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Novas Frequências announces line-up

Organiser Chico Dub tells The Wire what to expect from this year’s festival happening in Rio

Brazilian festival Novas Frequências has announced the list of artists confirmed for this year’s edition coming up in December. Now in its sixth year, the festival has grown from a small, one-venue event held at Rio's cultural centre Oi Futuro Ipanema, into a multiple venue affair involving artist residencies, sound walks and installations happening all over the city.

“We're expecting around 4000 people to attend througout six festival days,” says festival curator Chico Dub. “Most people are Rio based but we host visitors from other cities as well, specially São Paulo. I hope to have a more international audience in the following years, but dimensions in South America are huge, which makes it quite expensive to travel around it. I know it does not make any sense, but sometimes it’s cheaper to go to France or Germany than to travel within our own Continent.”

The 2016 line-up includes Elysia Crampton, Xiu Xiu, Mexican Jihad & Fausto Bahía from The NAAFI collective, Rakta, Thiago Miazzo, and a live cinema collaboration between Vincent Moon, Rabih Beaini and Priscilla Telmon. ”Cosmogonia is the link between Vincent's transmedia projects Rituals and Hibridos, both CTM Festival debuts last January.” adds Chico Dub. “It is a visual journey through territories and continents in a large telluric and shamanic swirl, mixing secular trance rituals around the world with an ethnographic study of the religious cults and mystical rhythms of Brazilian syncretism. Rabih loops and manipulates the recording sounds while Priscilla plays live drumming, percussion and different objects.”

As well as the above, Novas Frequências’s partners SHAPE will hold a showcase for artists from their roster, including Andreas Trobollowitsch, Black Zone Myth Chant, JG Biberkopf, Mr. Mitch, Stine Janvin Motland and many more.

The festival will take place between 3–8 December at various venues in Rio. The programme also features talks, panel discussions, workshops and installations.