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AV Festival 2012 Date and Theme Announced

1st – 31st March 2012

Save the date:

AV Festival 2012 will run from 1st – 31st March 2012, a full month of exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, commissions and special events. 

The launch weekend is Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th March 2012, and will include a 24 Hour Exhibition Opening. The Festival will take place in venues and public sites across North East England. 


Festival Theme Announced

The theme is Slowness and the Festival itself is stretched to last a calendar month. Visitors can encounter work at different paces, speeds and times of day. Some works will run for the full 31 days, some will be fleeting moments, others will feel like they freeze or extend time. 

The Festival aims to slow down the biennial experience by encouraging moments of pause and reflection. AV Festival 2012 will be a Festival in slow motion. 


Stay In Touch

In September 2011 our new website will go live, with programme highlights and professional accreditation sign-up. 

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Highlights from Past Festivals

You can still watch videos of 2010 Festival highlights on the website. Since the last Festival, many commissions have toured internationally.

Coal Fired Computers by YoHa was presented at the Artefact Festival, Leuven in February 2011 and at Arnolfini, Bristol from September – November 2010.

Sound Seam by Aura Satz was presented at the Wellcome Collection, London from December – January 2011.

Datamatics by Ryoji Ikeda was presented at MaerzMusik, Berlin in March 2011, and at Barbican, London in April 2011.

John Cage’s Variations VII was performed at Palais de Tokyo, Paris as part of the Recontres Internationales Festival in November 2010.  

And AV's congratulations go to AV commissioned artist Jana Winderen who won the 2011 Golden Nica at Ars Electronica in the Digital Musics and Sound Art category.

Visit www.avfestival.co.uk/news/2012announcement