AVA returns to London in a new multi-day, multi-venue format

Across some of London’s most iconic venues The British Library, The Standard, KOKO & HERE at Outernet, the new collective home will host keynotes and panels from thought leaders & artists in electronic music, visual arts, labels & music technology–alongside a series of music-led line ups. This is the first-wave announcement, with much more to follow in the coming months.

Uniting leaders, creatives, artists and visionaries to explore topics across four themes facing the music and wider creative industries – Future, Community, Impact, and Pathways. As they mark 10 years, a new chapter is born for the ever-evolving AVA, bringing a new energy and dynamic to 2024’s London cultural offering– set to take place in the heart of London’s “Knowledge Quarter”, in and around King’s Cross, Tottenham Court Road and Camden.

The conference will put an emphasis on delegates and international audiences this year, exploring topics including sustainability in electronic music; an insight into our current community and what it looks like to be a part of this. The impact of electronic music and visual arts in culture and society today as well as the creative pathways within the scene.

Musician, visual artist, philanthropist and climate activist Brian Eno will open the conference on Thursday with a keynote conversation in association with EarthPercent. Eno’s role in the advancement of society for the better is a crucial one and EarthPercent, the charity he co-founded works with an expert panel of scientists, researchers and activists to identify and support some of the most impactful organisations addressing the climate and biodiversity emergency. Full details of the talk will be announced closer to the date. For more information on EarthPercent visit www.earthpercent.org

London Night Czar Amy Lamé will join for an important discussion on the future of international nightlife policy in association with the Association For Electronic Music, Yellow Square series developer Elijah will give a lecture on the fabled subject of DJing, and Warchild return to deliver another edition of their Migrant Footprint talk, after an incredible reception at last year’s Printworks event.

Playing into the theme of creative pathways United Visual Artists will present a keynote lecture on creativity and process talking through some of the large-scale projects that UVA have worked on over recent year which include visual identities for Drumsheds, Printworks and their large Synchronicity exhibition, which is currently showing at 180 The Strand.

Resident Advisor will present a series of flagship editorial content including the RA Exchange Live as well as a live edition of The Art of DJing. RA will also engage in two editorially led workshops, names and hosts for these sessions will be announced in the coming months, and the workshops will be on a sign-up-only basis, as part of our community programme.

Leading UK artist development agency One House will curate a series of talks covering topics between Working sustainably with artists in a rocky climate, navigating brand partnerships as an artist and how cutting-edge technology can democratise access, foster inclusivity, and level the playing field for emerging talents. Based in London, UK, the full stack artist development company exists to build a better world for creators and artists. The British Council will also support AVA London this year, to bring international delegates and arts sector leaders to connect, collaborate and converse as part of the conference programme, discussing global issues and trends beyond borders.

London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, said: “I’m delighted that AVA is returning to London. This exciting festival and conference, taking place at some of the capital’s most loved venues, features an illustrious line-up of artists and industry leaders. As our city’s first Night Czar, I’m proud of all the work that we’ve done to protect, preserve and help the capital’s economy prosper at night. I’m excited to share ideas and discuss how our successful 24-hour strategy could be implemented in other cities across the world.”

“We want AVA London to represent the diversity of the city and the scene, and what better way to do this, than explore a dynamic programme with some of the most respected artists and industry leaders across multiple venues that are crucial to culture, extending our offering to a broader audiences and bringing important conversations to the forefront alongside our clubs shows. Keep your eyes peeled for more to follow, as AVA London evolves.”– Sarah McBriar, Founder of AVA

“We are thrilled at British Council Music to be able to support international participation within AVA Festival. With an ever-shifting international landscape for music and audio-visual arts, bringing together UK and international music and arts sector leaders to connect, collaborate and converse has never felt more vital to shape future opportunities. AVA Festival in London provides an excellent and exciting platform for conversations and deeper connections in the world of electronic music and digital arts.” – Joel Mills, Director Music, British Council

“I’m delighted for this collaboration between One House and AVA – one of the most respected festivals and brands in Europe. It’s a fantastic opportunity to exchange interesting and exciting ideas within our community.”   – Barry Davies, Head of Live, One House

VENUES:  The Standard, The British Library, The Cross, KOKO and HERE at Outernet

Partners:  Resident Advisor – It’s Nice That – Foundation FM – EarthPercent – Association For Electronic Music – The British Council


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