Beat Weekend festival is held annually in October in 15 major Russian cities, presenting hits from the current year’s Beat Film Festival program. The goal of the project is to give viewers across the country the opportunity to see new documentaries about cultural phenomena and heroes that feel intriguing and relevant. Beat Weekend has become a significant cultural event in each of the cities it operates.
Just as with Beat Film Festival, Beat Weekend programs include not only screenings at top venues, but also special events and parties, discussions and public talks with experts, that help to put the festival hits in the local context. In most cases, Beat Weekend is organized in partnership with local teams: museum curators and journalists, music promoters and influencers.
In 2018, Sevcable Port creative space hosted the premiere of Skate Kitchen, a docudrama about skateboarding girls in New York. For the evening, the hangar of Sevkabel was transformed into the epicenter of a skate party with a ramp and a dance floor. The star of the party was Jamz Supernova, an up-and-coming name on the British dance music scene with her own show on BBC Radio and performances at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate Modern under her belt.
Before the start of Beat Weekend 2018, a festival partner, Yekaterinburg promo bureau Tesnota, together with local street artists, created street art objects dedicated to the pioneers of the movement - Jean-Michel Basquiat, Futura and Keith Haring. Their inspiration was Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat doc, which premiered at the Yeltsin Center, the main venue for Yekaterinburg's Beat Weekend.
For the premiere screening of Studio 54, Pobeda cinema has been revamped in the style of the iconic New York nightclub — with disco balls, music and an audience dressed in 1970s fashion.
The premiere of Beat Weekend 2017 most popular documentary All These Sleepless Nights took place at the Arsenal Center for Contemporary Art, located in the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin. A discussion with top Russian film critic Anton Dolin and journalist Anna Narinskaya followed the screening, exploring the nature of fiction and non-fiction films and the blurring of boundaries between genres.
The screening of B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin in Smena Center for Contemporary Culture continued with a party and a live performance of DEKA, a project by the renowned musicians and DJs Philip Gorbachev and Andrey Lee. The event was organized jointly with Kazan-based community of promoters Izolenta.