International Cities of Advanced Sound and related arts (ICAS) is a global network of independent non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing sound cultures, music and related arts.

All members of ICAS have spent years crafting unique festivals and events, each with its own identity grounded in strong local connections and context. ICAS and its members uphold the cultural value of music and sound creation in both an absolute sense, and in the multifarious forms that meld music and sound with other cultural practices.

Unlike the standards of the entertainment industry, ICAS members adopt an alternative set of criteria rooted in arts & culture to measure the success of their endeavors, which favors quality, critical reflection, innovation and exchange over profit.

ICAS members aim to raise awareness and support for experimental and experiential sound and music cultures. We are informed by aesthetic and the social impact of contemporary sound creation, while influenced by the transformation processes induced by digital technology.

ICAS members understand their curatorial and organizational activities as a creative force that engage in a constant dialogue with artists, producers, critics, audience and other cultural practices – constructively contributing to the development of artistically independent music and sound creation.

Using a palette of transdisciplinary approaches, ICAS organizations actively engage in building bridges between art disciplines, cultural fields, scenes and genres with a special eye on fostering exchange between geographical regions through the exchange of academic musical traditions, experimental music and pop (sub) cultures, and between the arts and technology.

The ICAS network is an open structure that aims to spark dialogue, knowledge exchange and mutual support amongst international organizations engaged with experimental sound cultures and related practices. Thus it fosters community and collaboration instead of competition between cultural entrepreneurs.

ICAS functions as a creative platform for self-reflection and learning on a global level, calling on its members to constantly reinvent, question, inspire and challenge each other. Its greater aim is to support its members in building-up sustainable infrastructures to facilitate, promote and sponsor experimental and critical sound cultures within their specific localities and contexts.

ICAS is about consciously linking these structures and places to build a positive form of globalization that accords local contexts and emerging talent greater value within an international framework.

It seeks to realize the value of shared experience and knowledge, to develop collectively. It is based on the belief that this will result in even stronger sustainable structures for its respective members, and for future members, ensuring their activities can continue to evolve .

Activities within the events and festivals organized by ICAS members include concerts, performances, commissioned work, exhibitions, participatory projects, opportunities to collaborate, educational workshops, conferences, presentations, panel discussions, publications and informal spaces for knowledge-sharing within and between fields. Additionally ICAS organizes meetings and workshops to define the directions, aims and actions of the network.

ICAS serves as an interface to intensify dialogue between its members and the decision makers in cultural, political and economic fields, as well as give strength through unity by acting as a collective voice for small, individual organizations. The network meetings also serve to increase public awareness concerning the issues addressed by ICAS and its member organizations.

ICAS Members

The member festivals of ICAS are:

– Alpha-Ville (London)
– Cimatics (Brussels)
– Communikey (Boulder)
– CTM Festival / DISK (Berlin)
– CYNETART (Dresden)
– Decibel Festival (Seattle)
– Dis-Patch (Belgrade)
– Dis-Play (Canaries)
– Full Pull (Mälmo)
– FutureEverything (Manchester)
– Insomnia Festival (Tromsø)
– ISSUE Project Room (New York)
– Les Siestes Electroniques (Toulouse)
– Maintenant (Rennes)
– MeetFactory (Prague)
– Musikprotokoll (Graz)
– MUTEK (Montréal, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Barcelona)
– Nemo Biennale / Arcadi (Paris)
– New Forms (Vancouver)
– Novas Frequências (Rio de Janeiro)
– NuMusic (Stavanger)
– Recombinant Media Labs (San Francisco)
– RIAM Festival (Marseille)
– Rokolectiv (Bucharest)
– Room40 (Brisbane)
– Schiev (Brussels)
– Skanu Mezs (Riga)
– Sonica (Ljubljana)
– Soco Festival (Montevideo)
– The Bunker (New York)
– TodaysArt (The Hague)
– Unsound (Krakow)
– UH Fest (Budapest)
– VIA Festival (Pittsburgh)

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