Convergence festival kicks off once again in March 2018 – four days of intensely engaging gigs and compelling conversations across East London at venues including Village Underground, House of Vans and Rich Mix. Now in its fourth year, Convergence celebrates cross art form innovators and takes an in depth look at the latest technology and trends that will give rise to the exciting new work of tomorrow.
At the British Council, we’re once again delighted to be partnering with Convergence and supporting a series of talks which will bring together industry experts from the world of music and beyond. We’ve invited a fantastic group of promoters, festival organisers and producers from outside the UK to come and generate ideas with their counterparts in London: Brian Ritchie (Australia), Dmitry Agalakov (Russia), Kukuh Rizal (Indonesia), Hakeem Adam (Nigeria), Chi Po-Hao (Taiwan), Hasaan Meer (Oman), Nikita Rasskazov (Russia), Cristian Reynaga (Argentina), Javier Areal Veléz (Argentina), Riham Noor Mohamed Al-Zadjali (Oman) and Colleen Balchin (South Africa).
We see that some of the most intriguing new work – and areas of opportunity – is emerging in those creative pockets where the worlds of music and film, music and visual art, music and gaming and music and technology reside. We’re taking the topic to SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, Texas and will continue to develop our programme around film and music. Convergence festival fits perfectly into this vision and we’re so pleased to be able to unite likeminded individuals from within and outside the UK to discuss their own bright ideas. Join us in London to be part of the conversation.
Live music at Convergence 2018 comes courtesy of John Cale, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kamaal Williams, Ben Frost, Wyles & Simpson and many more.
An embarrassment of riches … the talent amassed here is so witty and brutal
– The Guardian
Convergence has altered the trajectory of electronic music and what role technology will play in the future
– Crack Magazine