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Unsound announces Flower Power as this year’s festival theme

In a twist of direction, Krakow’s international festival turns floral to mark the Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary

The Krakow based Unsound festival turns to Flower Power to celebrate its 15th birthday in October. The theme, say Unsound’s organisers, is more regenerative than previous festivals, which have floated under such banners as Future Shock, Horror, Interference and The End. The Flower Power tag provides a means to resist “the temptation to spin off in a dystopian musical spiral in response to instability”, maintains Unsound director Mat Schulz. “We feel more than ever that this year’s theme should be multifaceted, reflecting darkness and light, growth and decay, ecological vulnerability and resourceful regeneration.”

Flower Power, say Unsound, will explore a culture in opposition to dominant forces, both marking the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1967 Summer of Love as a time of aspiration and chaos, and giving a nod towards Charles Baudelaire's The Flowers Of Evil. Looking at ideas of protest and hedonism, oppression and resistance, and utopian and dystopian sensibilities, the subject gives the festival space to explore “what might have preceded us and what might be left to sustain and grow after humans are gone. It is a response to the feeling of living in the shadow of the Doomsday Clock ticking ever more forcefully forward.”

The programme is yet to be announced, but it will include artists and commissioned work connected to the ongoing Unsound Dislocation project, which this year takes place in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

You can also watch a recent mini documentary about Unsound 2016.

Unsound Krakow 2017 will run from 8–15 October.