Roma Illegale

FIlm - Fri 28 April 2023
WORM Rotterdam
WORM Central Station
Start → 20:00
End → 03:00

Roma Illegale

An audiovisual cut from the underground scene, with a screening of ROMA ILLEGALE, an Italian DIY documentary about illegal raves during the 90’s, followed by an After Party exploring the subversive genres of hard electronics.

Attention: Film Screening starts at 20:00 // Party starts at 22:00

// SCREENING followed by a Q&A with Andrea Scarcella (FILMMAKER), Anna Bolena (WRITER / DJ) and ‘Qwerty’ (TRANSLATOR) //

// DJ sets by Ignite (BE/NL), Anna Bolena (IT/DE) and Link (NL) //
Tickets (only) for the party will be available at the door from 9:45pm.
Cost: 5€ , please note that there is a limited availability of 100 tickets.

Roma Illegale (Illegal Rome) is a DIY documentary about the illegal party scene in Rome from the early 90s onwards. From the first semi-legal commercial parties, to the heavily politicized Illegal Rave movement that lasted a few years and was then replaced by the free party movement "exported" by the tribes that left the UK after the Criminal Justice Act.

Hosted by: Aleksandra Stoichkova

DIY documentary, written and directed by Andrea Scarcella
with: Leo Anibaldi, Kernel Panik, Warbear, Massimo Canevacci, Anna Bolena, Minimal Rome, Paolo Zerla, Er Duka
duration: 80min.
production year: 2021
Italian with English subtitles
soundtrack: Leo Anibaldi

Rome in the 90s was a terrain of deep musical and social experimentation. At the beginning of the decade a group of pioneering producers and DJs came into contact with the sounds of a new musical genre that from North America, UK and Germany is expanding throughout Europe. It is the dawn of TECHNO and the "SOUND OF ROME" ends up conquering the city; from the city center to the suburbs, everyone dances to these new electronic rhythms in musical gatherings with sound pressures never heard before.

As such, Rome becomes a popular destination for DJs and most acclaimed producers in the world. Thanks to local artists such as Lory D, Leo Anibaldi, Andrea Benedetti and others, even Rome, such as London, Berlin, Chicago and Detroit, can boast rave parties with guests of the calibre of Aphex Twin and Robert Armani. But the greed of the organizers takes over and so these "semi-legal" raves from events organized for the love of music and aggregation become easy outlets for unsavory characters, they expose themselves to fascist and criminal infiltrations that have little to do with creativity and musical experimentation.

Rooted in the squatter’s movement (CENTRI SOCIALI OCCUPATI), such as Spaziokamino in Ostia, Forte Prenestino, Pirateria and Breakout in Rome, a crew decides that if you can’t find the music and parties you want anywhere you might as well organize it yourself. Broadcasts on pirate radio stations are born (Hard Raptus on Radio Onda Rossa) and the need for these young people to get out of their jobs with the aim of connecting with the metropolis and self-organizing fun is becoming more and more pressing. They come into contact with a segment of the urban proletariat that, orphaned of commercial raves, no longer has a real space to express themselves– starting the season of ILLEGAL RAVES, an instrument that after almost 30 years from the events recounted in the documentary still manages to bring tens of thousands of people across the world into the practice of employment and self-management in a totally unpredictable way for the institutions.


IGNITE (BE/NL) – [ Narcosis ]
Ignite has been burning up dance floors since 2007 with her unique track selection and dark, hypnotic, acidic beats. She is known for creating an atmosphere of dance floor stress and high energy. Her sets are designed to get the crowd moving and grooving, and she never fails to deliver.

ANNA BOLENA (IT/DE) – [ Idroscalo Dischi / Witches Are Back ]
Bolena has been a very active part of the early rave scene of the 90’s in Rome, and is now living in Berlin since 2004. As a musician, producer, writer, video maker and event organizer, Bolena has taken part in several international music and video festivals. She is interested in innovations and challenges and runs the music and video production Idroscalo Digitale and the label Idroscalo Dischi. She is currently collaborating with the Detroit-based Mixworks and participates as an important part of the Witches Are Back music label project.

LINK (NL) – [ ZMK / Move Around Sound / Mechanism ]
Link is the collaborative project of DJ Easy-B & OBX, both long standing figures in the Dutch freeparty scene. They are a driving force behind the infamous ZMK Soundsystem and the Double Cross collective. Besides organizing parties they are responsible for releasing numerous records under different independent records labels such as Chronicle Disorder, Rattaplan, Double Cross, Zombie Kru, Obnoxious and Mechanism. Inspired by the midninetees European DIY Culture the duo has been communicating their own style of freeparty sound that manifests in multiple deck DJ sets which transmit a mix of
acid, breakbeats and technoid digital hardcore.

DJ sets:
2230-2330—Ignite (BE/NL)
2330-0100—Anna Bolena (IT/DE)
0100-0300—Link (NL)


The RAVE is about artistic expression, musical experimentation, horizontality, empathy and social inclusion. //

RAVE: Fully entitled as the last great counterculture born in the twentieth century, which between ups and downs has been able to transform and renew itself in the era of digital communication, while evading the market. A cultural bridge between generations that knows no borders and barriers of any kind.





Roma Illegale (Illegal Rome) is een DIY documentaire over de illegale partyscene in Rome vanaf begin jaren 90. Van de eerste semi-legale commerciële partijen tot de zwaar gepolitiseerde illegale rave-beweging die een paar jaar duurde en daarna werd vervangen door de ‘freeparty’-beweging die werd ‘geëxporteerd’ door collectieven die het Verenigde Koningrijk verlieten na de ‘Criminal Justice Act’ in 1994.

DIY-documentaire, geschreven en geregisseerd door Andrea Scarcella
met: Leo Anibaldi, Kernel Panik, Warbear, Massimo Canevacci, Anna Bolena, Minimal Rome, Paolo Zerla, Er Duka
duur: 80min.
productiejaar: 2021
Italiaanse gesproken met Engelse ondertiteling
soundtrack: Leo Anibaldi