Announcement

It is with great sadness we have to announce the decision to cancel Counterflows Festival 2020 due to the ongoing issues with COVID-19.

Putting international artists through the stress of cancelled flights and being potentially quarantined is just too much of a risk to take given the current situation. On top of this, it feels increasingly irresponsible to be holding social events of our scale given the risk of the virus spreading.

We will be issuing refunds for the festival via Eventbrite right away. Funds should be back in your account within the next 7 working days.

Counterflows is a small grassroots festival and we appreciate the love and support the artists, audience members, supporters/funders, staff and everyone else have given us on this venture.

As a small statement of solidarity, if you want to help support artists due to perform and their respective independent labels, we have made a list of music that is available for purchase on their bandcamp pages

We are working out our budgets at the moment and aim to pay all the artists cancel fees. If anyone is able is able to help boost the amount we give them you can do so by donating to us via PayPal at counterflowsfundraising@gmail.com. 100% of donations will be spread equally between the artists.

As it stands we will be focussing our energy on the 2021 edition of the festival, which will be our 10th year anniversary. The plan is to hopefully reschedule as much of the line-up for the 2020 festival as possible, as well as add some additional projects on top. This of course depends on funding and finances, but our fingers are crossed. We'll keep in touch.

Please look out for and support one another during this difficult time. We all need one another more than ever.

Love and strength,
Alasdair & Fielding – Team Counterflows

Original website still available below
A Festival Of Underground, Experimental & International Music
2 – 5 April 2020
Various Venues Around Glasgow

Sonic Bothy Kickstarter

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Counterflows is the core event of AC Projects but there are many other things that we do and this includes supporting new music residencies, installations and commissions. Coming up soon is a wonderful project from Sonic Bothy and although this has been supported by AC Projects, they still need to compete their funding and are looking for your support.

As many of you will know, Sonic Bothy is an award-winning Inclusive ensemble bringing together musicians with an additional learning need and Glasgow-based professional musicians to explore, compose and perform contemporary music.

Sonic Bothy are trying to raise funds to undertake an exciting residency at the CCA (Centre of Contemporary Art) in Glasgow during November 2015. This exciting opportunity will allow the Sonic Bothy musicians time to develop new music, whilst exploring the ideas behind the residency’s theme ‘Space + Listening + Democracy’.

To date, the work of Sonic Bothy has been funded with the aid of two funding awards from Creative Scotland but as yet, they have been unable to secure funding for this residency, which is why they need your help.

In total Sonic Bothy need to raise £2000 to enable the month long residency to happen. They have received £1000 from AC Projects but need to raise a further £1000 and to help raise the funds needed Sonic Bothy have launched a Kickstarter Campaign.

If you would like to help here is a link to the Kickstarter campaign.

Any donation, £5, £10…will be very gratefully received by Sonic Bothy.

More about this project…
Sonic Bothy is an award-winning Inclusive ensemble bringing together musicians with an additional learning need and Glasgow-based musicians to explore, compose and perform contemporary music. It was formed by musician and director, Claire Docherty, who has more than 10 years experience of delivering and developing participatory arts projects, and is comprised of an innovative and experienced team of 9 mixed-ability, creative musicians, some of whom are musicians/educators in Scotland’s new music scene.

To date, the work of Sonic Bothy has been funded with the aid of two funding awards from Creative Scotland but as yet, we have been unable to secure funding for this residency, which is why we need your help.

During the months of October and November Sonic Bothy has been invited by AC Projects to undertake an exciting and dynamic creative residency at CCA, Glasgow, called ‘Space + Listening + Democracy’. This exciting opportunity will allow the musicians time to develop new music, whilst exploring the ideas behind the residency’s themes.

Sonic Bothy will benefit from the opportunity to collaborate with artists Kirsty Stansfield and The One Ensemble, and in addition will deliver open learning sessions that will benefit around 30 other interested musicians with a disability. A sharing event will take place at the end of the residency to discuss our work, the outcome of which will in turn shape and inform future work.

Sonic Bothy is a truly unusual thing – an artist and participant-led new music ensemble with a fierce commitment to democracy, collaboration and creating original music embedded in Scotland’s new and experimental music landscapes.

We hope that you can help us to ensure that we are able to realise this opportunity to its fullest potential.

You can find out more about the residency here.

Risks and challenges

Until we reach our full funding amount we can’t contract some artists that we are very keen to collaborate with, that we feel will be greatly beneficial to our development. The sooner we are able to reach our target the sooner these arrangements can take place; our members bring a range of experience that will ensure the smooth running of the project from this point on.

Thanks for any help that you can offer.

Alasdair & Clare