Hiya Live, a new virtual festival has recently launched promotions debuting with an all-women lineup. The new event will have a focus on female artists around Southwest Asia and North Africa, and will be held on March 13th and 14th through various platforms.
The festival states that each act on the line-up makes music that "marks the milestones of recent history, responding to Intifadas, occupation, wars, exile, protests and invasions." The artist will broadcast live from the respective cities being available through platforms such as Radio Alhara, Disco Tehran, Future Female Sounds, Beirut Groove Collective and Mixcloud Live.
The event will markt the tenth anniversary of the Arabuprising as well as Women's History Month. Hiya Live describes itself as;
"a statement against the patriarchy."
Deena Abdelwahed, live electronic artist Liliane Chlela, Ramallah-based MC/producer Makimakkuk, Egyptian singer-songwriter Aya Metwali and Armenian-Austrian DJ Lucia Kagramanyan are among those scheduled to play the two-day festival. But next to live performances and DJ sets, poetry readings and interviews are also on the agenda.
The festival is organised by Lebanese journalist and DJ Shirine Saad together with Beirut Groove Collective co-founder Natalie Shooter. The event is an offshoot of Saad's podcast series HIYA ("her" in Arabic).
Source: Resident Advisor