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RIP Dis-patch Festival

The organisers of Serbia's Dis-patch festival have announced the demise of the annual festival of new music in Belgrade. Running from 2002, Dis-patch hosted a range artists including Jamie Lidell, Murcof, Caribou, Monolake, Vladislav Delay/Luomo alongside running a wide variety of workshops, lectures, exhibitions and film screenings. According to Dis-patch, running the festival was always financially challenging, but "with the senseless government 'reconstruction' and the general social-political climate, there is too little hope that initiatives like this can survive..." Though they've had to shut down the festival, the organisers will continue to produce events in Serbia and futher afield, click here for more details (and a memorial video).