The much-loved Restrung Festival returns in 2021, but this year will be taking over Metro Arts’ new West End venue from 14 to 16 October. Once again bringing audiences a banquet of boundary-pushing, strings-driven music and art; this time, the spotlight shines firmly on local artists.
The three-day program features a dazzling program of celebrated and emerging talent, packed with bespoke events, unique collaborations and bold new works.
Festival Curator and award-winning cellist Danielle Bentley said, “I’m so excited to announce the fourth edition of Restrung Festival has found its home at the incredible new Metro Arts venue this October.”
“For the uninitiated, this is an experience for the savvy listener and the curious at heart. The 2021 festival will be a roller coaster ride of string-centric art music and immersive installations.”
Restrung Festival explores the spaces within and between musical and artistic genres of classical, electronica, folk, jazz, rock, pop, minimalism and more. These performances cannot be put into a box or bound by a single word – the bill has been curated specifically to challenge people’s perceptions.
The always-surprising and ever-evolving Topology promise a cathartic release with their new work Killing Music, while the newly formed supergroup Hope’s Beautiful Symphony offer a bracing meditation in sound.
Other highlights include experimental-sound stalwarts Dots+Loops, renowned ensemble Bentley String Quintet performing GANGgajang’s Robbie James’ new work Dreaming In The Sand, and a double-bill performance by electronic voyagers Tess King and Voltfruit.
On Saturday evening, Metro Arts’ outdoor Factory Lane will come alive with free pop-up performance sincluding Zac Sacrewski, Sallianna Seven and Bentley & Scott, alongside theatre performances by the legendary David Bentley Trio joined by virtuoso violinist Shenzo Gregorio, and the Closing Night Party with Estampa serving an unbridled journey from a 1930ʼs Parisian jazz club to the streets of São Paulo.
In addition to genre-bending performances, audiences can immerse themselves in installations created by Pat Hoffie, Leah Barclay and more.
Expect joyous explorations, spontaneous art making, and a musical smorgasbord of the new, the raw and the beautiful.
14 – 16 October, 2021
Metro Arts, 97 Boundary Street, West End