Sonar, the advanced music and multimedia art festival, takes place in Barcelona every year during three days in June. Sonar’s diverse artistic offer splits between the Sonar by Day activities (in the CCCB and MACBA venues) and Sonar by Night (Fira Gran Via M2 L’Hospitalet), together with some simultaneous gigs like the performances at L’Auditori.
At the last festival edition, more than 75,000 people enjoyed the fine selection of an artistic programme which combines the electronica headliners together with hundreds of emerging artists and DJ’s representing the most updated music and new media trends within electronic culture. Sonar is the meeting point both for a worldwide audience looking for the newest, as well as the professionals, looking for the perfect environment for business and networking.
This coming year the festival takes place on 17, 18 and 19 of June and for the first time in 17 editions, Sonar will have two simultaneous editions. Together with Xacobeo (Compostela’s Jubilee), the festival takes the Way of Saint James and celebrates both in A Coruña and Barcelona. A double-edition event, the usual Barcelona and this extraordinary one, which will be named Sonar Galicia.
Sonar has also regularly crossed over the Spanish borders, since 2002, travelling with events all over the world, decentralising electronic music by showcasing new talent, often local, and the all time classics within the genre. Sonar has travelled to London, NY, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Frankfurt or Tokyo, and more.
An urban event, and a discovery platform. Sonar is a pioneer and influential date on the European cultural calendar thanks to its unique entertainment offer and the singularity of its emplacement.
Sonar 2010 Barcelona special concerts
Sónar 2010 | 25.05.2010
Sónar is linking up with several institutions that make up the cultural fabric of Barcelona to produce a series of artistic events in major venues in the city, and is expanding its programme for the first time to Girona and Reus.
Sónar presents “Constellations”, an audiovisual spectacle created especially for the CosmoCaixa planetarium, conceived of by Stephan Mathieu & Carolina Mikalef and inspired by the music of the Spanish composer Antonio de Cabezón, who is being commemorated this year, in the five hundredth anniversary of his birth.
“Constellations” takes place alongside the Sónar events already announced with the Grec festival, which will be exhibiting the spectacular installation “spectra [barcelona]”, by the Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda in the Teatre Grec; the two concerts that will be performed in the Barcelona Auditori, by Cabo San Roque & Orquestra Mecànica de la França Xica and bcn216 + Cristian Vogel, Ricard Marxer & Oscar Sol; and the two “Nits Sónar” events in the Auditori of Girona and the Teatre Bartrina of Reus, with shows by bcn216 + Tristan Perich and Guillamino.
Stephan Mathieu & Carolina Mikalef – “Constellations” – Planetari CosmoCaixa, 17th, 18th and 19th June at 8pm
Ryoji Ikeda – Nit Grec-Sónar (Teatre Grec), 17th June at 8pm
bcn216 + Cristian Vogel, Ricard Marxer & Oscar Sol – L’Auditori de Barcelona, 17th June at 9pm
Cabo San Roque & Orquestra Mecànica de la França Xica – L’Auditori de Barcelona, 18th June at 8pm