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Music, Expo Zone, Workshop, Partner Content

Party with Heidy P.

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 11 PM Tell Me Bar, 12 Ivan Vazov St. Free entry with a festival pass or 15 BGN on the door Attend on Facebook

Heidy P. is one of the fastest up and coming names in Canadian electronic music. She started her musical journey 14 years ago DJing a weekly radio show on CISM 89.3 FM for several years. When not performing at venues and nightclubs across North America and Europe she hosts a monthly show on Radio Quantica and produces music with her project Rhythm Phazer which released a 7” vinyl on the Detroit imprint Vanity Press last summer. She has performed in multiple cities in the past few years including Berlin, Paris, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, New York, London, and Stockholm as well as having a string of guest mixes on online radio stations such as Rinse France, N.10.as and The Lot Radio. She has also performed at larger festivals and events such as MEG Montreal, Piknic Electronic, Dimensions, Electronic Peak, Mode & Design and many more. Montreal is her hometown but she has been based in Europe since 2016, Lisbon being her current corner of the globe.

Heidy P. is on Soundcloud, Facebook and Instagram.

Let’s Cyrillize!

Fontfabric typography workshop

16–17 November 2019 (Sat & Sun), 10 AM — 6 PM Missia23, 23 Mizia St. Separate tickets sold here Attend on Facebook

As part of the second edition of the Melba Design Festival, Fontfabric organizes a two-day typography workshop focusing on Bulgarian Cyrillic and the basic principles of font design. On November 16th and 17th at Missia23 we will talk about sketches, creative solutions, digital sanding, and some little secrets from Fontfabric Type Foundry's kitchen!

The number of participants in the event is limited to 20 people, and lectures and classes continue from 10AM to 6PM, with lunch breaks between 1PM and 2PM.

You can find more information on the Facebook event page

Young Balkan Designers

Exhibition with prototypes of product design. Partnering content with Missia23.

May — November 2019 Missia23, 23 Mizia St. Attend on Facebook

Young Balkan Designers (YBD) is a regional talent platform founded in 2011 with the aim to identify, promote and develop creative potentials of the Balkan region in the field of furniture, product and concept design.

Young Balkan Designers theme for 2019 is "Circular Design", called for design projects, products, concepts, services and scenarios that can bring the Balkans to the forefront of a much-needed paradigm shift in design, production and consumption, taking into consideration the challenges of climate change and exhaustion of resources.

More than 100 competition applications from 11 South - East European countries were received. The jury first selected 32 semi - finalists of the first round of the competition whose projects were exhibited in the Talent zone of Mikser Festival 2019 in Belgrade, from 24-26 May.

Based on the exhibited prototypes at Mikser Festival, and the designers presentations at Mikser’s Design Marathon, the jury members selected the final winners of the YBD19, whose prototypes are now included in YBD 2019 Traveling Exhibition.

Selected designers are preparing projects for the most prestigious global talent platform - Salone Satellite at the International Furniture Fair in Milan in April 2020.

Expo Zone

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 10 AM — 7 PM Hall 6 lobby, National Palace of Culture Entrance: Symposium or Festival Ticket

All symposium attendees will be treated well in the specially prepared expo zone with various extras like food and drinks court, selection of designs from Bulgarian creatives, quiet places to read, relax and enjoy your time while there.

Melba x SiteGround present: Lifting Power

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 6 PM SiteGround, 6 Olimpiyska St. Free entry

Talk and happening on the role new office buildings play in contributing to urban sustainability and a healthy working culture.

Opal Sunn Live

Friday, 8 November 2019, 10:30 PM Black Flamingo, 6 Graf Ignatiev St. Separate tickets sold here Attend on Facebook

During the Melba Design Festival, NEXT-DC will celebrate its 9th birthday with Opal Sunn — a live-performance duo with Japanese roots, reaching the depths of the world electronic stage.

Opal Sunn is a complex formulae made from the characters of Al Kassian and Hiroaki OBA. From the very beginning of his musical career, Al (Alex) has landed in the sight of renowned labels such as Paramida’s Love On the Rocks, Utopia Records by Alex Bradley or the London-based Phonica. The second half of the duo, Hiroaki, has passed through Tokyo’s music stage as a bass player for various bands before landing in Berlin, where he is currently based as a solo artist.

The duo’s tracks are a mixture of studio improvisations and playing around with their boundless approach towards music. A combination that has led to the release of their first double EP – Opal Sunn 1 & 2 (2017-2018), followed by Parallax (2018).

Check out Opal Sunn’s website, as well as their Soundcloud, Resident Advisor and Facebook pages.