkestar 22:00 - 23:30

▸ youtube meshup | deezer spotify


●  PARTY 22:30 - 3:00 (Kelderzaal)

Radio Barbã dj-set

▸ mixcloud

Mnsr Zéro (resident binair01) dj-set

▸ mixcloud | ▸ deezer

balkan sessions #2 - headliner mashup

28/10/2016

This mashup presents the headliner of binair01 balkan sessions #2 on december 2 at De Centrale, Gent. The tape is also on mixcloud.


This edition is dedicated to balkan music. Tonight is a joyful celebration of its incredible versatile faces and its ability to fuse genres and people. Some of the best French and Belgian examples of this border crossing phenomenon will make you dance from second # one.