The Finest Middle Eastern Indie Culture Open Air
**** Screening of Yallah Underground
**** Live: Maii and Zeid
**** Live: Kabreet
**** DJs: SHINS-K & Miranda De La Frontera & Jabali
**** PopUp Shop حجر ورقة مقص Rock Paper Scissors
Berlin Premiere Screening of Farid Eslam’s Yallah! Underground
Yallah Underground follows some of today’s most influential and progressive artists in Arab underground culture from 2009 to 2013 and documents their work, dreams and fears in a time of great change for Arab societies.
In a region full of tension, young Arab artists in the Middle East have struggled for years to express themselves freely and to promote more liberal attitudes within their societies.
During the Arab Spring, like many others of this new generation, local artists had high hopes for the future and took part in the protests. However, after years of turmoil and instability, young Arabs now have to challenge both old and new problems, being torn between feelings of disillusion and a vague hope for a better future.
Winner of Hessischer Filmpreis for Best Documentary Film 2015 and Grand Prix for Best Film at Gaspe Vues sur Mer Festival 2016 in Canada
Maii and Zeid (Cairo and Beirut)
Maii and Zeid; a one of a kind Arabic Indie Pop number from Alexandrian singer, songwriter and guitarist Maii Waleed and Lebanese producer Zeid Hamdan , an icon of Arab indie music culture, co-founder of the triphop duo Soapkills and Zeid and the Wings.
Their music incorporates exquisite melodies, subtle beats and introspective lyrics. Maii sings the way she speaks, with a slang approach to romanticism, and never fails to use her imagination and witty sense of humour. Meanwhile Zeid’s skill and creativity production-wise and on the instruments remain apparent, merging perfectly with Maii’s ethereal energy without imposing on the day-dreamy aura that surrounds their collective product.
Kabreet (Berlin via Yemen)
The German-Yemeni duo just released its debut album “Momken Bokra” (“Maybe Tomorrow”) combining singer Ibi Ibrahim’s highly fragile and yet passionate voice and songwriting with Hanno Stecher’s electrifying percussion beats and hypnotic synthesizer sounds. A unique music style, that seems to constantly shift between continents and cultures, while revealing the duo’s strong determination to built bridges between different approaches and backgrounds.
Miranda De La Frontera (Berlin) & Muhammad Jabali (straight outta Tayibe)
SHINS-K (Berlin via Tokyo)
Producer and DJ from Japan, Based in Berlin since 2008. One of the curator of Aiwa أيوة – Beats, Rhymes & Beyond from the Arab world –(Arabic Hip-Hop,Beats Event/Project in Berlin).
Although, he usually produces & plays more bass-heavy experimental electronic music, his love for hip-hop has been always in his soul and in the past years, he has been fascinated and inspired by hip-hop from the arab world and started networking with different rappers and producers from the region.
For the Conscious Pariah event, he’ll be playing some exclusive beats from the Arab world as well as diverse selections of middle eastern music.
Pop Up Shop by حجر ورقة مقص Rock Paper Scissors Haifa
Cool designs on shirts, tote bags and more.
Oriental Street Food