Nach der Tokyo-Absage geht es vom 23 Oktober bis 25. November in die spanische Hauptstadt

Die diesjährige Red Bull Music Academy findet in Madrid statt. Nachdem der Ankündigung vor zwei Wochen, die Veranstaltung nicht wie geplant in Tokyo stattfinden zu lassen, gibt es jetzt eine Presse-Erklärung, in der Madrid als neuer Austragungsort bekannt gegeben wurde. Das Ganze startet am 23. Oktober und endet am 25. November.

The Red Bull Music Academy 2011 will be held in the unique surroundings of Matadero Madrid. Set in one of the most remarkable architecture sites of early 20th century Madrid, the industrial complex is currently being transformed into the Spanish capital’s biggest centre for contemporary creation.

The Red Bull Music Academy – to be held from October 23 to November 25, 2011 – will lay the foundations for the music at Matadero Madrid. Through our collaboration with the City Council’s Department of the Arts, it is ensured that the Academy space will live on as a cultural hub – and that the music won’t stop in years to come. This extraordinary opportunity will also allow for a new level of set-up and design at the studios built for the Academy 2011.

Matadero Madrid aims to foster an integral approach to culture and to become a vibrant laboratory for the development of new cross-disciplinary projects in performing & visual arts, design, music, dance, architecture, urban planning, landscape design, fashion, literature, cinema, and thought.

While we are happy to announce that we have found an exceptional location for this year’s edition of the Red Bull Music Academy, we would also like to emphasize again how difficult the decision was not to hold the Academy main event in Japan.

Setting up the Academy is a year-long process of establishing links with local artists and cultural institutions, creating a dedicated local team of about 100 people, securing international lecturers, dealing with authorities regarding permissions, booking nights in conjunction with local promoters, as well as building studios and refurbishing a building as an inspirational space.

Although the kick off date is set for October, our work on the Tokyo edition started back in April 2010, and the most crucial phase for all of the above is now. When the terrible events of March 11 struck in North East Japan, we had to make a timely decision about a potential relocation, and it quickly became apparent that going forward with these plans in Tokyo right now would not be possible. Furthermore we received a lot of cancellations from people who had already applied. The very same goes for artists who were requested to lecture and perform in Tokyo. These are the people who make the event what it is, and we had to respect their current concerns.

Our involvement in and contribution to the musical landscape in Japan will not stop. To the contrary, we will build on the strong networks and close ties that have evolved throughout the process of preparing the Academy. We will continue to host workshops, gigs, RBMA Radio sessions and festival stages as we did at SónarSound Tokyo, as well as setting up international showcases for Japanese culture: in Madrid and beyond.

Aufgrund des Umzuges kann man sich noch bis zum 26. April bewerben.

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