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Eurobeats Music Festival


The new EUROBEATS Music Festival, running May 2-10, 2018, celebrates the variety and richness of European music and talent at various venues in Washington, DC. Supported by European Embassies the festival will present music across all genres and screen films about European music. #eurobeatsDC

The following countries are represented with live music and/or music films:



French Waves:
30 years of French electronic music

(Screening, conference and DJ set)

When: May 10, 2018
Where: Dupont Underground 1500 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Julian Starke’s 65 minutes documentary French Waves is a take on French electronic music from the younger generation’s perspective. Based around a series of interviews with iconic artists from the origins and the present of French electro, it tracks the American roots of techno and house music and the era of illegal raves and showcases the newest wave of French artists, exploring how the successors of this modern history are making it their own. French Waves tells the extraordinary tale of French Touch, a style of music that has been pivotal in the recondition of electro music around the world.

The screening will be followed by a presentation and a DJ set by French DJ Maxime.


“Just Another Foundry”
(Jazz Concert)

When: May 6, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Goethe-Institut Washington 1990 K Street NW, Suite 03 (Entrance 20th Street NW, lower level), Washington, DC

Jazz in the Basement presents the band “Just Another Foundry”, a contemporary Jazz trio from Cologne, Germany. The trio includes Jonas Engel (Saxophone), Florian Herzog (Bass), and Stephen Boegehold (Drums).


Dimitri Vassilakis Trio

When: May 2, 2018, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studios, 3100 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

The Hellenic Foundation for Culture, with support from Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, presents saxophonist Dimitri Vassilakis. He’ll be joined by two of the best jazz musicians in New York — bassist Essiet Essiet, a collaborator of Art Blakey, and drummer Sylvia Cuenca — as well as dancers from Word Dance Theater, a Washington DC-based dance company.


Original Quartet
(World Music & Jazz Concert)

When: May 8, 2018, 7:00 pm
Where: NYU DC 1307 L St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Original Quartet explores the roots of Andalusian music with a repertoire that includes old poems and songs from Iraq, Sephardi compositions and Indian traditional pieces, as well as modern compositions created specifically for this project.


Soniqua Sequence
Film & Music Performance)

When: May 2, 2018, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: House of Sweden, 2900 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

This evening we take off on a journey through an audiovisual live performance - an improvised cinematic session with unique footage and sounds from "Sonica Sequence", that serves as an introduction to the documentary screening that is to follow. We will end up with an extended Q&A, with both Lisa and Pether giving us their insight to the project and their experience.



Vinyl Generation (Czech Republic)
The Punk Syndrome (Finland)
Sonica Sequence (Sweden)

When: May 6, 2018, 12 pm - 4 pm
Where: House of Sweden, 2900 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

12:00 noon | Vinyl Generation
by Keith Jones, 73 min

In 1980s Communist Czechoslovakia an emerging generation took inspiration from alternative culture to create their own worldview, politics and eventually, a revolution. 25 years later, this unique generational perspective is explored for the first time in this documentary.

1:30 pm | The Punk Syndrome
by Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passia, 85 min

A documentary about Finland's most kick-ass punk rock band, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät; the band members, Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami, all musicians with intellectual disabilities, play their music with a lot of attitude and pride.

3:00 pm | Sonica Sequence
by Sebastian Pena, Manne Kjellander and Ake Linton, 55 min

A film about connecting within the unifying language of music with Swedish musician Lisa Nordström travelling with her electronic instruments to Cuba, Japan, Cyprus, and Indonesia encountering musicians she has never met before.

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