The 37th Avanti! Summer Sounds festival will again take over Porvoo as it runs at the Art Factory and its surroundings from June 28 to July 2, 2023. The main programme is now released and will be reinforced during the spring with forums and club events.
The 2023 festival is titled Dreamlands and Dystopias. The programme is curated by composer Unsuk Chin and Maris Gothóni, the Belgian National Orchestra's head of artistic planning and a curator of multiple festivals. The two describe the programme:
”We feature music by many fearless artists who challenge limits and question borders, music that can be equally thought-provoking, playful, and stimulating. Our wish was to present a glimpse of the great variety of the music of our time, with composers originating from no less than nineteen countries, including some of the most acclaimed figures of our time's music and new rising composers. The music chosen reflects the visionary potential of music in times of uncertainty, featuring equally dreamworlds and dystopic fears.The concerts' titles speak for themselves: 'Dark Mirror', 'Musical Toys', 'Mimodramas and Horror Clowns', 'False Memories', 'Twisted Pearls and Four Headed-Nightingales', and 'Strange Rituals'.”