Published Jul 08, 2015Since 2000, Vancouver music fans have come to rely on the New Forms Festival as an annual source of forward-thinking music and art. Unfortunately, this year the event will not be taking place, organizers have revealed.
In an announcement on Facebook, organizers at the New Forms Media Society explained that the annual New Forms Festival will be "on hiatus" in 2015. However, they do plan to serve the local community in more diverse ways throughout the entire year. In other words, they're shifting their attention away from the festival and focusing on individual shows, art exhibitions and other projects.
The New Forms Media Society will kick off this altered approach by helping to organize this year's International Symposium of Electronic Arts, an annual arts and technology event that will be hosting its 2015 edition in Vancouver next month.
Read New Forms' statement below:
The yearly New Forms Festival will be on hiatus while we focus attention on smaller and more specialized programming to happen throughout the years to follow. Over the past 15 years the New Forms Festival has been an important contributor to Vancouver's vibrant media arts and music scene. During this time we have seen both the local and international arts communities flourish. While it has been a pleasure to have the New Forms Festival play a leading part in this development through the presentation of hundreds of artists, musicians, theorists and writers, we feel that at this point in time the organization would best serve the community through diversifying and broadening our scope of institutional activities. While moving away from the festival format, we will continue in the production of individual music events, art exhibitions, archival projects, publications, residencies, as well as continuing our partnerships with other non-profit arts organizations. Beginning this new phase, The New Forms Media Society will be partnering with the International Symposium of Electronic Arts for ISEA2015 happening from the 14th-18th this August at the Vancouver Art Gallery, SFU Woodwards, the Museum of Vancouver, and other locations across the city.