Gigantic love and thanks to everyone for joining us for Counterflows this year.
The love, compassion, laughter and dancing from everyone helped form a very special kind of social space for engaging with the music over the weekend. We feel so spoiled to have your support - and by so many of you (we sold out again!)
I feel in these fragile times art has a responsibility to engage truly with issues politically across the spectrum whether that’s in issues of gender, race, economics, environment or community. With setting up a platform like Counterflows we need to consider these things properly and at least attempt to listen and actively present and open up the dialogue in a positive way and in a tolerant and social space.
Fielding and I are so grateful to have your support for our endeavours at exploring music in this way. Musically we felt this was the most "experimental" (in the truest sense of the word) Counterflows yet - and we feel so privileged to work with and meet such an adventurous, friendly bunch of artists. You were magnificent and have made a lot of people very happy.
Of course the festival is about a lot of different people. Counterflows wouldn't be possible without sizeable levels of generosity and energy behind the scenes. Special thanks to Clare Hoare, Silja Strøm, Tara Pattenden, Oliver Pitt, Tim Matthew, Alice de Bourg, Sarah Lawson, Jo El Wheat, Gerry Blythe, Matilda Roberts, Dawid Laskowski, Gavin Robertson, the killer team of volunteers and everyone else who kept things afloat/special.
Our collaborators whose venues across Glasgow create the journey through the festival are so Important to us with their generosity and accommodating natures: Stand Comedy Club, Fred Paton Centre, The Doublet, The Art School, CCA, Garnethill Multicultural Centre, Tramway, St Ninian’s Episcopal Church, Queen’s Park Bowling and Tennis Club and of course Glad Café and all who work in these spaces.
We also are grateful to our funders that support the festival and without whose continued belief in what we are doing nothing would happen: Creative Scotland, British Council, PRS for Music Foundation, Goethe Institute, Sasakawa Foundation and many others who have support past projects.
Fielding and I are already puzzling over next year’s edition and have begun to plan. See you there in 2019. All the best Counterflows!