Europe’s SHAPE platform shares 2018 lineup, featuring Pan Daijing, Nkisi, Tomoko Sauvage, and practically all of your non-problematic faves!

Europe’s SHAPE platform shares 2018 lineup, featuring Pan Daijing, Nkisi, Tomoko Sauvage, and practically all of your non-problematic faves!

Dear Europe: I hope you’re ready for a 2018 to end all 2018s, because the SHAPE platform — that’s “Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe” — just announced their 2018 list of artists, and it turns out that they’re bringing all your favorite musicians and sound artists to festivals across the continent (and beyond!) throughout the year. Better start gassing up the Volkswagen!

The SHAPE platform, for all you sorry non-SHAPERS out there, centers “audiovisual projects and sound artists alongside musical acts that range from post-grime and techno to free improvisation and acousmatic music” in collaboration with teams from 16 festivals (and then they pass the savings on to you!!!) and various media partners like Tiny Mix Tapes (that’s us!!!), The Wire, NTS, The Quietus, and more. Originally slated to run for only three years, SHAPE is back until 2021 with support from the European Union’s Creative Europe Programme, which just proves why they’ve always been my #1 favorite EU programme.

But let’s get to that sticky, juicy lineup, huh?! Next year, SHAPE will be bringing you: Pan Daijing, Nkisi, Tomoko Sauvage, Malibu, JASSS, Yamaneko, Bonaventure, and exactly 41 others (full list on SHAPE’s website here) at events all around this big, dying marble we call a globe. It all kicks off January 26 at Berlin’s CTM Festival, featuring “artistic presentations and public talks” from acts including JASSS, Nene H, and NAKED; so be sure to come thru.

Of course, if you’re hankerin’ to keep up-2-d@te on SHAPE’s goings-on throughout the year — or otherwise desire to offer a nuanced critique of their web design — stick close to this link right here, and we’ll make all your dreams happen. In any case, *happy holidays, Europe* — and a SHAPELY New Year!

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