Tone Festival

Chatham, Kent

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Töne is a festival of sonic and visual arts that explores the spaces, forms and durations that exist within and between these two overlapping fields. 2014 marks the first edition of a cultural event that aims to be both challenging and celebratory. The festival centres on the Midsummer weekend of Friday 20th-Sunday 22nd June. A pre-festival programme will build towards this weekend, from Monday June 9th onwards. Töne 2014 will activate and investigate sites along and around the Medway river at Chatham, with hubs at Sun Pier House and the Historic Dockyard.

The festival’s programme of performances, installations, broadcasts and public forums is drawn from the creative and critical vision of its Artistic Directors Claudia Molitor and Julie Louise Bacon. The line-up of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists reflects long-standing associations and new collaborations.

The festival takes place as the Sun rises to its zenith in the Northern hemisphere, a fact highlighted in the 2014 theme ‘A Meeting of Sound and Light’. 2014 also marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Töne’s broad range of new commissions invites audiences to explore and reflect on the aesthetic and political resonances of the military and maritime location of Chatham and the surrounding area, and the season.

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