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Refraction Festival kicks off this weekend with sets from Mathew Jonson, Ciel, Yu Su and more

object blue, Omar-S, Roza Terenzi are among those confirmed for the digital festival

  • Jemima Skala
  • 18 July 2020
Refraction Festival kicks off this weekend with sets from Mathew Jonson, Ciel, Yu Su and more

Refraction Festival this week confirmed its final schedule, and kicked off on Thursday July 16.

The festival will take place entirely online and runs for two weeks until July 31.

It is an ambitious event, running digitally through livestream links to explore what a music and arts festival might look like in a socially distanced society. The two-week programme includes special live sets from the likes of Omar-S, Roza Terenzi, Marcellus Pittman, D. Tiffany and Hieroglyphic Being, as well as audiovisual performances from artists working with sound, fashion, visual and digital art.

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This weekend, you can catch sets by Mathew Jonson, Ciel with Sandro S. Petrillo and Yu Su.

Other artists to perform include object blue, Amazondotcom, The 83rd, DJ Stingray, MoMa Ready and Channel Tres. Nyege Nyege Tapes will also curate the streams on July 25, featuring artists like Dj Diaki, Ecko Bazz, MC Yallah and Afrorack.

All streams from the festival will be available in a virtual gallery for a month after the festival has taken place.

Tickets for Refraction Festival are free or by donation. The festival will be fundraising equally for Color Of Change, The Bail Project, Primary Colours, The Okra Project and Afrotectopia.

Sign up for tickets here, and see the full schedule below.



Jemima Skala is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor. Follow her on Twitter

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