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Press release 20 November, 2006
Free for publication
Record audiences at Avanto
The festival of experimental music and film well received again
Avanto festival, which ended on Sunday, inspired a record audience to explore experimental music and film. The three-day-long event attracted nearly 4000 spectators, a 25% increase from the previous year. Among the audience favourites were the Sähkömetsä (Electric Forest) programme of early Finnish experimental film as well as the New Yorker Tony Conrad, one of the pioneers of experimental film and music.
The single most popular show in Avanto was Lee Ranaldo’s and Leah Singer’s joint performance Drift, which filled the Kiasma Theatre to its last seat. The festival’s opening concert, in which the audience enjoyed both Tony Conrad’s films and his hypnotic violin music, was also sold out. In Cinema Orion the average audience per screening was doubled with the Sähkömetsä programme as well as Tony Conrad’s films. Audience records were broken at the Friday's and Saturday's Avanto clubs as well.
For more information, please contact:
maria.bregenhoj [at] avantofestival.com
+358 (0)9 6941702
Print-quality still photos are also available. For more information please contact press secretary maria.bregenhoj(at)avantofestival.com
Preview DVDs and CDs
Preview DVDs of some of the films screened at the festival as well as CDs by some of the artists are available for press use. For more information please contact press secretary maria.bregenhoj(at)avantofestival.com
Many artists both from Finland and abroad will attend the festival and interviews can be arranged. For more information please contact press secretary maria.bregenhoj(at)avantofestival.com
Media accreditation to Avanto has started. Please fill out the form below and return it to the festival office. The accreditation dead-line has been moved to Tuesday 14 November.