Guillermo Gonzalez Abad
Mujeres y Música
Escuela de Oficios Electrosonoros
XXXO: Movimiento interdisciplinar sobre arquitectura y creación artística y social
Other collaborations: Siren UK (an organization that gives voice to female and female-identified musicians across the UK) and Femme Electronique, which pursues the same objective in Uganda.
ITHAKA is a music festival that revolves around the power of music as a tool for social change and focuses on inclusivity, social diversity, gender equality & environmentalism.
We challenge attendees to reflect on the issues that are central to our philosophy, confronting them with matters pertaining to sustainability & social responsibility by widely discussing about these subjects through open talks and by featuring a rich line-up with gender-diverse artists from all sociocultural backgrounds
Zarza de G., Extremadura (Spain) in an old Arab walled city from the IX century surrounded by nature
ITHAKA is an inclusive, diverse & collaborative project that inspires democracy through art by creating an open stage for talent from all backgrounds, generating an exchange between artists and the public, confronted with a societal model that is replicable, bottom up, well beyond the festival area.
Our project is to be replicated yearly with a four-year program that will take us to three other different locations across the North, West and South of Spain, bringing this philosophy across the country and multiplying its societal impact -as well as fostering our artists and partners along the way
To ensure the success of the project we will implement quality production, national & international press campaign and a strong social media strategy. We have also teamed up with other experienced associations of civil society to help us push the project to the next level, give it voice and amplify its message
Although innovative and rarely found elsewhere, our concept isn't new: it feeds on past initiatives in which we've inspired ourselves to create our contribution to a more inclusive Europe
Music has taught me many things: to care more about the people around me, to respect women up & beyond the stage & to love diversity. A crowd listening to a concert is nothing but a small-scale society & I want to replicate the good practices that have taught me so much to educate people about them.
Our beneficiaries are our partners, artists and attendees. The latter are our most important stakeholders and everybody is welcome to attend: elder, young and middle-aged. We expect to receive the most people from the surrounding areas to the festival site, but also from the rest of Spain and beyond
I'd love to hear people's impressions regarding the feasibility of the idea and the strength of its design, as well as comments on ideas or concepts that could be improved. Also I would like to know if there is something that might seem inconsistent or inappropriate. Thanks for reading.