WORK IN PROGRESS: THE FUTURE OF MUSICAL FESTIVALS
What has a festival become nowadays? How can we work to shape these celebrations to represent our communities more faithfully? Nowadays the festival format has established itself as the great musical event capable of concentrating ideas, concepts and all kinds of audiences. They are conceived as mass meetings not only focused on hedonistic enjoyment or consumption, but also as an entity that must convey a personality, a message. Where is the format heading to? Our guests will reflect on the general idea and its consequences, as well as the factors that lead them to agglomerate some trends or neutralize certain elements. A proactive dialogue about the future of festivals and their possible growth paths.
Abraham Rivera is director and announcer of Retromanía in Radio 3, collaborator in eldiario.es and El País’ Tentaciones, in addition to curating exhibitions and cycles in spaces such as Matadero, Conde Duque or CA2M in Madrid. Besides these aspects linked to the world of art, he also takes care of the programming of musical festivals such as MMC Eco, again in the cultural center Conde Duque, and Electrónica en Abril, in La Casa Encendida, one of the key events to keep up with trends in the contemporary electronic music landscape.
Alex Nikolov & Paloma Fernandez – Loom Festival (Barcelona), an interdisciplinary art festival held at the Utopia126 modernist factory in Poblenou, that combines installations, performances, workshops, lectures and live shows, creating a true immersive and interactive experience. In their commitment to break with the classic formula in which the public and the artist or the work are separated by elevated scenarios, fences or “do not touch” signs, they propose a space where creativity becomes a tool for free exchange, source of entertainment and information. / www.loom-collective.com
Alberto Nerone – Mutek ES (Barcelona) celebrates ten years as one of the seven current venues of a festival that has always always opted for diversity and risk, with identical attention to the global environment and local expression. The MUTEK International Network was born as a platform for the dissemination and development of digital creativity in sound, music, audiovisual arts and technology and, after two decades conducting festivals, symposia and academic programs in Montreal, it expanded its circuit to Mexico City, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, San Francisco and Dubai. / www.mutek.org
Antonio José Albertos Angel – Volumens (Valencia) is an “audiovisual exploration festival” with a clear sensory vocation, where both sight and hearing are stimulated with a single objective: to transform the research and audiovisual exploration into art, although without neglecting learning and a sense of humor. Headquartered in the Center of Contemporary Culture Carme, its programming is divided into two spaces: the Sound Room (located in the Renaissance Cloister) and the AV Room (in the Refectori room), designed to trace vanishing points between the two disciplines. http://www.volumens.es/
[ THURSDAY 12 | 16:30 | CIDADE DA CULTURA ]