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’90s Polish rave scene is the focus of new Southbank Centre short film programme

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London’s Southbank Centre is set to showcase a collection of short films celebrating the ‘90s Polish rave scene, as part of Kinoteka Polish Film Festival.

As part of Rave: Recharge, the centre will also be hosting an evening event with Polish DJs Catz ‘n Dogz, GW Harrison and Blanka Barbara — who are set to pay tribute to three decades of Polish dance music.

Taking place on March 22, eight short films will be shown exploring Poland’s famed underground rave culture of ‘90s.

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Many of these films are VHS footage transferred to digital video with films ranging from 20 minutes-long to 3 minutes.

As the description reads to Rave: Recharge, “techno was a key motif of the raves and underground dance events” which paralleled the political and economic system of Poland in the early 1990s.

“On one hand, raves were an expression of the optimism of this period of transformation. On the other, they manifested the anxieties of those times of social and technological acceleration,” the description continues.

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The after party is set to bring show more videography, futuristic lighting design as well as a further insight into the ‘90s Polish rave scene.

The Southbank Centre will also be championing South Asian music and culture this spring with a brand new series, South Asian Sounds.

Running earlier in March, the four-day series will showcase a “varied musical traditions” of the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Afghan music as well as featuring UK-based South Asian dance music collective and festival Dialled In.

Book tickets to Southbank Centre’s Rave: Recharge short film screenings here and tickets to the evening event are available to purchase here.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag’s Multimedia Editor, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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