Beats of Freedom

4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Rebel Waltz, a weekend-long underground music festival taking place November 6–7, features six bands that got their start behind the Iron Curtain. Their music was a form of political rebellion in the 1980s, carrying coded messages against oppressive regimes. Now, Rebel Waltz gives New York audiences a rare opportunity to experience the suppressed voices of a triumphant generation: Psi Vojaci (Czech Republic), Bez ladu a skladu (Slovak Republic), Timpuri Noi (Romania), Kontroll Csoport (Hungary), Dezerter (Poland), and Pankrti (Slovenia).

Rebel Waltz also includes a public discussion with the bands and a screening of Beats of Freedom, a documentary about Polish music of the 1980s.

Rebel Waltz is presented by the Hungarian Cultural Center in collaboration with the Czech Center New York, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic, and the Consulate General of Slovenia. Rebel Waltz is part of Extremely Hungary, a year-long festival celebrating contemporary Hungarian cultural events throughout 2009 in New York City and Washington, DC. Additional support for Rebel Waltz is provided by Trust for Mutual Understanding.

The public discussion is co-sponsored by The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies.


For more information about other Rebel Waltz events please visit the Polish Cultural Institute website.


Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 5th floor

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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