On Thursday 27 April, Unleash is honored and excited to announce the screening of RAVING IRAN at Village Underground, a documentary that lifts the lid on Tehran’s underground electronic music scene and follows the life of DJ’s Anoosh and Arash aka Blade & Beard.
Anoosh and Arash started organizing “Burning man” styled raves together in Iran back in 2008. These parties were located in the middle of the desert 1000km away from Tehran and were of course illegal and very risky to put together. Finding trustworthy people at the time to help, managing the parties, from location to equipment was near to impossible. The duo was always aware of the dangers these activities brought with them and they had to stay as far away as possible from the radical police forces. Watch the trailer here.
Organizing a party in Iran is a crime, and is punished by law. Both Anoosh and Arash have been arrested several times and almost beaten to death by the police, however even this did not stop them to follow their passion for music.
The parties eventually started attracting tourists and also the director of the “Raving Iran” documentary, Susanne Regina Meures, who followed the parties and the life of Blade & Beard closely and with extreme compassion.
In 2013 Anoosh and Arash were invited to travel to Switzerland and perform at the Street parade after which they decided to stay in Switzerland and seek asylum for the sake of a better life.
Fast forward to today, and the pair is on the merge of a long and fruitful career, starting their own label in April 2017 and showcasing some of the best young talents around.
To know more about this extraordinary story, we invite you to purchase a ticket via the resident advisor link here. All profits from this event will go to the charities listen below. You will have the possibility to donate different amounts via RA or you can donate directly supporting the cause via the Just Giving link also below. Moreover, you can follow to facebook event to keep up to date.
This is a CHARITY event and all proceeds will go to:
2. Crisis – the national charity for homeless people
19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Drinks
21:00 – 22:30 Screening of Raving Iran
22:30 – 23:00 Q&A with Blade&Beard
23:00 – 02:00 DJ set from Blade&Beard (UK Debut)
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