TodaysArt Festival transforms The Hague into an inspiring stronghold of creativity and audiovisual experiences, with performances, installations and projections. TodaysArt uses and transforms the city's infrastructure and creates temporary spaces to produce events in inspiring settings, such as main squares, public buildings, museums, concert halls, clubs and theatres. By offering a high quality and large-scale program at a very low price, TodaysArt has become one of the world's most accessible art, music and technology festivals of its scale.
Headliners TodaysArt 2017 Oscar-nominated Hauschka performs a special live A/V show based on his latest album
What If. Arranged as a one-man-piece, the show takes three prepared player pianos, which are explored for their percussive qualities. Mixed with electronic and noise elements they form the experimental playing field for Hauschka’s distinct imaginative soundscapes. The performance is followed by a special live set from celebrated German producer Christian Löffler.
Ata Kak, Ghanaian artist and icon behind the Awesome Tapes of Africa phenomenon, brings his buoyant live show to the festival. With his energising blend of highlife, rap, funk and electronica, he sets the stage the festival's explosive club program.
Laurel Halo premieres her newest solo work from her ephemeral and shapeshifting third album ‘Dust’. Additionally for ‘Still be Here’, a hybrid performance piece around virtual pop-idol Hatsune Miku, Halo has composed the score, as part of a special collaborative commission. ‘Still be Here’ looks at the multiple constructed identities of vocal synthesiser turned cyber-celebrity Hatsune Miku, who will take shape on stage as a 3D hologram projection. After debuting at CTM festival last year, ‘Still be Here’ is coming to TodaysArt for its Dutch première.
Tehran-based electronic music composer Sote presents ‘Sacred Horror in Design’, a Dutch première in collaboration with musicians Arash Bolouri (santoor) and Behrouz Pashaei (setar). The opening concert of the festival, Sote’s performance sets out to conjure a “Persian techno apocalypse” where electronics merge with traditional Persian acoustic instruments and meld together with a stunning A/V show by visual artist Tarik Barri (Thom Yorke, Monolake and Nicolas Jaar).
Thomas Ankersmit returns back to TodaysArt, with a world première of “Serge & Mondriaan”. A special commissioned piece, Ankersmit is retrieving the musical vision of Dutch modernist painter Piet Mondrian and translating it into an electronic composition for a contemporary audience using the first prototype of the Serge Modular synthesiser.
Club nights As Clone Records marks its 25th anniversary, the legendary Rotterdam label is curating one of the festival’s 7 club sessions inviting Legowelt, Aleksi Perala and Inga Mauer. Further genre-bending dance music comes from emerging talent Tomasa del Real, Marie Davidson, Clap! Clap! plus SHAPE artists Ron Morelli, Toxe, N.M.O. and Olivia. Winning over the crowd with her energetic techno set last year, Charlotte Bendiks returns with Boska for a special live set and Mexico-city-based label collective NAAFI completes the festival’s exciting spectrum of dance music.