Culture 29 May 2020
United We Stream Asia launches this weekend from Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City… Read more here
The world’s music culture is facing the biggest challenge in its history. Since March, Asia’s nightlife was officially shut down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This meant that millions of employees and hundreds of thousands of artists are now suddenly without employment and the many venues, clubs, festivals, club nights and parties that are part of the Asian cities identity are on the brink of ruin. Most of them getting no support from their governments.
The launch of United We Stream Asia, which will kick off with a 3 day program from May 29th – 31st 2020 with a special weekend launch from Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. United We Stream is a non-profit streaming initiative started by Berlin clubs with the goal to raise funds for charity and to support music venues and individuals affected by Covid-19 related closures. Since United We Stream Berlin launched on March 19th of this year, in its first 2 weeks they raised over €500.000 and had 1 million hits in less than 24 hours. Having quickly and successfully expanded as far as the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Georgia and beyond, with 43 cities, 416 artists, 111 venues and counting. With United We Stream Asia, it will be the very first time the movement stretches beyond Europe and now bands together multiple countries and cities across the Asian continent.
In alliance with ARTE Concert, Clubbing TV, Clubcomission Berlin, Mixmag Asia and Homeaway Agency, UWS Asia will host a streaming platform of Asia’s venues several days a week. On one channel, we are able to take you on a journey through different countries, cities and cultures and will showcase the entire range and diversity of the club culture in Asia. Working towards the goal of raising awareness of the current situation and to not only unify Asia’s club culture but the world, building a community to support each other and giving a platform to showcase local talents to the rest of the world.
Supporters can join the movement and contribute a variable amount to Asia’s clubs via a crowdfunding platform: https://gogetfunding.com/united-we-stream-asia/
or support directly via bank transfer https://unitedwestream.asia/support. All income from the stream will go directly to a relief fund with 8% going to regional charity organisations. In the first month, this will be split down the middle and go to the Blue Dragon children’s foundation Vietnam and Scholars of Sustenance in Thailand and Indonesia.
The application and distribution of the remaining 92% of funds underlay a catalog of criteria, which will be examined by an independent jury of local Culture and Night Time Economy leaders.
With the support of the French Institute Vietnam, French Embassy and Goethe Institute we will kick off Friday May 29 at 7pm, in Ho Chi Minh City at the infamous The Observatory. Things will kick back up again at 8pm on Saturday, this time with two streams — one back in Vietnam and another in Thailand that runs through some of the best up-and-coming talents in the region. Sunday will shift the focus back on Vietnam again, but over to the Khu 13 x Haustek crew from 7pm to 11:30pm ICT. Following a program the week after from Bangkok again.
Where can i watch the stream?:
- follow us on Facebook (https://facebook.com/unitedwestream.asia) and get the notification when we go live
- ClubbingTV will broadcast the local stream in over 50 Countries (Friday and Sunday)
- ClubbingTV will stream it live on Youtube (Friday & Sunday)(clubbingtvofficial) &Twitch (clubbingtv)
- Arte Concert will stream it live on youtube (ARTE Concert), on their website (Concert – Konzerte live ) (Saturday)
United We Stream Asia Launch Program
in partnership with French Institute Vietnam & Goethe Institut
Friday 29th May | 19.00 – 24.00 ICT
Live From The Observatory | Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
With Anh-Vy, Vynnibal, Kin, Khoi Mai, park:ING
Saturday 30th May | 15.00 – 24.00 CEST
The Lighthouse | Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
With Steffen Sonnenschein, Teruu, Jonathan Be b2b Tristyan
Safe Room | Bangkok | Thailand
With DOTT, Elaheh, Marmosets
Glow | Bangkok | Thailand
With Mendy Indigo, Victoria Gewinnen, Wintix
Live From Arcan | Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
With DEMA, MIT, Wasabae
Sunday 31st May | 19.00 – 24.00 ICT
Live From KHU13 x Haustek
With Minoto, Tizone, Tri Minh (live), Redsheep, Thuc, Ro-Tune
Music communities all over the world are facing one of the biggest challenges in history — clubs have been shuttered and festivals banned. In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the music industry — which usually thrives in nightclubs and at live events — is effectively no more. In Asia alone, thousands of artists and music industry employees have been left without work and the venues, clubs, festivals, club nights and parties that define Asia’s music community are on the brink of extinction, with many of them getting no support from the government.
Enter United We Stream Asia.
Together with ClubbingTV, ARTE Concert, Clubcommission Berlin and Mixmag Asia, United We Stream Asia will broadcast from inside clubs across Asia to the world, showcasing the entire range and diversity club culture in Asia on one channel to raise awareness surrounding the many facets of the current climate.
During the streams, viewers will be able to donate a variable amount via a fundraising platform. All income from the stream will go directly to a relief fund with 8 % going to a regional charity.
Where will the relief fund go? To those in Asia who need it the most. Cultural organisations, performance venues and bars from countries across Asia can all apply for the funds (artists can go through their respective clubs). Applications for the fund will go to an independently appointed jury made up of local culture and night-time economy leaders.
We understand that transparency is paramount, and we’ll be announcing more information on how you can donate, who the participating charities are and how the funds will be distributed.
It might have taken a pandemic but finally, local talents are being given a platform to showcase their music to the rest of the world. The clubs, the DJs, the promoters…we need them and they need us. United We Stream, Asia.
United We Stream Asia will be launching across Asia this month. Look out for more details here.