The first Barcelona phase of activities of We Are Europe –8 associated major European festivals– was completed at the recent Sónar 2016 and Sónar+D 2016. This time, we collaborated with Elevate and Reworks.
In collaboration with Elevate, ‘Decentralize’ was a series of talks and workshops in tune with the activist content of the Austrian festival, a call to regain control over our communications through alternative social networks, private cloud systems and citizen telecommunications networks. The possibilities of blockchain as a tool for cultural distribution that eliminates intermediaries, as well as financing through open crowdfunding platforms were also discussed.
Elevate presented The Nøtel, a live performance by Kode9 featuring visual artist Lawrence Lek. Both artists also participated in a talk on the concepts in which their collaboration is based on.
Then, Reworks curated the line-up for SonarVillage stage on Saturday, featuring live shows by Tendts, Ivy Lab, Nozinja, Badbadnotgood, Section Boyz, Troyboi, Ed Banger House Party and Ison (Anastasios Diolatzis), DJ and organiser of this Greek festival.
Reworks also presented ‘The Shockwaves of the Sonic Boom’, a talk that gathered renowned figures of the major electronic music events scene from both sides of the Atlantic: agent David Levy (Massive Attack, Björk), promoter Richard McGinnis (The Warehouse Project) and manager Matt Colon.
One of the most popular activities at Sónar+D, Meet the Expert, featured members of We Are Europe such as Pierre-Marie Oullion, art director and head of management at Arty-Farty, organisers of Les Nuits Sonores (Lyon), Anastasios Diolatzis from Reworks (Thessaloniki) and Bernhardt Steirer from Elevate (Graz).
We Are Europe 2016 is focused on cultural entrepreneurship. Forthcoming We Are Europe dates featuring Sónar and Sónar+D will take place in September and October 2016 at TodaysArt (The Hague, Netherlands) and Insomnia Festival (Tromsø, Norway), respectively.