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

The Summary – Counterflows & Novas Frequencias

Back in Scotland I arrived to a cold house. As seems like a tradition on returning, the boiler had failed and the air was damp and unforgiving but I was buoyed with optimism continued after my amazing trip to Brazil by a chance meeting on the the London Glasgow shuttle with a young newly wed couple returning to Glasgow from Palestine. Their positive attitude about their future was inspiring.

And what of Novas Frequencias and Counterflows… There are so many similarities between the two festivals. Our aims to create opportunitiies for new work to be produced and to support artists locally but with a view to the global cultural impact their work can bring to themselves and to the communities that they represent. I had to keep reminding myself that Rio has a population almost twice the size of Scotland, nevermind Glasgow, but somehow, and this is a reflection I think on the vibrant Scottish arts scene, there is a comparable desire to challenge and look innovately at how we deliver the arts that is really encouraging. There are striking differences of course. These are , as you would expect, in the way that the arts are funded. But this is the endless puzzle and dichotomy of private and public funding. I think that it is a healthy thing to look at these things together as there are no simple solutions. Holding on to the integrity and belief in what we are doing is the key to this dichotomy and what I saw in Rio was a really strong belief in their festival. From the organisers and the audiences alike. I feel this also can be seen in Glasgow and with Counterflows.

So to the future… already for Counterflows 2015 Chico and I are planning the Brazilian invasion. Chinese Cookie Poets and Negro Leo will perform on the opening night of the festival, Thursday 2nd April and with some guests from Glasgow. The night will be a celebration of the collaboration between the two festivals. Counterflows 2015 line-up will be announced in the new year. Hopefully if all goes well Scottish artists will then return to Rio for the 5th edition of Novas Frequencias.

And finally to end these posts from Brazil I’d just like to thank Creative Scotland for supporting the beginnings of this exciting project and for supporting AC Projects so far in its endeavours. I’d also like to thank the British Council for initiating this partnership and collaboration and their encouragement across the international stage, their teams in Brazil and UK have been great.

See you at Counterflows 2015

Alasdair

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