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Romanian festival Outernational Days takes place this weekend

The first edition of Outernational Days festival will take place in Bucharest from 1–3 July

Bucharest will host Outernational Days festival this weekend. Run by The Attic editorial team, this will be the festival's inaugural edition. “The project was born out of a cultural need [to explore] a very wide musical spectrum, to which the Romanian audience lacked access until now,” the organisers explain in their mission statement.

Outernational is a relatively new term used in musicology," they continue, and it refers to contemporary musical genres particular to peripheral cultures that do not identify with western norms [...] The Outernational movement is characterized first and foremost by diversity.”

The line-up includes Andy Votel, Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band, Booty Carrell, Dan Armeanca, Harry Tavitian, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Laurent Jeanneau, Rabih Beaini (with a premiere of his and Vincent Moon's A/V project), Raze de Soare and others. The Wire contributor Francis Gooding will also be present hosting a panel titled The Outernational Condition while Turkish musician Okay Temiz will host a percussion workshop.

For full details on performances, workshops, lectures and screening, visit Outernational Days will take place at various venues in Bucharest from 1–3 July.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids were featured in The Wire 389. View a selection of archival photos of Ackamoor and his cosmic comrades in The Wire's gallery.