Our memories goes back in 2019 with the amazing performances of Fatoumata Diawara, The Bug, Holly Herndon, Lafawndah, Mary Lattimore and many more. Le Guess Who? is a wonderful experience which happens in a wonderful place like Utrecht. Earlier this year, the 14th edition of Le Guess Who? was postponed to 2021. Now they have announced an alternative hybrid event, titled ON/OFF, happening 13-15 November, 2020.
According to the press release, ON/OFF is a two-part program for international, as well as local, festival visitors. LGW ON introduces a freely accessible online TV channel with videos, films and documentaries selected by past performers. LGW OFF is a two-day program happening throughout the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands, fully dedicated to Dutch acts, to be hosted at some familiar–as well as new and unknown–festival locations.
LGW ON is a freely accessible online TV channel, broadcasting 13-15 November. Here, Le Guess Who? will launch ‘Reports from Other Continents’, in which people from all over the world share video reports on topics such as art, culture and music from within their local community. Normally, Le Guess Who? shares these kinds of special stories about worldwide musical traditions and cultural developments through concerts and performing artists; now the festival has found a way to do so online. ‘Reports from Other Continents’ will include video reports from a.o. Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, and Venezuela. All reports are made specifically for Le Guess Who? and are commissioned by the festival.
LGW ON is curated by Le Guess Who?, together with artists who previously performed at the festival, including Matana Roberts, John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie), Lucrecia Dalt and The Bug, who have all selected their favorite videos, films and documentaries for the channel. We will also be streaming previously unseen live recordings of festival performances by Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sons of Kemet XL and Circuit des Yeux Ensemble; live sessions with Dutch artists; Zoom interviews; uncommissioned work of video artists; a documentary about Le Guess Who?; and highlights from the thirteen-year archive of the festival.
LGW OFF will take visitors to well-known–as well as new–LGW locations on 14 and 15 November. Despite these uncertain times, Le Guess Who? is pleased to be able to offer a completely Corona-proof program to local and national visitors. This year, the live program is dedicated entirely to Dutch artists with a strong urge to innovate – a theme that is very much related to the artistic vision of the festival.
Many of the LGW OFF performances are hosted by partners such as Roadburn Festival, IMPAKT, Movies That Matter, Stranded FM, Catching Cultures Orchestra and CinemAsia. Early Bird Mystery Tickets for LGW OFF are available now, while the exact program will be announced at a later date.