Partying All. Night. Long. Rave Culture Descends on Bishkek
Bishkek's thriving dance scene stays underground.
This video first appeared at Kloop.kg.
The capital of Kyrgyzstan is a little late to the party on rave culture, but it is working hard to make up for lost time.
The underground get-togethers – known as Electronic Music Meets – began in Bishkek around four years ago. Before long, the scene began to evolve in different directions, with the drum 'n' bass crowd going one way and the techno aficionados in another.
The scene has been described as an emulation of the mass dance gatherings that swept Europe in the 1990s. But for many insiders, the draw of these events is personal – parties as a place for free expression, a place to feel comfortable in your own skin, without having to seek the approval of glamor-fixated trendsetters.
DJs complain though that it is hard to agree on suitable venues with the authorities. If the dance meets are held in a wide-open space, like a parking lot, it doesn’t take long for the police to turn up.
For now, the scene remains necessarily confined to the city’s bars and similar private locations.