Sónar’s 24th edition comes to a close with 123,000 visitors, the highest attendance in the festival’s history.
The music, creativity and technology festival, Sónar+D 2017 has brought together audiences from 105 countries, with the participation of around 5,500 professionals from more than 2,000 companies from the creative and technological industries.
Friday Night, Sonar Nicolas Jaar
Across nine stages (5 at Sónar by Day and 4 at Sónar by Night), and has presented 157 activities and projects at Sónar+D, with more than 400 speakers and exhibitors and 5,500 registered professionals.
Thursday Sonar, Arc
The festival has gathered 61,000 people at Sónar by Day, divided among five musical performance stages and 157Sónar+D activities that have taken place from Wednesday 14 to Saturday, June 17.
Friday – Kiddy Smile
The Sónar Week program of activities being held at the CCCB, Arts Santa Mònica, Mercat de les Flors, Pavelló Mies van der Rohe, the Museum of the Disseny and the Virreina Centre de la Imatge, has seen an exceptional stream of visitors, with attendance figures ranging between 75% to 100% capacity.
Sónar Week culminates this Sunday at the Auditori, with the Stargaze and Nico Muhly’s interpretation of “Death Speaks”, by the composer David Lang.
Friday Sonar Soulwax
Sónar+D, Sónar‘s creativity and technology congress, has seen around 5,500 registered professionals from 57 countries, far exceeding festival expectations. The 30-programmed conferences have seen attendance figures at 80% to 100%. Scheduled networking sessions and workshops have attracted more than 1,000 people, doubling last year’s figures.
The StartUp Garden by MIGRATION activities and the Sónar Innovation Challenge, coordinated by the UPF Music Technology Group, have closed this year with a notable increase in the quality and specialization of their presented works.
Music education software from Mimi Hearing Technologies
(GR); the Internet of Things
applied to Protopixel
(BCN) lighting projects
; and Melodics
(NZ), the technology to optimize listening frequencies and protect composers’ ears, were this year’s three prize winning startups.
The Sónar Innovation Challenge has presented projects developing virtual reality content for passengers on long-haul flights, and technologies capable of transforming sound into movement and touch, for people with hearing disabilities. 30 investment funds from 10 countries, as well as a host of mentors, have followed these projects that will continue their research and business development beyond Sónar.
Wednesday Sonar, Bjork
On Monday, June 19, the first tickets for Sónar 2018 will go on sale at a special price of €115 via www.sonartickets.com. Delegate Passes for Sónar+D 2018 will be available to buy from June 28, also at a reduced price of €155