Culture fused with music: Magnetic Fields returns to Alsisar Mahal with Floating Points at the helm
Globally recognised as one of the most beautiful festivals in the world for its blend of heritage arts mixed with contemporary culture, Magnetic Fields is quickly becoming associated with pushing future-facing sounds and alternative artists from India and around the world.
The three-day music and arts festival will be returning to Alsisar Mahal, a 17th century palace-turned-hotel. Held from 9-11 December 2016, the festival renews its collaboration with Red Bull Music Academy – the most iconic global patron for independent music.
This year’s impressive line-up includes electronic music heavyweights such as Sam Shepherd – otherwise known as Floating Points, Berlin-based Roman Flügel, Austrian producer and keyboardist Dorian Concept alongside progressive Indian electronic producers such as BLOT!
Pulse and Bloom, the fantastic and largest biofeedback installation finally comes to the Alsisar desert, after travelling all over the world starting at Burning Man. SHED, a Surat-based research and design studio that was showcased earlier on Bound, will present traditional boardgames from India like chess and chausar.
With entirely new concepts such as Magnetic Words – an intimate and inspiring space where storytelling takes centre stage, it promises to be an immersive, curated experience unlike any other on the Indian circuit. Leading the handpicked panel of names is Delhi-based Scottish writer and historian, William Dalrymple, singer and actress Monica Dogra and Anita Anand, an award-winning British radio and TV presenter and journalist among many others.
The theme for 2016 is Navigation, drawing on sound and vibration to navigate the realms of space and time using the sacred knowledge of ancient astronomers, alchemists, mystics and mathematicians. The festival aesthetic will illustrate the theme using materials like reclaimed wood, bamboo, handmade paper and muslin.
Dates: 9-11 December 2016
Venue: Alsisar Mahal, Alsisar, Rajasthan
Image credits: Magnetic Fields if not otherwise stated.