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Red Bull Music Academy To Be Held In Madrid

14 April 2011 - 0 Comments

The Red Bull Music Academy 2011 will be held in the exceptional surroundings of Matadero, Madrid. Set in one of the most remarkable industrial architecture sites of early twentieth century Madrid, the industrial complex is currently being transformed into the Spanish capital's biggest centre for contemporary creation.

The Red Bull Music Academy - to be held from 23 October to 25 November - will lay the foundation for musical activities. Through their collaboration with the City Council's Department of the Arts, it is ensured that the Academy space will live on as a cultural hub - and that the music won't stop in years to come. This unique opportunity will also allow for a new level of set-up and design at the studios built for the Academy 2011.

Matadero, Madrid aims to foster an integral approach to culture and to become a vibrant laboratory for the development of new cross-disciplinary projects in performing & visual arts, design, music, dance, architecture, urban planning, landscape design, fashion, literature, cinema and thought.

While the Red Bull Academy are happy to announce they have found an extraordinary location for this year's edition of the event, we would also like to emphasize again how difficult the decision was not to hold the Academy main event in Japan.

Setting up an Academy is a year-long process of establishing links with local artists and cultural institutions, creating a dedicated local team of about 100 people, securing international lecturers, dealing with authorities regarding permissions, booking nights in conjunction with local promoters, as well as building studios and refurbishing a building as an inspirational space.

Although the kick off date is set for October, the Academy's work on the Tokyo edition started back in April 2010 and the most crucial phase for all of the above is now. When the terrible events of 11 March struck in North East Japan, they had to make a decision about a potential relocation as soon as possible and it quickly became apparent that going forward with these plans in Tokyo right now would not be possible. Furthermore, the Red Bull Music Academy received a lot of cancellations from people who had already applied. The same goes for artists who were requested to lecture and perform in Tokyo. These are the people who make the event what it is and the Academy felt they had to respect their current concerns.

Their involvement in and contribution to the musical landscape in Japan will not stop. To the contrary, they're going to build on the strong networks and close ties that have evolved throughout the process of preparing the Academy. They will continue to host workshops, gigs, Red Bull Music Academy Radio sessions and festival stages as they did at SónarSound Tokyo, as well as setting up international showcases for Japanese culture: in Madrid and beyond.

The application period has been extended to 26 April.

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