It is a European association of eight reference festivals in the old continent: C/O Pop (Cologne, Germany), Elevate (Graz, Austria), Insomnia (Tromso, Norway), Nuits Sonores (Lyon, France), Resonate (Belgrade, Serbia), Reworks (Thessaloniki, Greece), TodaysArt (the Hague, Netherlands) and the Sónar Barcelona.
Sonar (published schedules) will participate in the group of eight European festivals that are included within the European initiative We Are Europe. It is a European association of eight reference festivals in the old continent: C/O Pop (Cologne, Germany), Elevate (Graz, Austria), Insomnia (Tromso, Norway), Nuits Sonores (Lyon, France), Resonate (Belgrade, Serbia), Reworks (Thessaloniki, Greece), TodaysArt (the Hague, Netherlands) and Sónar Barcelona.
What they have in common these festivals is the addition of a creative forum in its programming. In the case of Sónar is Sonar+D. A statement released by the Sónar says that the common goal among festivals is "join forces to create, produce and disseminate innovative cultural practices from a multidisciplinary perspective to establish strong links between artists, professionals and the general public. "
The collaboration to be established between the festivals is will go as follows: each festival will participate in two events and will host two other festivals. Sónar 2016 in Barcelona will receive Elevate and Reworks, they will participate in music programming and content in Sonar + D. The Sónar, meanwhile, will present content in TodaysArt (September 22-25) and Insomnia (26-28 October).
The Austrian festival Elevate will present at the Sónar the Decentralize cycle. Presented by the American activist Jacob Applebaum and moderated by the co-founder of Elevate, Daniel Ercharler, is a series of lectures to the public at MarketLab about data privacy, blockchain and new social networks. There will be also a workshop that will implement the issues addressed in debates (Efraín Foglia, Matt Dryhurst, Katharina Nocuń, Lars Holdhus, Markus Sabadell ...).
The Elevate will also present the Kode9 & Lawrence Lek's performance on Friday June 17 at the SonarHall in a talk the day before the show at Sonar + D.
The greek festival Reworks will presents a talk, with the name of 'The shock waves of the sonic boom', about the affinities and differences between the European and American electronic music markets. The festival director Anastasios Diolatzis will participate in professional meetings Meet the Expert. Musically, the festival will participate in the Sónar presenting all stage performances SonarVillage Saturday 18 June Tendts, Ison, Badbadnotgood, Ivy Lab, Nozinja, Troyboi, Section Boyz and Ed Banger House Party.
The same initiative We Are Europe will have a space in MarketLab where details and guidelines of their program will be presented. The artistic director of Arty-Fary -a company that organizes the festival Nuits Sonores and leads the project We Are Europe- Pierre-Marie Oullion, will participate in Meet the Expert Sónar's section.