LOUD WOMEN readers are invited to save 30% off the (already very reasonably priced) tickets for this year’s WITCiH Digital Festival 2021.

The event will take place from 9th-11th June in a virtual format: three nights celebrating the unique stories of intergenerational and intercultural women & non-binary creative practitioners in technology. Each evening presents a digital premiere of a new commission, followed by an engaging, intimate conversation with established star guests.

The evening brings together some of the most vibrant voices in creative tech including Emmy-nominated composer, Hannah Peel, multi disciplinary artist and founder of the LCV choir Anil Sebastian, DJ and producer Samantha Togni, hybrid transdisciplinary artist Portrait XO, queer club scene DJ and label boss Hannah Holland, Worldwide.fm host, producer and lecturer Kayla Painter and composer and producer BISHI. Together they will explore diverse perspectives and impart wisdom.

The Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub (WITCiH) was founded by acclaimed artist and innovator, BISHI as a platform to elevate women and non-binary creatives in tech. After a series of intimate salons and live events in East London, an inaugural festival (2018) and brilliantly received events at the BFI, Tate Modern and Now Gallery (2020), WITCiH returns in 2021 with a flourish for its second festival edition. WITCiH explores the intersection between music, technology, performance art and visual art. WITCiH’s ethos is to be a fully inclusive and diverse community with strong connections to activism, fashion and the queer scene.

For this 2021 virtual edition, WITCiH is delighted to present its headline guests – avant-garde legend and innovator, Laurie Anderson, BBC Radio 6 Music broadcaster and psychotherapist, Nemone and pioneering queer icon and DJ Ana Matronic.

The range of topics being discussed on the panels are:

  • The Future Is Fluid -Gender & Emerging Technologies with Ana Matronic
  • Nemone in-conversation: Wellbeing In Electronic Music
  • Laurie Anderson in-conversation: Sharing Creative Journeys Through Music & Tech.

WITCiH founder, BISHI says;

“With lockdown restrictions now lifting, I think that people need a space to be able to communicate their ideas. It’s been a long 14 months. We need to reflect on how we’ve coped and where we’re going next. Laurie Anderson has commented that she’s connected with more people during lockdown than she would have on a world tour. Nemone is keen to not only reflect on the challenges over this time but explore some of the amazing creative pathways that people have discovered during the pandemic.”

Each night will commence with the digital premiere of new work, from one of the five WITCiH commissioned artists: electronic musician Halina Rice; multidisciplinary artist and ambassador for Mi.Mu gloves lula.xyz; Japanese born composer Hinako Omori; British Sri Lankan producer and finger drummer Gnarly and BISHI in collaboration with mixed reality company, Volta.

The artist commissions are selected by WITCiH founder BISHI. WITCiH is an artist-led organisation that recognises the value of communities and collectives rising together. At its core, it’s about artists supporting artists and bringing each other up. Through WITCiH, polymath founder BISHI, has created a space for multi-disciplinary creatives to connect, evolve and to grow.

BISHI says:

“If you’re a woman of colour over the age of 30, systemically you’re screwed! I am in the fortunate position to have many opportunities and coming from an inclusive, counter-cultural background, I want to use my early career experience in LGBTQ spaces to elevate other artists.”

“As well as recognising a significant need to develop and platform creators of colour, WITCiH believes there is also a noticeable deficit in support for artists making a career start later in life, as ageism is rife within the music industry. Alongside ground-breaking musical outputs, each music creator has forged success through unorthodox paths, for instance via partnerships with world-renowned tech companies and digital platforms.”

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WITCiH Digital Festival 2021 line-up

Approx 18:00-21:00 BST

10:00-13:00 PT daily

Wednesday 9 June

The Future Is Fluid – Gender & Emerging Technologies with Ana Matronic

18.00 – Doors

18:10 – AV Shorts

18:20 – Welcome

18.30 – Performance BISHI x Volta

18:50 – Intermission

19:00 – In-conversation: Ana Matronic + Anil Sebastian + Portrait XO

Thursday 10 June

Nemone in-conversation: Wellbeing In Electronic Music

18:00 – Doors

18:15 – Performance lula.xyz

18:30 – Performance Gnarly

18:50 – Intermission

19:00 – In-conversation: Nemone + Samantha Togni + Hannah Holland

Friday 11 June

Laurie Anderson in-conversation: Sharing Creative Journeys Through Music & Tech

18:00 – Doors

18:15 – Performance Hinako Omori

18:30 – Performance Halina Rice

18:50 – Intermission

19:00 – In-conversation: Laurie Anderson + Hannah Peel + Kayla Painter

9th, 10th & 11th June

Online

18:00 – 21:00

£10 / £7 single day pass

£25 /£20 3-night festival pass

Please use the promo code WITCiHFriends30 at checkout. Single day and 3-night festival passes available.

Tickets available via Eventbrite

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