From March to September 2021 – As the world is unravelling this past year, cultural events in physical space remain postponed indefinitely. Most of these happenings have shifted online with artists and audiences atomized across the world, connect- ing via 0s and 1s. With Easterndaze x Berlin, the connection between communities and collectives will be symbolic – it will not happen physically per se, nor via online streams or virtual get-togethers. FB event: link

The collaborations will take place in the form of a compilation and a zine produced by the collectives Amek (Sofia) and Vaagner (Berlin), a video installation by Holly Childs & Gediminas Žygus presented in collaboration with Subtext Recordings, a week-long community radio marathon with Cashmere (Berlin), IDA (Tallinn/Helsinki) x Lahmacun (Budapest) x Kapitał (Warsaw, Łódź, Wrocław, Poznań), and a presentation of historical and contemporary music videos at Zönotéka.

“An Embrace” is a collaborative project between the Bulgarian experimental music collective Amek and the German music label Vaagner. “An Embrace” is a mutual undertaking that aims to create a bridge between two communities from different cultural environments in Eastern and Western Europe, by pairing artists from the respective regions into four duos. The final results will be compiled and presented as a joint release of Amek and Vaagner, comprising both a limited edition cassette tape and an accompanying rise-printed zine – formats that have been the key element of DIY labels and initiatives for many decades. The zine will offer further insight into the creative process of the release, including interviews with the artists and information about the activities of the labels involved.

PROGRAM // March – September 2021
Compilation & Zine
Amek (Sofia) x Vaagner (Berlin) present “An Embrace”
Compilation format: cassette & digital
Bandcamp release date: Friday, March 26, 2021, Audio preview & pre-order

Video Installation
Subtext Recordings (Berlin/Bristol) presents Forking by Holly Childs (Adelaide) & Gediminas Žygus (Vilnius)
Date: September (tba) 2021
Venue: Bärenzwinger, Berlin

Community Radio Week
Cashmere Radio (Berlin) x IDA Radio (Tallinn / Helsinki) x Lahmacun (Budapest) x Kapital (Warsaw) Dates: April 19 – April 23, 2021; live broadcast event on April 23, 2021

Easterndaze x Klipzona
Videodrome at Zönotéka
Date: September 23 – 26, 2021