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Welcome to Belfast’s longest-running festival of contemporary music, the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music.


Over 30 years the festival has build a reputation for attracting high calibre composers and performers from all over the world to present exciting new music in Belfast. The 2016 edition has at its focus the theme of ‘Creative Technologies’.


Events will take place in and around Belfast, but mainly at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), is a centre for sound technologies situated at Queen’s University Belfast.



Sonorities 2016 will run in two instalments

6  - 8 May 2016 (directed by Michael Alcorn): Speculations in Sound.  'Speculations in Sound 2', a joint event organised by CeReNeM at the University of Huddersfield and the Sonorities Festival features music for multichannel spatial audio.


The second and slightly larger part of the festival will take place from 24 - 28 November 2016 (directed by Franziska Schroeder).


We have put together a multifaceted program for you, which includes a HackDay (led by PhD student Koichi Samuels), during which invited interface/instrument designers will work with our local charity Drake Music NI in order to develop musical instruments for and with disabled musicians.


The Two Thousand + symposium has been running since 2006 at the School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast. It brings together performance practitioners from diverse areas such as music, sonic arts, dance, theatre, new media, architecture and theory to discuss topics on performance / composition / sound art and critical theories.


Initiated by Dr Franziska Schroeder, the Two Thousand + SIXTEEN  symposium will be curated by PhD students Tristan Clutterbuck and Juan Manuel Loaiza.


Our 2016 Sonorities ensemble in residence is the Hard Rain Solo Ensemble, which will feature in several concerts with newly commissioned works.



Artistic Directors: Franziska Schroeder (November events) and Michael Alcorn (May events)


Curators: Koichi Samuels (HackDay), Tristan Clutterbuck and Juan Manuel Loaiza (Symposium), Pedro Rebelo, Una Lee (Min Kim), Chris Corrigan, Ricardo Jacinto, Hadi Bastani, Paul Stapleton.


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Artistic Directors: Michael Alcorn (May events) & Franziska Schroeder (November festival)

Technical Director: Craig Jackson


Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN

Credits: Main Image & Website Design by Helena Hamilton

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