OORtreders Festival 2020

Changing ecologies & new narratives
23-25.10.2020 – Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, Pelt (BE)

PROGRAM LAUNCH – 14.07.2020


OORtreders Festival is a 3-day celebration of sound within the landscape of the Limburg Canal Zone. From early morning concerts to deep listening sessions; the festival explores introvert and exciting formats, on the cutting edge of sound and society. With the right amount of space for each musical impression, the programme weaves together local communities and the international scene, with the urge to create and strengthen the unknown. This year’s programme ‘changing ecologies & new narratives’ connects audiences and artists in minimal settings, exploring the unclassifiable relations between humans and nature through sound.

Changing ecologies & new narratives

This third edition of OORtreders Festival brings young and critical voices together around the relationship between humans, nature and sound, in a living environment changing at a rapidly increasing pace. The festival explores contemporary stories, ecological clashes, organic processes and potential futures. Together we search for new challenges and narratives; non-linear, uninhibited and inclusive.

The festival begins with a 3-day expo of monumental sound art in the Limburg Canal Zone. The programme is centered around performances and concerts at various locations in and around Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof. On Sunday there are also walks, a guided tour with performances through the expo, workshops and an in-depth programme of talks ‘Sound & Society’.

With the unpredictable circumstances surrounding COVID-19 in mind, we have taken the social distancing precautions into account in the organisation of the festival. A large part of the programme takes place in open-air. In addition we will plan for a different grouping of the audience, routes and intimate set-ups. In this way artists, the audience and the team can experience the festival in a healthy manner.

The festival is the result of collaboration between various local stakeholders, citizens, residents, artists, international initiatives and connects them in the long-term; before and after the festival, with the high point being the festival itself.  The residents of the Red Cross Refugee Center Overpelt work together with CC Palethe and C-TAKT+ on a permanent artwork for the collection of Klankenbos. Young people from the local area are involved in the festival programme in various ways, in collaboration with Jeugddienst Pelt and North-Limburg Art Academy. On Friday there is an open day for secondary school students, where they get to work with sound themselves.

For certain parts of the programme we will partner with guest curators. There is, for example, a listening programme curated by Dominik ‘t Jolle and a long-term expo running from 02.10-03.11 in collaboration with expo-groep OFF OFF OFF and Gemeente Pelt. Associated and within the framework of Sounds Now, a Creative Europe project, a ‘Curator Lab’ will also take place. In addition, diverse sound projects will be realised and supported by the festival in collaboration with Meakusma, IN SITU en SoAP.

The festival strives to be in balance with the ecology of its surroundings and the environment. The programme questions our relationship with nature, but also explores unknown terrain. The second edition of the SITE SPECIFICS workshop, leaves the idea that people are central and goes looking for new connections with the local ecosystem. Food and drinks are provided by local partners as vegan champion De Gastvrijheid from Leopoldsburg, with home grown vegetables from their own garden.

OORtreders Festival is a festival from C-TAKT and Musica, Impulse centre for Music in collaboration with C-TAKT +, CC Palethe, De Gastvrijheid, Gemeente Pelt, Gonzo (circus), IN SITU, Meakusma, Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, Provincie Limburg, Red Cross Refugee Center Overpelt, SoAP, The Flemish Community, the German Community, the Flemish Government, Visitor center De Wulp (Hageven Nature Reserve). The ‘Curator Lab’ in the framework of Sounds Now is co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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