Rave is much more than the impulse of partying, it entails a refuge from gender prejudices, a quest of freedom away from moral standards, and even a pleasure in the act of rebellion.
The term "rave" first appeared in the fifties in England and was used to describe wild bohemian festivals that originated in the alternative youth culture.
Over the years, rave culture has changed but the desire of challenging the status quo is always present. Rave is much more than the impulse of partying, it entails a refuge from gender prejudices, a quest of freedom away from moral standards, and even a pleasure in the act of rebellion.
2020 will be remembered for many as a year that the night-life culture was holding its breath. However, despite all odds, it was also the year in which the Vietnamese rave collective Gãy decided to change the global rave scene, with the aim of bringing anarchy to the dance floor in a (post)pandemic Saigon, while calling time on mental health taboos. Both in Saigon and in the Vietnamese diaspora, the collective is organizing raves and art events that are a safe place for self-expression: They ensure that no one is left behind.
Join this talk to explore the various characteristics of rave as a counterculture. The importance of creating safe-spaces during pandemic times. The role of the diaspora in creating a global movement.
In collaboration with Jæger, Klassekampen and Goethe-Institut.
Mobilegirl - producer and DJ born in Munich, based in Berlin. She is known for her eclecticism in- and outside of music with her previous studies including design and computer science.
Levi Oi is sending the audience on a musical journey by expressing her emotions with deep infectious melodic tunes, strong baselines paired with a cheeky sprinkle of techno.
Within 5 months of DJ career, she played her first Boiler Room Debut in Ho Chi Minh City. Levi Oi was born and raised in Germany, but lived in Melbourne, Dubai, London and most recently Berlin before she moved to Saigon at the end of 2018 - to discover her roots and to become a DJ.
Kim Dürbeck (Kimichi) - Vietnamese-Norwegian experimental club music producer and DJ from Sandefjord, Norway.
Ola Smith-Simonsen - Owner, booker, resident DJ at Jaeger.
Martin Bjørnersen - Music journalist, Klassekampen Musikkmagasin.