Micro MUTEK, Dubai’s artsy electronic music festival will take place from 16th to 18th of November at various venues in Dubai.
AED50-460 for concerts, Free for talks
Al Habtoor City,Dubai Design Week, Dubai Knowledge Park Auditorium and the SAE Institute, Dubai
16 November 2017, 12:00 AM
18 November 2017, 12:00 AM
MUTEK is a Canadian festival celebrating digital creativity and the best of electronic music, and this year it’s coming to the Middle East with the first edition in Dubai. Co-curated by Analog Room owner Mehdi Ansari, the festival will bring international headliners like Jeff Mills, Dasha Rush and Francesco Tristano together with local UAE acts and artists from MUTEK's home base of Québec.
The concerts will be held at the W Dubai at Al Habtoor City, as well as at the closing party of Dubai Design Week in d3. In addition to live music, there will also be a series of talks, audio-visual shows, technological showcases, networking opportunities and workshops at various venues, such as the place at W Dubai Al Habtoor City, A/Vision shows at Dubai Knowledge Park Auditorium, and panel talks, workshops & Digi_Labs at the SAE Institute.
Mutek is a not-for-profit organization, which aims to advance digital creativity in the world of music by providing an outlet to original artists and visionaries currently active within their fields. The festival was founded in Canada in 2000, but has since held editions in Mexico, Spain and Japan. Its latest additions are Dubai and Buenos Aires.
The two-day UAE edition (stylised Mutek.ae) will be a micro version of the full-scale festival, which is typically a minimum five days long. It lasted for six days in this year in its origin city, with more than 100 artists from 20 different nationalities. At the inaugural UAE edition of Mutek, things will kick off with a panel talk. They would be inviting Art Dubai, D3, Dubai Design Week, Step Conference and other industry players.
Musically, the festival will involve smaller concerts, which are more ambient and experimental in nature, and can accommodate about 500 audience members. The main event of the night will be double that size, with performances from Jeff Mills, Dasha Rush and Hugh Clement. Jeff Mills is one of the most influential American names in techno. Lauded for his inexorable pursuit of futurism, while advancing electronic music as conceptual art, Mills has defined a unique signature in his musical productions, while Russian techno stalwart Rush is known as a multidisciplinary artist, creating abstract and immersive techno. Clement, on the other hand, delves headfirst into a new media approach by playing with sounds and images.
Mutek will have a local aspect, as well, which will not involve any DJ sets; live performances will take precedence, and the festival will feature ten local resident artists who will perform their craft live.
Tickets for individual dates on Nocturne programs will be sold only on the day of the event at the ticket box office.
Free admission to the Panel Talk, Digi_Lab and the Saturday, November 18 closing party in collaboration with Dubai Design Week at D3.
For more info: Visit MUTEKAE on Facebook.