Each year, UAMO (Urban Art and Media Organization) organize an international city tour and festival celebrating contemporary art. For the past decade, the non-profit group have hosted an annual 4-day festival in Munich, celebrating artists on a national and international level. UAMO offers artists from across the world the chance to display their work at a very interactive festival – where workshops are organized, readings take place and live performances allow for public participation. There’s a motto for each festival, and this year’s focus is on beauty, and our perception of it.
This year, it’s taking place at Einstein Kultur, close to Max-Weber-Platz, and will feature work from artists from Oman, Tehran, Los Angeles, Accra, Rio de Janeiro, Calgary, Istanbul and more.
Over the course of the four days, three bands will play. Tonight, Munich duo Two Tone Trigger will take to the stage:
And on Saturday, electro punkers 9 Volt will take to the stage:
There’s plenty more going on besides music.
On Saturday, Nerd Nite will take place as part of UAMO – particularly interesting is the lecture on “the commercialization of a subculture”- and how graffiti art has gone from being an underground movement to being something widely celebrated in the mainstream.
And on Sunday from 4pm, the UAMO art battle will commence. I’m also very excited about some of the workshops taking place. Pretty Trash, a recycling creative workshop will demonstrate how you can turn your trash into works of art looks like excellent fun (particularly for kids, who get in for free), and there are a few sewing workshops planned over the course of the festival (which could be pretty useful, if you’re as terrible a seamstress as I am).
Entrance for adults costs 8 €, and the festival will get underway tonight at 8pm.