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WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia unveils its complete programme. The 6th edition of the event, which will take place from the 8th to the 11th of September in Santiago de Compostela, includes many national and international premieres, and adds fourteen new names and activities to the previously announced ones.
The WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia continues with its commitment to present contemporary proposals with the aim of offering a quality cultural and artistic alternative in Santiago de Compostela. This new edition of the event will take place in twelve locations of heritage value in the Galician capital: the CGAC museum, the Teatro Principal, the churches of Bonaval and the University, the Capitol and Malatesta halls, the Eugenio Granell Foundation, the Afundación headquarters, the Abanca Auditorium, the Numax cinema, the SGAE Foundation and the Bonaval park. In the next few days, the programme timetable and its distribution in the different venues will be announced.
An important part of the programme is made up of audiovisual concerts where you can enjoy immersive experiences. In this latest round of additions, the previously announced concerts by Caterina Barbieri and Aho Ssan & KMRU will be joined by the English witch house artist Holy Other in collaboration with the Portuguese visual artist Pedro Maia, presenting his latest album Lieve, which will serve as the opening concert of the festival.
Also, the American Rafael Anton Irisarri and the Hong Kong visual artist Florence To will present a premiere in the framework of the ATAARPHONOAK festival. The Dutch-Italian Grand River will bring the festival to a close by presenting FOG for the first time in Spain. Completing this list are concerts by Galicians Artur M. Puga, who presents his first album for the first time with the visual accompaniment of Shoeg, and Death Whistle.
The night and club-oriented programme brings with it some very special additions. On the one hand, English producer and artist aya. Berlin-based Canadian Aquarian presents Ouroboros in Spain. On the other hand, the Tunisian producer based in France Azu Tiwaline and the young Dutch dj mad miran, who will be in charge of closing the club on Friday night with one of her intense techno and breakbeats sets.
Completing this second wave of announcements are live performances by the American Rachika Nayar; the Norwegian-Mexican Carmen Villain; the renowned English producer and musician Coby Sey; the American Ulla Straus; and the Galician artist CRNDS, who integrates elements of traditional music and folklore with the language of contemporary experimental electronic music.
With these confirmations, the festival also positions itself as a meeting point to enjoy the work of great contemporary creators in the field of visual arts, with names such as Marcel Weber (MFO), Ruben Spini, Florence To, Pedro Maia, Marco Ciceri, Shoeg, Sougwen Chung and Sweatmother being present in this edition.
As in previous editions, the festival continues its commitment to the screening of films and documentaries related to contemporary music and creation. On this occasion, the film programme will include the films A Symphony of Noise. Matthew Herbert’s Revolution, by Enrique Sánchez Lansch, Éliane Radigue – Échos, by Eléonore Huisse and François J. Bonnet and O gemer, by Xabier Erkizia.
A Symphony of Noise (2021) is an experimental sensory journey into the mind of the British Matthew Herbert. In this documentary, winner of the German Film Awards, director Enrique Sánchez Lanch has accompanied the British musician for more than a decade to capture his creative processes and explain the important political subtext of his work.
The festival will present the Spanish premiere of the short film Éliane Radigue – Échos (2021), in which filmmaker Eléonore Huisse and sound artist François J. Bonnet visit electronic music pioneer Éliane Radigue at her home, resulting in an intimate portrait of the French artist. The short film will be screened alongside O gemer (2021), a film by sound artist, musician, journalist and sound researcher Xabier Erkizia, with the particular sound of Basque oxcarts as the protagonist.
Xabier Erkizia will present the film and will later participate in a colloquium about it. At the same time, the screening will be accompanied by a lecture by the director entitled El gemir de un carro, which will take place at the Afundación headquarters a few hours beforehand and will be open to the public.
The conference programme continues to be one of the backbones of the festival. It is a space created for debate, reflection and critical thinking by the different agents of the music and culture industry on how the present will affect the future and/or the social impact it will have on technology applied to art.
On this occasion, there will be a dialogue between the Galician DJ and producer based in Berlin, Cora Novoa, and the New York artist Rafael Anton Irisarri, where the latter will share the creative process and ethics that have accompanied him throughout his more than 15 years of career in ambient and experimental music. In addition, political and moral issues derived from artistic creation in the digital world will also be discussed.
The round table “After the Great Reboot: The creative industry in the face of an imminent planetary recession and digital subordination”, moderated by Frankie Pizá, will feature Alex Nikolov, Andrea Lamount, Karne Kulture, Patricia M. Val, Mounqup and Yugen Kala. The event will reflect on the social changes and the starting over caused by the pandemic, the environmental emergency, the digital transformation and how it affects the new articulation of the cultural world.
Season tickets, day tickets and tickets for key activities are already on sale and can be purchased at https://wosfestival.es.