Shoreditch arts centre Rich Mix will host a 20 day FREE celebration of Eastern European music, arts, films, culture, and European Championship Football.
The event taking place throughout June celebrates the UEFA's European Championship taking place in Poland and Ukraine.
All football matches will be shown for FREE on giant 15 x 10 foot screen. As soon as the final match finishes each day, the party will start with 20 days and nights of FREE live music and performances.
Rich Mix is teaming up with the finest Eastern European London-based artists, promoters and musicians to celebrate the very best of Eastern European culture in London.
Confirmed acts include Mahala Rai Banda (the only ticketed event), Warsaw Village Band Szászcsávás Transylvanian Gypsy Band, Alec Kopyt (Amsterdam Klezmer Band) Csergo Band, Tania Tzarovska, Tea Hodzic Trio, London Liming Eastern European Special, Radio Gagarin, Muha, Igor Outkine’s Man with Movie Camera, Arhai, Shekoyokh, Monooka’s Caravan, Shtetl Superstars, London Bulgarian Choir, Mazaika, PAiL and Deconstruction Project.
Kick off the festival in style on Thursday 7th June, with Mahala Rai Banda – an explosive fusion of Balkan and Gypsy rhythms and lightening-fast melodies from the Romanian band whose song featured all over the Borat soundtrack.
On Friday 8th June Csergo Band plays traditional folk and Gypsy music from Transylvania, where the mix of Hungarian, Romanian and Gypsy (Roma) rhythms and melodies intertwine and borders fade.
The Roma Support Group hosts a day of cultural workshops, live music, dance and art exhibitions on Sunday 10th June. On Thursday 21st June, award-winning Romanian singer-songwriter Monooka to perform traditional songs from the Carpathian Mountains in a powerful collaboration with three British musicians, Meg Hamilton, Matt Bacon and Paul Moylan.
Catch the Szászcsávás Band on Thursday 28th June featuring prímás (lead fiddle) Jámbor István whose nickname is Dumnezeu (or God in Romanian), and Csányi Sándor on fiddle, his son Alim playing kontra, and Alim's brother Sanyiko on double-bass.
On top of this Rich Mix will be hosting two art exhibitions, DJ nights, album launches, spoken word mash-ups plus the all-important Eastern European food and drink.
EASTERN EUROPEAN FESTIVAL
Wednesday 6th June to Sunday 1st July 2012
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London
For more information, visit http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/festival/euro-2012-festival/.