The 5th edition of the annual Balkan Sessions will once again show the incredible versatile faces of Eastern music and its ability to fuse genres and people by covering several cultural domains and integrating loads of musical influences, dance rhythms and historical backgrounds.

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.

Trailer Balkan Sessions festival ● 2018


Official trailer of the Balkan Sessions festival 2018 with images from the previous 2017 edition. Buy your ticket here!

➀ Live stories + The Gypsy Wolves ● Balkan Sessions festival 2018


◔ 17:30 - 20:00 | FOOD | DOCU | ACOUSTIC CONCERTS


The 1st part of the Balkan Sessions festival ● 2018 consists of live stories, foto & docu by The Caravan's Journal, food and acoustic concerts by The Gipsy Wolves – a Gent based Roma band –  and Wouter Vandenabeele's violin players. Join these 16 musicians and journalists in their deep quests to the heart of the Balkan region from 17:30 until 20:00!

♫ The Gipsy Wolves (SLOV/BE) 18:00 - 18:20
Gent hosts some excellent Roma musicians forming a 4-piece Slovakian Balkan band.
☄ live story + photo from Bulgaria by The Caravan's Journal 18:20 - 18:35
♫ Wereldmuziekschool De Centrale olv Wouter Vandenabeele 18:35 - 18:50
☄ live story + docu from Ukrain by The Caravan's Journal 18:50 - 19:05

♫ The Gipsy Wolves (SLOV/BE)
☄ live story Srebrenica + NESTOR photo presentation by The Caravan's Journal

♫ The Gipsy Wolves + 4 violins closing concert 1st part 19:40 - 20:00

➁ Tcha Limberger Trio live ● Balkan Sessions festival 2018


♫ 20:00 - 21:00 | Tcha Limberger Trio (BE/HUN)


Composer, genius violin player, guitarist and singer Tcha Limberger belongs to that tiny circle of world class musicians living on Belgian soil. Born half tzigane, or manouche, or European nomad, his musical mission is to break the existing prejudices towards Rom people from Eastern Europe by expanding their rich history and culture. Thanks to his incredible versatility, Tcha Limberger is like no other able to connect two historical sides of the Eastern-European music in all its beauty: the jazz manouche and the Rom music, thus resulting in a combination of gypsy swing and Balkan chants. At the binair01 ● Balkan Sessions festival ● 2018, Tcha Limberger Trio will bridge the acoustic live story part perfectly with the full band international headliner part, introducing the gypsy swing initiation at the end of his concert. Listen to some more Tcha Limberger music clips here!

➂ Gypsyswing show + dance workshop ● Balkan Sessions festival 2018


웃 21:00 - 21:40 | Dance show & workshop gypsyswing


The first dance part ties up perfectly with the concert of Tcha Limberger: Shana Van Cauwenberghe and Joren van Eyken (teachers at De Ingang, connected with Crazy Legs) show their skills followed by a dance workshop gypsyswing.

➃ Gypsy Sound System Orkestar live ● Balkan Sessions festival 2018


♫♫ 21:40 - 22:50 | Gypsysoundsystem Orkestra (CH/FR)

The 1st out of 2 international headliners of the binair01 ● Balkan Sessions festival ● 2018 is a 7-piece full body Orkestra. Gypsysoundsystem connects Balkan music with swing, hiphop, dub, tango and electro creating a fresh, contemporary sound. The musicians have very different backgrounds; some with a jazz education, others are rappers on hiphop beats or producers of drum'n'bass and dub tracks, and brass instruments show clear funk, balkan and ska influences. The accordion and sax floats on a solid rhythm section and supports both MC and vocals. Listen to some more Gypsy Sound System clips here!

➄ Giufà live ● Balkan Sessions festival 2018


♫♫♫ 23:15 - 00:30 |  Giufà (IT) 


Meet Giufà, a solid Sicilian mix of gypsyska, rumba gitana and Balkan melodies with a South-Italian tarantella flair. For this clip they joined forces with Baciamolemani. Their #PROPAGANGSTERTOUR2018, supported by the Istituto di Cultura Italiana of Brussels, brings them to the binair01 ● Balkan Sessions festival ● 2018 on 8 december. Listen to some more Giufà clips here!

➅ Dance show & workshop Bollywood ● Balkan Sessions festival 2018


웃 00:30 - 01:15 |  Dance show & animation bollywood


The dj-set party at binair01 ● Balkan Sessions festival ● 2018 opens with a dance show of Maya Sapera and Aaricia Ponnet (teacher at Danshuis De Ingang), both specialists Indian dance, followed by a workshop / animation contemporary Bollywood, searching for one of the historical roots of gypsy music all the way to India. Watch some dance clips of Maya Sapera and Aaricia!

➆ mnsr zér0 dj-set ● Balkan Sessions festival ● 2018


☊ 01:15 - 03:00 | Mnsr Zéro (resident binair01)⎯⎯
The dj-set party will be hosted by resident binair01 mnsr zér0. His mixes are a blend of rhythm variations. Expect not only balkan party classics, but also surprising Roma rap, Arabian dabke, Middle-Eastern hiphop, Scandinavian electroswing, moombahton, bhangra and other Oriental contemporary dance music. Listen to some of his mixtapes here!

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.

18:30 - 20:00 / Les Triplettes De Belleville movie screening


◔ Film'n'Food 18:00 - 20:00: Screening of Les Triplettes de Belleville ▷ Kelderzaal De Centrale

Before the concerts festival ticket holders can join the screening of animation movie classic Les Triplettes de Belleville by French director Sylvain Chomet. It tells the story of some maffiosi chasing a race biker in Paris on a marvellous gypsyswing score sung by three brave old women. Gypsyswing all started in Paris in the 1930's with Django Reinhardt, a legendary Romani jazz manouche guitarist playing with a bunch of Gitan gypsies. If you thought swing was American, it was at least heavily formed by Eastern gypsy music. Gypsyswing is balkan baby! Enjoy the movie!

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


◕ 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


◕ 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.

00:00 - 03:00 / mnsr zér0 dj-set at Balkan Sessions #3


● PARTY 00:00 - 3:00 ▷ Turbinezaal De Centrale

Mnsr Zéro's sets are surprising blends of the latest innovative cross-over partysounds from all corners of our planet. Think exciting balkan hiphop-trap, Arab dabke from Beirut's pulsing nightclubs, Belgrado's evolutions of crazy balkan and gypsystyle dancing, swingrhythms mixed up with Scandinavian rap, Eastern moombahton and electro-bollywood, klezmerwhirls, and maybe some variation from the south: AfroLatin grooves like reggaetón, electrocumbia or faster kuduro- and afrobeats. The list of names and styles is endless, we'd rather call it move-your-body music; an elixir through dancing. His mixes are a real relief for people addicted to dancing and searching for challenges beyond the simple beats of shallow radio hit music. Discover plenty of mixtapes on his mixcloud page!

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Balkan mezze available!


◔ Food 18:00 - 23:30

Balkan mezze will be served by Bulgarian organisation VZW De Magische Stem:

○ plate kebaptche / kufte €5

○ plate breaded chicken mezze €5


○ small stuffed paprika with cheese €3              


○ banitza (with cheese of spiache) / pitka €2


○ mezze dry spiced sausage €2

○ home-made pie €2

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Buy your tickets for Balkan Sessions #3


Ticket sale start on Saturday 2 dec. All tickets will be sold in 3 waves:

① 1st wave 2-6 dec: solo ticket €12  /  group ticket 10p €11 

② 2nd wave 7-11 dec: solo ticket €14  /  group ticket 4p €13  /  group ticket 10p €11

③ 3rd wave 12-16 dec: solo ticket €16  /  duo ticket €15  /  group ticket 4p €13  /  group ticket 10p €11

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Bernard Orchestar live at binair01 Gentse Feesten St-Jacobs


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.