Ars Independent in City of Music

In 2015, Katowice joined the UNESCO Creative Cities network as a City of Music. This is a prestigious title that the city has to live up to, therefore Ars Independent will present documentaries and films in which music plays the biggest role. It will be about all sorts of music: magical in Brazil, forbidden in Mali, forgotten in Great Britain.

The City of Music is a natural continuation of our previous musical pursuits. This year, we will see three films from three different corners of the world. The screenings will take place in the festival club A Door Called Horse on Warszawska 37.

In “Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared”, Bill Drummond, known for burning a million quid on stage, travels through Europe lead by his impossible imagination, willing to remind us how we take music for granted since it became commonplace. At the same time, he encourages us to find a way to relive music anew, chiefly by looking inwards.

“Boy & the World” is an Oscar-nominated, almost dialogue-free animated fable from Brazil. In its own special way, it underlines the universality of the musical language, which does not discriminate by age or geography.

“They Will Have To Kill Us First” proves that live music can be a matter of life and death. It tells a story of how introducing Sharia law and banning music in Mali changed the everyday life of its society.

“This year at Ars it’ll be louder than ever. Apart from the City of Music, we’re preparing a couple concerts, dancing afterpartys with DJs and a real lot of music videos: from the Black Horses, through 360 degree VR videos and horror music videos, to A Pervert’s Guide to Polish Music Videos and The Guardians of the Mainstream.” comments Bartek Sołtysik, Ars Independent Festival media spokesperson.