We could not have imagined before how this year’s festival theme “TENDER SQUADS” has gained all the more urgency in the light of the COVID-19 crisis. The question of necessary alliances in the current late capitalist dystopia became essential for us, the artists involved and the venues we cooperate with.
The Balance Festival is a community event. “TENDER SQUADS” therefore also means that we had to find a solution to secure our funding and continue to pay the participating artists and speakers. And even if the experience in the club is not to be replicated and your beloved internet becomes exhausting, also our festival will be launched as a web version.
From 20–24 May, our website will feature DJ sets, lectures, multimedia texts, workshops, artist talks and audio-visual works. As a grand finale, we will release our Balance-Sampler “Various Artists - Tender Squads” on festival Sunday and, admittedly, fulfill our own heartfelt wish.
Our contributions continue to negotiate the same questions as before. Which constellations and alliances can be imagined for the emancipatory potential of a different world to unfold? Which alliances do we want to form and where do we have to insist on difference for our alternatives to be viable? What form of (feminist) care and support do we need for each other right now? Together with you we want to find out, more urgently than ever, how we can maximally destabilize structural inequalities.
So we are just another online festival and we are not. Balance remains a platform for local discourse on the seemingly boundless web. We just have to create this place differently now. The web version of the festival forms a digital bridge between us all.
The Balance Club / Culture Festival sees itself as an interface between club culture and social critique. The festival programme remains divided into the theme days RAVE CAPITALISM, HARDER, FASTER, FRAGILE and FORUM ALLYSHIP.
The online festival is free of charge, but we are happy if you can support us by buying a soli-ticket ♥ Thank you! We are looking forward to your feedback.
Bridge the distance, form a squad, stay in solidarity, leave no one behind!
Your Balance Crew
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Full ticket refund via Resident Advisor. Possibility to donate your ticket refund to Institut fuer Zukunft to support your favourite club in this crazy times or to buy a soli-ticket to support Balance Festival.
Ulla Heinrich, Peter Hermans, Jonas Holfeld, Anna Jehle, Anja Kaiser, Juliane Schickedanz, Marco Schott, Franz Thiem, Sarah Ulrich, Studio Unfun (Website Coding), Janine Müller & Konrad Behr (Video), Kante (Video)
Institut fuer Zukunft, UT Connewitz, Garage im Leipziger Osten + X
Kulturraum e.V. I Œuvre I Hyperreality I Emerged Agency I depart.one
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Missy Magazine I FrohFroh I Groove I ByteFM I Jungle World I Radio Blau I DJ LAB I Spex I tbc
Initiative Musik I Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen I Telekom Electronic Beats I Stadt Leipzig Kulturamt I
–– Shape Platform
SHAPE Showcase during BALANCE Club / Culture Festival 2020 is a cooperative initiative by depart.one and the SHAPE platform, presenting Moesha13, Lyzza, Animistic Beliefs, Tadleeh, Sarah Farina, Afrodeutsche.
SHAPE platform is co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.