28/9 - 6/10

Göteborg Art Sounds 2018

Today we can see that the distance between people are growing. But at the same time, as a consequence of new technical possibilities, the world is also growing smaller every day. Paradoxically we see how countries and their leaders chose to close their borders and build walls, rather than opening up. And this is happening right now, when the need for dialogue has never been more urgent.

We believe that art can help formulate critical questions, questions that we may not hold the answers to, but that can be part of an ongoing dialogue. It is our conviction that it is often more important to ask questions, than finding actual answers. We believe in art that is bold enough to challenge and that dare to be uncomfortable. Art that can problematize and that hopefully makes us question the world around us. Art that refuse to give simple answers.

Since a few years back, we are part of several international festival networks, consisting of artistic directors and curators. In order to address issues regarding the role of art in a rapidly changing world – and as a way of changing the way we program and what the festival is and can be – for the 2018 edition of the festival we have chosen to collaborate with four international guest curators, who’ve all helped shape this year’s festival program. The curators are Anna Berit Asp Christensen from the SPOR Festival in Denmark, Joost Fonteyne, artistic director of the festival Wilde Westen in Belgium, Lauren Pratt from Redcat in Los Angeles, USA and Peter Burton, artistic director for the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival in Montreal, Canada. We believe that this will strengthen us as a festival, and we also believe this will help us broaden the view on what sounding art can be.

Since the start in 1999, we have presented artists and composers from all around the world, and next year we turn 20. Our ambition is to change the world, if perhaps just a tiny bit. Using art, we want to shed a light on and influence the world we live in. We want to thank you for joining us in 2018 and we hope you’ll join us for the many years to come.


// Staffan Mossenmark
Artistic Director

Save the Date!

Göteborg Art Sounds Festival 2018 will take place between September 28th - October 6th (28/9-6/10). Please save these dates and we will within shortly get back with more information about this years artists as well as our thoughts on the theme for this years festival.

Organisation GAS 2018

New for this year is that we have invited four Artistic guest curators that in addition/together with the Artistic director Staffan Mossenmark have worked on the programme and have selected artists from all over the music world to be played at the festival.

These people is working with the GAS 2018 festival: