NEU NOW is Now

A couple of months ago, we gave you a sneak peek into what Amsterdam’s premier international festival for emerging artists, NEU NOW, had in store for us this coming September. Well, now we’ve got even more sensational happenings to tell you about, so get excited!

938© Hillside Projects, Emotional Bird Skeleton, Drawing on whiteboard, 2016.
Photo: Hillside Projects.

The five-day art extravaganza will descend on the Westergasfabriek from the 14th to the 18th of September, bringing with it artful delights from 60 up-and-coming artists from 18 countries.

The multidisciplinary NEU NOW exhibition will cover everything from design and architecture, to a broad range of visual arts. There’s sure to be a little bit of something for everyone, made all the sweeter by the fact that entry to the NEU NOW exhibition, which is open every day for the run of the festival, will be free.

939© Emilia Strzempek-Plasun, Adaption of the Ruins of the Church of St. Nicholas in Głogów, 2016.

NEU NOW will again be hosting an exciting array of performance arts, including theatre, dance and musical pieces. Two or more performances will be happening daily, with this year’s line-up including an interactive theatre piece by Swiss duo Destiny’s Children, musical performances by Jo Goes Hunting (of that funky dalmatian-esque dripping paint video still from our previous coverage), a site-specific performance piece by Topos Kolektiv, and a dramatic dance performance called The Sacrifice of Roaring by internationally recognised Taiwanese choreographer Hsu Chen Wei and his dance company.

940© Destiny’s Children, Follow Us, 2016.
Photographer: David Wohlschlag.

The moving picture portion of the festival programme features a slate of films from a variety of genres. Held at Ketelhuis, among the screenings will be Sophie Dros’ acclaimed documentary My Silicone Love (which was recently nominated for a student Oscar), a fashion short called Once by Andrea Alessi, and Until the Quiet Comes—a poetic short by Yaron Cohen.

And if all of that goodness still isn’t enough for the art-lovers descending on NEU NOW, there’ll also be a series of artist talks offered onsite at Westergasfabriek, as well as a new speaker’s programme featuring a series of talks by influencers in the art world which will delve into the issues surrounding (Making a) Living in the Arts. The speakers programme is free of charge and will be open to the public.

941© Stine Aas, In Touch, 2016.
Photographer: Kristin Stølan.

To top it all off, on the night of the 17th of September, NEU NOW, in collaboration with Warsteiner, is inviting festival-goers to enjoy a special late-night programme, featuring music by deadHYPE and the aforementioned avant-garde pop band Jo Goes Hunting, as well as drinks, and all manner of other good things.

942© Topos Kolektiv, NNZ | Site-specific Improvised Music, 2016.
Photographer: Dominik Žižka.

NEU NOW 2016 returns to Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek in just a few short weeks. The festival will run from the 14th to the 18th of September.

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© Lana Ruellan, Mineral Research Laboratory, 2016.