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<nettime-ann> Looking forward to 2009 and 2010 - FutureEverything and Futuresonic


FutureEverything and Futuresonic


Looking back on 2008, and forward to 2009 and 2010.

Beginning in 2010 there will be a major new adventure, and the artistic
programme for the 2009 festival looks to be the strongest yet.





In 2010 Futuresonic will return as FutureEverything.

Futuresonic 2009 will be the 10th edition and 14th calendar year of the
festival. Over these fourteen years the festival has been creatively led,
with the focus of the festival not only sound, but also visual arts,
digital culture and social themes. From 2010, as a sign of the open and
mobile character of its artistic vision, Futuresonic Urban Festival of
Art, Music and Ideas will return as FutureEverything Urban Festival of
Art, Music and Ideas - making 2009 the last chance to experience a
"Futuresonic" festival.

"FutureEverything is a new name that captures a lot about the character of
the festival. It has been the name of the organisation for several years,
reflecting the fact that, while our roots in music and digital culture are
still very important to us, the visual arts and ideas strands are equally
as significant. From 2010, we look forward to all the festival's
international participants and partners joining us on a new journey as a
part of the first FutureEverything festival." - Drew Hemment, founder and
Artistic Director

The dates and themes of FutureEverything 2010 will be announced on 16 May




Futuresonic 2009 takes place 13-16 May, Manchester UK

The programme for the next edition of the festival is currently in
development, and will feature 250 artists across 100 events at 30 venues.
The open call for submissions for the festival has received the best
response yet, and the full festival programme will be announced in
February 2009.

Every year the festival explores the themes of the social, technology and
the city. In 2009, the festival will also include a focus on Environment
2.0, decoding the relationship between people, the environment and digital
culture. This will be the culmination of 3 years of activities by
Futuresonic and FutureEverything that have influenced the international
debate on environmental sustainability in urban settings and its relation
to digital culture.

The theme will be presented and discussed in an invited event at
Transmediale09 in Berlin during January and in an accompanying catalogue
text on the Environment 2.0 theme by Drew Hemment, the Artistic Director
of FutureEverything and Futuresonic 2009.

Visit www.futuresonic.com for regular updates on all areas of the festival.




This has been an exciting year for the organisation and the festival.

Latest FutureEverything News:

FutureEverything has been shortlisted for the 2009 Lever Prize. The highly
acclaimed prize is awarded on the basis of a range of factors including
regional individuality, high standard of existing work and exciting future

Futuresonic's Artistic Director, Drew Hemment, has been awarded an
Honorary Mention by Prix Ars Electronica 2009. The Prix Ars Electronica
award is the equivalent of the Oscars for digital arts.

Seven fantastic new people have joined the team at FutureEverything to
help realise the ambition of the festival and other year-round projects,
including three programme managers for the Art, Music and Ideas strands,
plus new key people in marketing, production, research and administration.

Futuresonic 2008 featured 5 days and nights of live music, art premieres,
exhibitions, club nights and events with a world-class programme of over
350 artists attended by 50,000 people in 30 venues and spaces across the
city centre.

The "highly respected" Futuresonic festival was invited to participate in
international events, from the prestigious International Symposium for
Electronic Arts (ISEA) in Singapore to the Numusic festival in Norway.

A highlight of the 2008 festival was the Social Technologies Summit with
over 900 attendees. Launched in 2006, the summit has been made a regular
annual event alongside the Futuresonic festival and 2009 themes build on
the successes of 2008.

FuturesFamily is a new Artists In Residence initiative from
FutureEverything, established to nurture artists at the very cutting edge
of art, music and ideas. Our family have been hand selected for their
innovation and experimentation, driving forward our ethos to challenge and

FutureEverything / Futuresonic have led in the establishment of an
international network of music festivals called ECAS. Fifteen Festival
Directors have attended Futuresonic, and FutureEverything / Futuresonic
have participated in other international festivals in Europe and North

FutureEverything / Futuresonic have received strong support from partners
and funders in 2008: Awarded 'Pillar Event' status by Manchester City
Council, 'Regularly Funded Organisation' (RFO) status by Arts Council
England, and a 3 year funding award by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

ImaginationLancaster, where FutureEverything's and Futuresonic's Drew
Hemment is Associate Director, has been awarded £5million by the EPSRC
Digital Economies programme to establish a Doctoral Training Centre, one
of only five in the Digital Economies programme awarded nationally.

FutureEverything has been awarded funding from the CREATOR cluster of the
EPSRC Digital Economies programme to undertake a pioneering research
project on creative interdisciplinary practice on the Environment. This
research will culminate in a comprehensive report on the successes of such
practices by a range of leading international artists, designers, makers
and thinkers.


Futuresonic 2009


13-16 May, Manchester UK

Transforming the city into a space of experimentation, making it come alive

Futuresonic has 4 strands: Art, Music, Ideas and EVNTS. Currently in its
14th year, the festival occupies the orbits of both music and digital

Futuresonic is presented by FutureEverything CIC. It is a Regularly Funded
Organisation (RFO) of Arts Council England North West and is supported by
Manchester City Council.

Futuresonic is presented in partnership with ImaginationLancaster
http://imagination.lancaster.ac.uk, a major new research lab at Lancaster

Futuresonic is presented by FutureEverything CIC.


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