Creativity is one of the main forces transforming reality in the 21st Century.
Today, the ideas, languages and tools coming from the new creative communities are having a deep impact beyond the limits of creative industries and the arts. From technological innovation to business to social change, all industries and sectors are being transformed by the capacity of creators to inspire and explore new worlds.
Sónar+D is an international congress exploring how creative minds are changing our present and imagining new futures, in collaboration with researchers, innovators and business leaders from all sectors and industries.
Since 2013, this antidisciplinary meeting of communities and iconic names brings together in Barcelona leading artists, creative technologists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, thinkers, scientists, entrepreneurs, makers and hackers.
For thousands of professionals and enthusiasts from more than 100 countries, Sónar+D is a unique and inspirational environment, open and relaxed, where to discover groundbreaking new work and find opportunities, learn new skills, network and showcase their initiatives. Four very intense days of talks, demos and workshops, tech shows and exhibitions, immersive experiences, one on one mentoring and community meetups, and much more.
Participants in the first five years of the event include names like Björk, Brian Eno, Bruce Sterling, Skrillex, Matthew Herbert, Susan Rogers, Gene Kogan, Zach Lieberman, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto), Yancey Strickler (Kickstarter), Google Artists and Machine Intelligence, Google Magenta, Kate Crawford, Aaron Koblin, Chris Milk, Jean Michel Jarre, James Murphy, David Cuartielles (Arduino), littleBits, School for Poetic Computation, Mozilla Foundation, United Nations VR, ustwo games (Monument Valley), United Visual Artists, Daito Manabe, Spotify, Microsoft Research, Vimeo and many others. Scientific Research institutions like NASA, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, ALMA Astronomical Observatory, The Long Now Foundation and universities such as MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Royal College of Art, Queen Mary University of London, IED or La Salle have chosen Sónar+D to showcase their projects.
Sónar+D takes place every June along with Sónar, Barcelona’s pioneering festival of advanced music created by Advanced Music, recognized since 1994 as one of the most important events for experimental culture in Europe. It extends Sónar’s important role detecting emerging artists and languages into the space of creative and technological innovation. Sónar+D puts the R+D into Sónar.