Monday 24 March

Sat 1 March 2014 – Sun 30 March 2014

The Festival music programme includes special concerts and new commissions, beginning with a focus on Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki, and ending with a large-scale closing event with seminal music group Test Dept on the dramatic site of Dunston Staiths on the River Tyne.

Reputed to be Europe’s largest wooden structure, the Staiths was built on the River Tyne in 1893 to ship coal to the world. Test Dept will bring the drama and noise of the site back to life in a sonic, cinematic and lighting intervention.

Mid-Festival two weekends of new commissions, concerts and walks focus on the geology, topography and mining legacy of the landscape, including: Lee Patterson, Rhodri Davies & John Butcher, Common Objects, Chris Watson and Richard Skelton.

Akio Suzuki: oto–date Newcastle

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

Various outdoor locations, Newcastle

AV Festival commissioned the UK debut of Suzuki’s ongoing oto-date project. oto-date is... more