The team behind Middlesbrough Art Weekender and The Auxiliary are inviting you to come and join the racket in Middlesbrough this summer!

Happening across the town of Middlesbrough from the 16th to 23rd July, 2021, Sonic Arts Week is a free celebration of sound, music and art. This innovative festival will bring a host of exciting events and projects to the streets of Middlesbrough. All events are free and designed to be accessed by young and old alike.

The festival takes inspiration from world listening day on the 18th July that honours the birthday of Raymond Murray Schafer, a Canadian composer and environmentalist who is seen as the founder of acoustic ecology.

Explore the different Sounds of the world around us through art exhibitions, workshops and events, delve deep and explore one of the many unique experiences on offer.

Jodi Rose

Like cycling? Like playing music? Ever thought of doing both at the same time? Well with an Environ Bike you can! Located at Captain Cook Square, these bikes are not just normal bikes they have speakers and tiny computers attached and they create sounds and music as you cycle around the town and, what’s more, they actually use air quality data to create the different sounds. The clearer the air, the nicer the sound!

If cycling isn’t your thing, how about a cruise! Buses will be available to drop you to nearby Stockton where your boat cruise awaits. Australian artist Jodi Rose has created a piece of music using the vibrations of the different bridges along the River Tees. What a way to spend a July evening, cruising down the River Tees listening to the sounds of bridges on wireless headphones as you take in all the beauty of the Tees Bridges.

At The Auxiliary Project Space, an art gallery across from the Zetland car park, artist Dan Knight will bring his interactive sound machines to this unique gallery space. Works can be touched and played with. Workshops, hosted by local artist Grace Stubbings, are open for people to learn how to record and produce music using Dan’s sculpture as the source material.

If tech is your thing, then go download the free Echoes apps and take yourself on one of our self-guided soundwalks. Using geolocation technology, artists have created unique immersive sound walks. Local noise makers Benefits bring their unique blend of chaos to the app with Me Lost Me offering up a future folk interpretation. Newcastle-based Gobscure, who are associate artist with Disability Online and Museum of Homelessness, offers their unique take on Middlesbrough through the Echoes App. 

Also available at venues will be the Sound Workbook. This easy read book will shed some light on the history of artists using sound as creative art. The book will also include different workshop ideas around listening and ways to engage the world around you through your ears!

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