Horizon 2020 is the framework programme for funding research and innovation in the European Union over the next five years. Within it, the European Commission is beginning “STARTS Science, Technology and the ARTS”, an initiative that brings together artists and researchers for creative innovation in information technologies. STARTS will facilitate the arts community’s participation and involvement in Horizon 2020 projects. The goal is to create a large community of engineers, innovators, designers and artists, developing lasting forms of interdisciplinary collaboration. In order to kickstart this community, the European Commission will be presenting a selection of essential projects from all over Europe at Sónar+D, showing how artists can be integrated as a key agent in innovation projects. These projects, by leading organizations all over the continent, have been funded by various European Union programmes and calls. As well as the STARTS space in MarketLab, the European Commission will also be conducting participatory experiments on the +D stage by Mazda Rebels and meetings with project researchers and creators.
Meanwhile, the Sónar festival and Sónar +D is one of the eight projects selected by the European Union, along with seven other festivals, to form the Culture Creative Europe programme starting in 2016, Over three years, it will work towards promoting mobility among European cultural creators and entrepreneurs, creating synergies between the participating cultural organizations and promoting the creation of an open and stable forum for discussion and implementation of the programme’s areas of action: cultural entrepreneurship, the role of culture in the cities of the future and new cultural activism as a driving force for innovation.
The European Commission has also funded two research and innovation projects that will be presented at the Music Hack Day, Rapid Mix and Music Briks, which will be presented to the participants, giving them access to technologies developed by research centres including MTG, IRCAM, Fraunhofer and the Technical University of Vienna.