// Networking Meeting of international festivals.
The I.C.A.S. – International Cities of Advances Sound
network was founded in late 2007 as an entity to support festivals and organizations for experimental music and related arts. Since then numerous meetings have taken place to shape the network's structure and goals. Its aim is to create a sustainable working platform to support the various activities of member organisations and to create a base for knowledge sharing, critical reflection, co-productions, and cross-organizational events. In line with I.C.A.S. ideals of community and collaboration, and following several day long round-tables during Montréal’s Mutek festival in May 2009, the I.C.A.S. meeting at CTM.10 will be dedicated to core elements: knowledge sharing, the exchange of new projects, and the further development of the network. A one-day workshop about how to avoid the 'Idealism Trap' will be included. Idealism is one of the strongest driving forces for festival makers, but one that all too often causes multiple crises in the organisatorial processes in festival development and production. Conflicts arise between the goal of making the 'best possible' festival, time management and the human resources at hand.
During the festival, participating festival organizers will be available for one-to-one meetings. These sessions will be on February 5 and 6 between 15h and 20h at .HBC. Scheduling will be on a first come, first serve basis – details and reservations soon.
Recent visible results of the network's actions include the Unsound In New York
festival this February, a collaboration of North American and EU-partners, and the CMKY
North-America coast-to-coast tour, that will be followed-up by a Europeean Tour with performances at I.C.A.S.-member festivals.