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.


Line-up announcement ● Balkan Sessions festival 2019

06/12/2019

First line-up announcement of the Balkan Sessions festival 2019 with images from the previous 2018 edition. Buy your ticket here before it's too late!

➀ FOOD, DOCU & STORIES

05/12/2019

◔ 18:00 - 20:00 | FOOD | DOCU | ACOUSTIC CONCERTS

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The festival starts with a combination of Bulgarian cuisine delicacies (served by Sisi Food) and documentaries alternated with the live music of Trio Pletenitsa. Charlotte Moyersoen, young millennial graduated at the Gent university in Slavic studies with a natural born affection for and built-up knowledge about the Balkan region, sheds a new light on long forgotten spots and events: the Tyrant’s pyramid in Tirana, capital of Albania, a magnificent architectural masterpiece of brutalism called the UFO in Bulgaria, and finally Tito’s ‘last folly’, the 1981 megalomaniac Soviet ‘Monument to the uprising of the people of Kordun and Banija’ (sic) in Croatia.

➁ TRIO PLETENITSA (concert)

04/12/2019

♫ 18:45 - 20:00 | Trio Pletenitsa (BE/BUL)

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Three young women. Just their voices, no instruments. Marvellous traditional Bulgarian and Balkan folk songs. Fully a capella, magically polyphonic and crystal clear, they wrap their vocals around contrarious, irregular rhythms typical for eastern music. Even if we’re not sure they will show up on stage with braids in their hair, we can already tell their voices will weave through each other like real long Bulgarian pletenitsas. For this occasion they prepare a premiere and bring two special guests. Enjoy this unique concert with a typical Bulgarian meal. Listen to some Trio Pletenita music clips here!

➂ DANCE DEMO + WORKSHOP

03/12/2019

웃 20:15 - 21:00 | Bulgarian Dance Demo + Initiation Contemporary Dance on Balkan party tunes

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The Balkan Sessions festival harmonizes tradition and innovation. The dance demo quite literally puts tradition against contemporary; at one side Bulgarian folk group Zdravets, at the other side contemporary dancer Tchi-ann Liu. Specialized in the relation between dance and music, she will hand you over some basics of contemporary dance techniques on new Balkan party tunes in an open workshop.

➃ KERMESZ À L’EST (concert)

02/12/2019

♫♫ 21:00 - 22:15 | KermesZ à l'Est

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Above all KermesZ à L’Est is an adventurous bunch of artists avoiding all beaten paths. This eight-piece band connects Balkan brass, free jazz, polka and dislodged gypsy with the power and attitude of a rockband and the contagious animation and humour of a circus act. They mix electro, Balkan partybeats and a hilarious retro-futuristic stage performance with disarming anarchistic flair into an explosive, extremely danceable show full of post-apocalyptic energy. Fanfare-punk-muzette, bitolsko oro + dubstep, klezmer Orchestra on speed: this is a balkan band 2.0 with a healthy dose of nutty craziness. Listen to some KermesZ à l'Est music clips here!

➄ NO TENGO PATRIA (a gypsy dance journey)

01/12/2019

웃웃 ♫♫ 22:15 - 23:00 |  No Tengo Patria (a gypsy dance journey) | special festival project

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Nomadic tribes like the Indian Kalbelia travelled direction South of Spain and Northern Africa passing through Turkey and Eastern Europe, where a fertile exchange with Roma music took place. The fruitful result became an important element in the development of flamenco in Andalucia, where gypsy rhythms and Eastern melody patterns blended with a.o. traditional Spanish music and Arabian sounds. It is this image becoming a figure, with its diverse influences and junctions, being expressed in this show. For this unique festival project we gathered the most talented Belgian specialists, each in their own league. Kalbelia style: Maya Sapera, Aaricia Ponnet, Sattar Khan, Mahabub Khan. Turkish gypsy style: Maya Sapera, Robbe Kieckens, Nathan Daems. Flamenco syle: Sofia Yero, José El Titi, El Juanele.

➅ PAD BRAPAD (concert)

30/11/2019

♫♫♫ 23:00 - 00:30 |  Pad Brapad (FR)

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Pad Brapad might be the most relevant and solid innovative ‘balkan’ band of the current decennium. This concert will present their second album ‘Strikes Again’ – a marvellous example of cross-over between authentic and contemporary sounds and rhythms only few lesser gods are able to deliver in such a convincing manner. The surprising result is a furious confrontation of traditional melodies and instruments with banlieue hiphop and oldskool hightech electro. Violins and machines. Accordeons ad turntables. Mandolins and electronical witchcraft. An unprecedented fusion of irresistible Balkan grooves and a sound they call ‘Urban Tzigan’. Just wait until you experience their magic live. Listen to some Pad Brapad music clips here!

⑦ ACRO-SWING SHOW / DJ-SET PARTY

29/11/2019

웃 00:15 - 00:45 |  Dance & acro show

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We won’t give away too much. Leave it to the surprise and the astonishment of the moment. Trust the two acrobats, each in their own competence. Raquel Sanchez (COL) enhanced her experience with all kinds of educations in circus, dance, theatre and acrobatics around the world. Joren van Eyken was able to dance before he could breathe. Born entertainer, he’s particularly skilled in lindyhop, acroswing, hiphop and contemporary dance. Tonight they shine in duo.


☊ 00:30 - 03:00 | Mnsr Zéro (resident binair01)

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A steaming mix of balkan, gypsy, swing, arabtech and other bhangra will push the dance floor to its final heights. 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. Listen to some of his mixtapes here!



Balkan #3 mixtape by mnsr zér0

26/10/2019

This 3rd compilation of selected balkan music is a sequence of full tracks, often edited, but deliberately only occasionally mixed in order to preserve the original sound of the songs, preparing you for the Balkan Sessions Festival on 7 December 2019.

The compilation series are therefore more meant as a preview of the music collection used in live mixes. Although not representing the atmosphere of party dj-sets, cutting and mixing tracks more agressively and pushing people into wildness, they still are great stuff to enjoy dancing in your living room - or providing some thrill whilst working.

More balkan mixtapes on this page!

Balkan Sessions festival 2019 ● party playlist

15/10/2019

The tracks in this playlist represent the sound of contemporary balkan party music. They will – quite literally – be mixed with the hefty balkan classics by resident binair01 dj mnsr zér0 in the last and most explosive party of the Balkan Sessions festival; when the concert venue suddenly transforms into one big hell of a party dancefloor. Discover much more typical partyzani tunes on the balkan mixtape page, or find this playlist on Spotify or Deezer.

Balkan Sessions festival 2019 ● party playlist Spotify

14/10/2019

The tracks in this playlist represent the sound of contemporary balkan party music. They will – quite literally – be mixed with the hefty balkan classics by resident binair01 dj mnsr zér0 in the last and most explosive party of the Balkan Sessions festival; when the concert venue suddenly transforms into one big hell of a party dancefloor. Discover much more typical partyzani tunes on the balkan mixtape page, or find this playlist on Youtube or Deezer.

Balkan Sessions festival 2019 ● party playlist Deezer

13/10/2019

The tracks in this playlist represent the sound of contemporary balkan party music. They will – quite literally – be mixed with the hefty balkan classics by resident binair01 dj mnsr zér0 in the last and most explosive party of the Balkan Sessions festival; when the concert venue suddenly transforms into one big hell of a party dancefloor. Discover much more typical partyzani tunes on the balkan mixtape page, or find this playlist on Spotify or Youtube.