Sled Island and Byta Announce the inaugural Tête-À-Têtes: LOCKDOWN RADIO

Sled Island and Byta Announce the inaugural Tête-À-Têtes: LOCKDOWN RADIO

Our new music conference Tête-À-Têtes: LOCKDOWN RADIO. A conversation with Radio Alhara about new internet radio in a time of restricted movement

The inaugural Tête-à-Têtes music conference presented by Sled Island & Byta

The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival and Byta are proud to announce their new series of free, online conversations. The Tête-à-Têtes series will look into the changing landscape of music. The series debuts December 1st at noon MST.

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

Created in quarantine Radio Alhara (the neighbourhood radio) 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 join CBC Radio Host (Brave New Waves) and former MUTEK Montreal curator, producer and editor Patti Schmidt (Montreal, Quebec).

Topics of conversation:

  • the history of radio in Palestine and pre-pandemic travel restrictions
  • the challenges facing landlocked and locked down artists alike
  • the role the internet plays for artists in these challenging times.