Fifty Lab, the festival of musical discoveries from your sofa

Until the end, Fifty Lab will have believed in it. But the pandemic will have once again upset cultural plans. However, there was no question of abandoning the second edition of the festival which had shaken up the Belgian musical landscape with a different concept. It is adapting and will finally be held online this Friday, November 20, from 4 p.m. ” After establishing a plan A, a plan B and a plan C, the latest measures of the Belgian government forced us to find a plan D: the Digital Lab “, Explained the organizers in a statement. Frustrating, even if this remains excellent news for music lovers in the midst of this ambient gloom.

100% Belgian poster

Confinement or not, the concept does not change. Dedicated to discovery, the event asked other festivals to present their latest favorites. Result: a 100% Belgian poster this time, proposed by the Primavera Sound (Spain), Dour (Belgium), Les Vieilles Charrues (France), Plisskën Festival (Greece), Body & Soul (Ireland) and Best Kept Secret ( Netherlands).

These curators have thus selected David Numwami, Frenetik, Annabel Lee, Céline Gillain, Echt !, Jaguar Jaguar, Dolly Bing Bing, Meskerem Mees, Iliona, Rachel Sassi & Victor De Roo, Reinel Bakole, as well as Meyy. Is “ the crème de la crème of the rising Belgian scene », Says the Fifty Lab team. Each artist, to be discovered comfortably from your sofa, will be entitled to a video capsule which will present them in depth, with extracts from their concerts, exclusive interviews and backstage images. In a context where the coronavirus has put events on hold, the organizers are more than ever motivated to support the artists – who will be paid for their performances – and to show that “ culture does not stop. »

Concretely, the festival starts at 4 p.m. on this site. Not available at this time? No problem, the twelve videos will stay online and can be viewed later, separately or as a mini-series, all for free.

Cinema side

Another event, another meeting. For moviegoers, the Cinemamed will also take place online from November 26 to December 5. For its 20th edition, the Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival is reinventing itself, moving to the Belgian Sooner platform. On the program: a range of films with engaging, daring and touching stories, sometimes presented exclusively, which will allow you to travel from Spain to Turkey, via Palestine and Serbia. Here, the slogan is more or less the same: “Continue to bring cinema to life”.

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