Open Source City – 17-22 June

imageOPEN SOURCE CITY – a micro festival of open source practice in media art and music
17th to 22nd June 2008, The Art Organisation venues, Slater St, Liverpool, UK

SoundNetwork and folly are kicking off the Summer with an exciting collaboration bringing a micro-festival of art and music to Liverpool, as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations.

Liverpool has a strong history of doing innovative things with electricity, from the birth of the power grid (Sebastian Ferranti) to the early computer games industry (Psygnosis, Ocean, and ZTT). Liverpool also has a formidable musical legacy inevitably centred around the pop phenomenon of The Beatles but which spans every musical genre from classical to electro.

Open Source City tips its hat to Liverpool’s pioneering spirit by offering a programme of art, workshops, masterclasses, talks and concerts that shed light on the growing impact of Free/Libre Open Source Software on the creative practices of today, in particular in media art and music.

“FLOSS” offers opportunities to users, and developers at every skill level to participate in the creative process, starting from the writing of code all the way up to the final mix of your masterpiece. These are tools that have the power to bring people together through creativity, collaboration, knowledge sharing and, importantly, technology. So, how will Open Source play a part in the music and art scenes of the future? Maybe the answer lies in your hands….take part.

Artists and speakers involved include goto10, Rui Guerra, Access Space, Polytechnic, Simon Blackmore, Tom Chance, MediaShed and 64 Studio… The workshops and masterclasses cover projects from how to build your own wireless network, to controlling Supercollider in 3 dimensions! As well as beginner level introductions to making music and art with open source software. The hub of the festival is at Mello Mello in the heart of Liverpool’s creative quarter; 40-42 Slater St, Liverpool L1 4BX.


To view the whole programme for the festival, please download the pdf Festival Programme from SoundNetwork’s new website at

Or at folly’s website at

And to book a paid workshop, download the workshop booking form too.

Open Source City is a Cultural Commission for Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008. Supported by Arts Council England, North West and P H Holt Charitable Trust.