United We Stream: Croatian DJs Join International Streaming Community to Introduce Balkan Music, Art and Culture

Daniela Rogulj

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Glas Istre reports that the Berlin initiative United We Stream Balkan will present some of the most famous city locations in the region: Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Podgorica. Digital visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy live concerts on Fridays, starting January 8, from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Serbia. The stream can be followed on the YouTube channel and Facebook page United We Stream Balkan. The intention is for local audiences and people around the world to experience Balkan music, art, and culture through live streams on these websites and social platforms.

United We Stream is free for viewers, but donations are welcome. All revenues will contribute to the support of new business models and initiatives in music in the Balkans, but also provide funding for the initiative “Balkan Rivers – Save the ‘Blue Heart’ of Europe”.

Every Friday, one DJ from Croatia joins the live stream, starting with the Osijek collective Traum, in charge of electronic music parties. The team led by the fantastic DJ Insolate will also feature Walster, Kolek3k, Phrasal and Man from the Lab. Močvara club will lead the stream from Zagreb and will provide a selection from world music to punk and psychedelia. Finally, Rijeka club Crkva will take us back to electronic music with DJs Ana Antonova, Lemon, Borut Cvajner, Evan, and Life 4 Funk. The project was coordinated by the Balkan Advanced Music Conference from Sarajevo and implemented in each of the countries involved by the Goethe-Institut.

“Since March 18, 2020, we have managed to connect 92 cities, 363 locations, 1,800 artists, and 300 live streams and raise 1.5 million euros to support the club culture sector. With recently added streams from Asia, Sweden, and Australia to London, Paris and Madrid, UWS is slowly becoming the largest virtual club in the world,” says Danaja A. Volk, global project coordinator.

“In just nine months of the pandemic, the world of music has turned upside down. The current situation has left severe consequences for everyone in the cultural sector, whose community needs stronger support. That is why initiatives like UWS are crucial at the moment,” said Mersel Bujak, regional coordinator for the Balkans initiative.

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