Derry~Londonderry musicians will connect with artists in India for a two-day live-stream this weekend (March 5 and 6).
Ten acts from the city, together with eight in India, will take part in Delhi- Derry: Electronic Connections, a partnership between Celtronic Festival and New Delhi online radio station Boxout.fm to showcase upcoming electronic music from both parts of the world.
The live stream will feature both acts and DJs, with a mix of ambient, house, electro and techno, with the performances coming live from Echo Echo Dance Studio on Derry's historic walls, Celtronic Studios in the Creggan neighbourhood and Gulmohar Park in New Delhi.
Among the acts lined up to perform are Derry’s Autumns – a solo act renowned for his intense, punk approach; DIY audio-visual artist, The Fully Automatic Model, who is predominantly known for composing electronica, cinematic and ambient music; and Cartin – one of Derry’s most exciting new producers, whose debut was well received with Radio 1 airplay.
DJ sets will come from Underlying Form’s Darren Allen, BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen McCauley, Derry’s leading purveyors of disco influenced weapons of mass dancefloor destruction, Queen & Disco and two of Derry’s finest young selectors Andrew Devine and Jordan Villa.
Ahead of the weekender, Gareth Stewart, co-founder of Celtronic said: “This is a very exciting project for everyone at Celtronic and all of the artists. We had researched various festivals and electronic music promoters across India and felt that Boxout.fm were the best potential partner for this project. The scale of the organisations is similar, and we have a shared ethos with a hunger to develop local talent via innovative events and initiatives. We see opportunities to share skills and learning and hope to develop more projects together in the future.
The partnership is funded through The British Council’s India-Northern Ireland Connections Through Culture grant scheme, which aims to support artistic collaboration and exchange between creative professionals and arts organisations in Northern Ireland and India.
Speaking about the collaboration, Jonathan Stewart, Director, British Council Northern Ireland said: “We are delighted to be able to support this project which will help to deepen connections and understanding between Northern Ireland and India.Artistic collaboration and exchange with India is a key focus for us over the next few years and this builds on previous work with the world-renowned Jaipur Literature Festival. This collaboration will shine a spotlight on local talent - helping artists from the city to reach new international audiences and we wish them the best of luck for the weekend.”
Delhi - Derry: Electronic Connections will take place on March 5 and 6, 2021 from 3:30pm GMT and will be live-streamed via YouTube, Mixcloud, plus boxout.fm and Celtronic Festival’s own Facebook channels. Stream links include - www.mixcloud.com/live/celtronic and www.youtube.com/celtronicfestival.
India-Northern Ireland Connections Through Culture continues the British Council’s work, building connection, understanding and trust between people in the UK and overseas through arts, education and English language teaching. To find out more about their work in Northern Ireland visit nireland.britishcouncil.org or follow on Twitter: @BCouncil_NI, Facebook or Instagram.