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Moor Mother and Paul Purgas to curate Wysing Polyphonic 2018

Planned with a “thread of mysticism and spiritual energy”, this year's bill features Aïsha Devi, Neil Charles & Elaine Mitchener, Caterina Barbieri, AGF Poem Producer and Lafawndah

The ninth edition of Wysing Arts Centre's music festival has been programmed in collaboration with their 2018 artist-in-residence Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother and long-term friend of the arts space Paul Purgas of Emptyset. The programme, they say, has been built around ideas of hidden energies and mysticism. This will be the second time Wysing director Donna Lynas has worked with an artist on the festival's programme. Last year she invited NON co-founder Melika Ngombe Kolongo aka Nkisi to curate the event.

“When I started thinking about this year’s festival I kept coming back to Fetish Bones [Moor Mother's 2016 release] and thought it would be interesting to speak to Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa) to see how her thinking might be made visible within a music festival format,” explains Lynas.

“The line-up was shared between us all with a collective sense of shaping a programme that could incorporate themes of empowerment, community, ancestry and futurity and consider a wide correlation of disciplines and approaches to the sonic and performative, addressing seen and unseen power and the transformative potential of sound” adds Purgas.

So far announced for the line-up is Aïsha Devi, AGF Poem Producer, DJ Haram, Caterina Barbieri, Ewa Justka, Harrga, Lafawndah, Laraaji, Last Yearz Interesting Negro, Moor Mother, Mutamassik, Poulomi Desai, Phoebe Collings-James, Yatta, Charles-Mitchener (Neil Charles and Elaine Mitchener), Oretha, and Philomene Pirecki

Wysing Polyphonic takes place on 1 September. Tickets are on sale now.