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TÊTE-À-TÊTES: Presented by Sled Island & Byta
LOCKDOWN RADIO: A conversation with Radio Alhara about new internet radio in a time of restricted movement
The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival and Byta, the platform for sending digital audio files and streams, are proud to announce the first in a regular series of free, online conversations about the changing landscape of music called Tête-à-Têtes. The series debuts December 1st at noon MST with Lockdown Radio: a conversation with Radio Alhara about new internet radio in a time of restricted movement.

In a time of unprecedented restricted movement, where the global community is isolated, but brought together by a universal concern, it is no surprise that internet radio is experiencing a modern day renaissance. With three of Radio Alhara's founders living in the occupied and landlocked West Bank, they are uniquely situated to understand and discuss the role and importance of internet radio, particularly in times of geographic isolation.

Radio Alhara (the neighbourhood radio) was created in quarantine and broadcasts from Ramallah, Bethlehem and Amman. Founded with local purpose, yet quickly amassing a global audience, it exchanges ideas and music alike, as a real-time response to the unique Middle-Eastern experience of the pandemic.

Architect and DJ Elias Anastas (Bethlehem, Palestine) and DJ and graphic designer Saeed Abu-Jaber (Amman, Jordan) of Radio Alhara will be joined by CBC Radio Host (Brave New Waves) and former MUTEK Montreal curator, producer and editor Patti Schmidt (Montreal, Quebec) to discuss the history of radio in Palestine, where travel has been restricted pre-pandemic, the challenges facing landlocked and locked down artists alike, and the role the internet plays for artists in these challenging times.

Dec 1, 2020 12:00 PM in Edmonton

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Speakers

Patti Schmidt
CBC Radio & Former MUTEK Curator, Producer and Editor
Based in Montréal, Patti has been heavily involved in Canada's contemporary and underground music and arts communities for more than 25 years—from running labels to performing, making radio and programming events. Best known for her 17-year tenure at CBC Radio’s Brave New Waves, a national, nightly, new music program specialized in music and culture from the fringes and the future, she programmed, researched hosted and eventually assumed the executive producer role. She has contributed narration to several documentary films, including the modular synth cult film I Dream of Wires. From 2008 until 2019, she worked as a curator, editor and producer for the MUTEK festival of electronic music and digital creativity. She continues to work in digital arts and culture for a variety of organizations including, The British Council’s Amplify Digital Arts Initiative, Pride Toronto and Envision Management’s contemporary arts web portal 4-VU, and in their Artists & Development department.
Elias Anastas
Co-Founder @Radio Alhara
Architect and DJ Elias Anastas (Bethlehem, Palestine) is one of five co-founders of Radio Alhara. Radio Alhara (the neighbourhood radio) was created in quarantine and broadcasts from Ramallah, Bethlehem and Amman. Founded with local purpose, yet quickly amassing a global audience, it exchanges ideas and music alike, as a real-time response to the unique Middle-Eastern experience of the pandemic. With three of Radio Alhara's founders living in the occupied and landlocked West Bank, they are uniquely situated to understand and discuss the role and importance of internet radio, particularly in times of geographic isolation.
Saeed Abu-Jaber
Co-Founder @Radio Alhara
DJ and graphic designer Saeed Abu-Jaber (Amman, Jordan) is one of five co-founders of Radio Alhara. Radio Alhara (the neighbourhood radio) was created in quarantine and broadcasts from Ramallah, Bethlehem and Amman. Founded with local purpose, yet quickly amassing a global audience, it exchanges ideas and music alike, as a real-time response to the unique Middle-Eastern experience of the pandemic. With three of Radio Alhara's founders living in the occupied and landlocked West Bank, they are uniquely situated to understand and discuss the role and importance of internet radio, particularly in times of geographic isolation.