After taking a breather in 2015, New Forms Festival returns this year on October 7th and 8th for a two night takeover of 560 Seymour. Although this venue has seen its fair share of audio/visual entertainment, we have a feeling NFF will have the 28,000-square-foot four level space looking better than ever.
Tickets for NFF 2016 increase tomorrow at midnight! Purchase them at the current price here.
NFF has been an influential event for many local night owls since its inception in 2000. For us, it was one of the first events in the city that raised the bar for nighttime entertainment, pushing us further away from nightclubs in search of more alternative and artistic experiences. While we have come to realize that there are plenty of entities creating events with a hybrid of cutting edge music, art and technology, NFF continues to do it at a scale beyond that of anything else in Vancouver. This scale is what first caught our attention, and it's what captures the attention of hundreds of attendees each year.
While the festival's early days played a part in developing and legitimizing spaces such as Open Studios, NFF continues to play a major role in introducing Vancouverites to alternative nightlife culture. Local artists on the bill such as Khotin, Slow Riffs, DJ D.DEE and Minimal Violence highlight four of the city's active underground electronic music collectives: Mood Hut, 1080p, Pacific Rhythm and Sacred Sound. Each of these entities are pumping out music and events that are developing local artists and brightening up our city after dark. We must credit events such as NFF for highlighting deserving local artists beside world renowned names such as Robert Hood and Convextion.
NFF focuses on exploring innovative new media art alongside experimental electronic music. Both artistic mediums are advancing with new forms of technology, and as such can connect to create an experience that is unique and immersive. The festival's name alludes to this important pillar, which makes the event such a cutting edge experience.
The diverse lineup of visual artists in The Lounge will be showcasing several Vancouver artists who are pushing the boundaries such as Nancy Lee & Kiran Bhumber. The two are known for their impressive interactive audio visual installation Pendula. Their installation involves the use of swings as instruments, using both hardware and software controls to process visuals and sound through the use of gestural data captured during each swing.
Weekend passes as well as single day tickets are available for purchase on the NFF website. Jump on them before the price increases tomorrow at midnight!