Sónar is kicking off its Autumn programming with two consecutive festivals: S+T+Arts Festival and SónarCCCB 2021.
Founded in 1994 in Barcelona, Sónar is an arts, design, and experimental music festival. Since 2013, the event also hosts a three-day gathering discussing creativity, technology, and business. Since its inception, the festival has grown to host events all around the world.
S+T+Arts Festival began yesterday and runs into today, October 28th, with both in-person and virtual events. Programming kicked off last night with Piano + AI, a concert that fuses jazz, classical piano, and a custom artificial intelligence. S+T+Arts is a European Commission-led initiative whose mission is exploring the intersection of art, science, and technology. A majority of the festival’s lineup revolves around the fusion of music and AI.
SónarCCCB, a collaboration between Sónar and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, begins immediately after S+T+Arts Festival, running from October 29th-30th. They aim to present “two days of music, debate, experimentation, and inspiration” according to the CCCB’s website. Event programming includes 40 concerts, DJ sets, lectures, debates, presentations, and workshops.
Much like the S+T+Arts Festival, SónarCCCB 2021 will explore the connection between art, science, and technology. Their hope is to strengthen bonds between artistic communities and scientific/educational institutions.