AND Festival 2017

Festival of new cinema, digital culture and art.
Castleton, Peak District National Park (UK)
Thu 21 – Sun 24 September 2017

Welcome to AND Festival 2017 Abandon Normal Devices’ roving biennial of new cinema, digital culture and art, which will be based in the heart of the Peak District between the 21-24 September.

Across four days, the festival will see a host of site-specific installations, world premieres and performances take-over the village of Castleton. From satellites to neutrino observatories, fossilisation to free-fall, this year’s programme will reveal the earth’s layers, from the drone’s eye view to the sunshine-deprived depths of subterranean bunkers, exploring themes of verticality and deep time in a series of prophetic, provocative and uncanny reflections on the earth.

Going on a journey from inner to outer spaces, the festival will become a site for the symbolic and subconscious, where artists will become archaeologists of the future unearthing rare sounds, simulated environments and technological ruins.

Join us with a rolling cast of enlightened fliers: geomancers, filmmakers and artists who take us on a journey from the peaks to the grounds, caves and collapsed caverns of Castleton, artists’ will imaginatively map the invisible and material forces that interlink and coalesce into forms and stories, peculiarities and anomalies. There they will uncover what is not immediately apparent.  Stretching back into the farthest histories, the deepest spaces and to the highest points, digging deeper, downwards into the caves will allow us to keep searching, beyond time and beyond the rhythms of human life.

The programme features installations, exhibitions, field trips and cinema screenings all of these can be explored through the five strands of programme Strata, Dis-location, Listening to the Dark, Deep Time and Freefall.

Due to the nature of the sites some events will need to be ticketed and only accessible by small groups at a time. Bring good footwear, an open mind and prepare for a journey into the centre of the earth. For more information access across the festival weekend, please visit the Festival Access page.

Booking: Festival Passes and individual tickets now available to buy.

Get the Friday – Sunday Downloadable Schedule here.

Abandon Normal Devices Festival 2017 is hosted by Peak District National Park and National Trust (Peak District). Supported using public funding by Arts Council England with additional support from BFI,  the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, British Council (Mexico), British Council (Indonesia), and Sheffield programme partners Site Gallery.

Participating partners include Making Ways, University of Salford, Somerset House Studios, Kikk Festival, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, The Influencers, Transmediale, STRP and National Trust, Trust New Art.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Event info:

  • Thu 21st — Sun 24th Sep 2017

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