This year’s edition of the festival will be a different one for sure. But just like always, artistically the festival will feature a wide variety of genres and artistic expressions, and we are very happy with how the program turned out!

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The 2020 GAS-Festival takes place. That in itself is perhaps quite remarkable, considering the state of the world these days. And we are incredibly happy to be able to present a festival this year. Considering the current situation, the theme for this year’s festival – which largely revolves around the physical aspects of a space…

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As some of you may have guessed by now, the 2020 edition of the festival will be different from previous years. But after much thought and long discussions within the working group and with our partners, we have decided to go ahead with the festival that’s set for October 10th-16th!

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The re-thinking of the traditional presentation forms and our work with new/experimental presentations forms involves a very diverse field with many elements to consider – like how we work with audience segments, how we choose the spaces to present the artistic works in, how we communicate with the audience and the society, how we choose artists etc.

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Nature is a construct. What in Canada is often termed “wilderness” is a concept rejected by Indigenous peoples. For millennia, rivers, lakes portages and trails enabled vast trading networks throughout North America. This is no wilderness; it is home.

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For the 2020 edition of the GAS festival we are once again working with four international guest curators who will help us shape the festival. This edition’s curators are New York based artist and curator Du Yun, artistic director David Dacks, director and producer Cathie Boyd and artistic director Bert Palinckx.

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With GAS 2020 we wish to explore the significance of place in relation to listening and to the artistic experience. But it’s also about exploring the significance of place in relation to its social geography and questions concerning inclusion and exclusion.

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The 2018 festival is since a few weeks over, and we can’t even begin to express the gratitude we feel! This year’s festival has been a massive success in so many ways.

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