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We are Europe takes over Sónar

The Creative Europe-backed festival association will host talks, music showcases and mentoring sessions at the Barcelona event

By IQ on 26 May 2016

Bernhard Steirer, Elevate, We are Europe

Elevate festival's Bernhard Steirer will host a Meet the Expert session at Sónar 2016


We are Europe, a newly formed association of eight European music festivals, will have a major presence at Sónar in June.

Backed by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, We Are Europe comprises c/o pop (Cologne) Elevate (Graz), Insomnia (Tromso), Nuits sonores (Lyons), Resonate (Belgrade), Reworks (Thessaloniki), TodaysArt (The Hague) and Sónar (Barcelona) and seeks to “mobilise the energy of eight European events” to support “European culture, high artistic standards, cultural innovation and creation”.

Reworks will form part of Sónar+D, Sónar’s tech/digital culture conference, and present ‘The Shock Waves of the Sonic Boom’, a debate on the differences and similarities between the electronic music markets in Europe and America. Festival director Anastasios Diolatzis will also be involved in the ‘Meet the Expert’ professional development programme.

By 2018 We are Europe hopes to have a membership of 20,000 European live music professionals reaching an audience of over a million

Music-wise, the Greek festival will present every performance on the SonarVillage stage on 18 June, including Tendts, Ison, Badbadnotgood, Ivy Lab, Nozinja,Troyboi, Section Boyz and Ed Banger House Party.

Austrian festival Elevate will host ‘Decentralise: A Journey Through the Independent Web’, hosted by American journalist and hacker Jacob Appelbaum and focusing on data privacy, blockchain and new social networks.

It will also present Kode9 and LawrenceLek performance on 17 June in the SonarHall and a talk at Sónar+D on 16 June, in which both artists will talk about their musical and technical collaboration. In addition, festival director Bernhard Steirer will, like Diolatzis, be involved in a Meet the Expert session (as will Nuits Sonores’s Pierre-Marie Oullion).

We are Europe as a whole will have its own dedicated space at the MarketLab, where it will share details about its ambitious programme: By 2018 the organisation hopes to have involved over 20,000 European live music professionals reaching an audience of a million.