Belfast AVA Festival details announced

avafestivalAVA Festival has teamed up with Generator NI to curate the free daytime conference at T13 in the Titanic Quarter on Saturday 30th May.

Keynotes will include Q and A’s with DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 and the visionary Adam Smith, long-term AV collaborator with The Chemical Brothers.

Joining the headline talents will be industry leaders and key partners including Ashley Howard of Hospital Records, the Vice President of Beatport Terry Weerasinghe, the CEO of The Association of Electronic Music – Mark Lawrence, along with local established talent, Paul Hamil from Pyscatron, Timmy Stewart of Extended Play, Mark Gordon of Generator NI, Bicep and Shine Productions.

Talks, panel discussions and workshops will be accompanied with practical application through the ‘Ableton Push Playground’. Whatever your level of music production experience, you can join Ableton’s team of experts and get hands-on with Ableton Live 9 and Push and exchange knowledge and creative ideas with members of the Belfast Ableton Live User Group.

Generator NI is a programme aimed to support the development of new markets, knowledge and networks for the NI music business, seeking to foster and stimulate cross-sector links within the wider creative industries.

The AVA Conference will focus on the audio, visual and arts talent and industry within Northern Ireland. Irrespective of your level of involvement, experience or intrigue, AVA will offer connections and knowledge of the music, film and arts industry.

To add to the exciting content, ‘Extended Play’, Belfast’s leading House & Techno imprint are running a competition to find the next emerging electronic music producer. The winning submission will form the lead track on the labels next Extended Players release, feature on ‘Feel My Bicep’s Blog’ and receive mentoring and artist development support from the label owners JMX & T-Bone. Submit your track via email to info@avafestival.com add in the subject: ‘AVA Emerging Artist Track – Your Name’ by April 30th. The top 6 tracks will be selected and a panel will feedback during the AVA conference.

Nothing like this exists in Northern Ireland. There are limited free spaces on the AVA conference workshops, available via www.avafestival.com/conference and limited second release tickets for the AVA evening showcase, with a price tag of just £18; it is set to sell out quickly.