REFUGE WORLDWIDE

WORKSHOP TOUR

In our ongoing efforts to empower, enable and inspire the next generation of music makers and DJs, we’ve teamed up with Berlin radio station Refuge Worldwide to conduct an EU-wide DJ workshop tour across 11 cities during October, November, and December of 2022.

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Each workshop on the tour will be accompanied by a club night, following the workshop. One of the DJs playing at the club night will host the DJ workshop and give a tutorial, before participants have time to try out playing on a club setup for the first time.

A continuation of our partnership with Refuge Worldwide on the Zaatari Radio workshops in Amman, and our bi-monthly Freedom To Create talk show on Refuge Worldwide, these DJ workshops are aimed at empowering a new generation of DJs, creating free access to DJ equipment, removing barriers to entry and striving for greater diversity in the DJ community.

Artists booked for the 11 dates include Mark Ernestus, THC, Bradley Zero, Yen Sung, Charisse C, PLO Man, Konduku, Shannen SP, Roska, DJ Fart In The Club, Stella Zekri, Laura BCR, plus station residents such as Sarah Farina, CCL, Gramrcy, Ophélie, Sally C, O.N.A, YUI and Refuge co-founders No Plastic and Richard Akingbehin.

Apply to be part of the DJ workshops by filling out the form below and be sure to check out the party lineups here.

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Q&A

With your very first Refuge Worldwide club and DJ workshop tour starting on October 1st, what’s your vision behind taking the radio station on the road?

We have been so inspired by the workshops and parties we host in Berlin and wanted to take that vibe to some other cities around Europe. We can’t wait to connect with the crews and crowds of these venues, and also to bring some of our residents and admired artists along for the ride. The workshops before the parties are our way of providing something extra for the local music community - we are grateful for the support of AIAIAI to be able to realise this.

What was your process behind selecting the tour stops and identifying the individual venues in each city?

Mainly it’s just places we would like to go visit and party ourselves, and venues we feel have a similar ethos. Some of the promoters and club residents also have come through our space to do radio shows before, so it’s nice to go and visit them now.

What can the participants in the DJ workshops expect from the events?

The participants will get an hour-long tutorial from some awesome DJs, each with their own unique style, and they will get a chance to have a quick mix on a high-level club setup and soundsystem afterwards. Hopefully it inspires some people to push on with their development as an artist and also creates connections between them and the venue.

What are some of the things you are looking to achieve by connecting and collaborating with like-minded communities across Europe?

We are of course looking to grow our community and listenership, but also looking to offer opportunities for some of our residents to play big international venues for the first time. Most of all, we’re excited to meet a lot of like-minded people and have a good time. Who knows what can come out of those new friendships.

While you identify as a radio station, we at AIAIAI see your community as much more than that. Could you explain some of the activities and projects Refuge Worldwide is doing outside of hosting the radio station?

Yes, the radio is the core of what we do, but the project is expanding far beyond that, into extensive workshops, podcast production, online and print editorial, parties and more community initiatives.

What’s next for Refuge Worldwide?

The next big projects are our annual Regenerate Festival weekend, taking place at the end of September, the launch of a daily breakfast show and chat room in October, and, of course, this tour!

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IN AMMAN

Earlier this year, we teamed up with Zaatari Radio and Refuge Worldwide to build a studio and deliver four weeks of workshops and talks at the 7Hills skatepark in the Jordanian capital.

At the Al-Raseef urban education space at the 7Hills skatepark in Amman, Zaatari Radio has been collaboratively working alongside Refuge Worldwide, the local community, and other partners to build a recording studio in the heart of downtown Amman.

Four weeks of workshops and talks were delivered by musicians, artists, and industry experts, aimed at young people from marginalised communities in Amman. Participants had the opportunity to create radio shows to be broadcast throughout Jordan and on Refuge Worldwide, which resulted in subsequent radio residencies on the station.

Now that the project is over, the pop-up studio and all donated equipment remains in place at 7Hills, to become a lasting resource for the local community.

We caught up with Zaatari Radio founder Tom Critchley and three local participants to find out how the project went, their future goals and ambitions, the music scene over in Amman, and more.

FREEDOM

TO CREATE

Freedom To Create is our new six-part talk show series, broadcasting live on Refuge Worldwide.

The bi-monthly episodes will explore themes of identity, migration, and music creation through hour-long live interviews curated and moderated by Refuge Worldwide’s Editor, Chloe Lula.

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ACTIVITIES

Find out more about our community activities across the globe or follow us on Instagram to get updated on what we are up to, and who we are collaborating with to empower, enable and inspire the music creator and DJ community in your area.

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