Århus has a long tradition as a forward looking and visionary platform for the contemporary music and sound art. This position was especially established via the annual NUMUS festival - established and realized by the composer Karl Aage Rasmussen over a period of 25 years. SPOR shares the same goal as that set by NUMUS: to create a festival which is alive, visionary and full of power. SPOR took place for the first time in 2005 under the leadership of Thomas Agerfeld Olsen with the composer Niels Rønsholdt as curator. From the start SPOR was met with enthusiastic reviews and excited reactions from the public.
SPOR 2007 was the largest festival in SPOR's history and made a broad mark for itself both internationally and in Denmark. As a result of this success the festival's board decided to continue the collaboration with Anne Marqvardsen and Anna Berit Asp Christensen, the curators for SPOR 2007 who in June 2007 became the festival's new leaders.
The new leaders vision for SPOR is a festival that will thematize, actualize and promote the arts. SPOR is a festival that creates a platform for stronger connections to the international sound art and music scenes and therefore fruitful exchange that can inspire artists and further develop Danish contemporary music. SPOR's mission is to present national and international sound-art and contemporary music of high quality to a Danish and international public. The festival should at the same time engage and stimulate debate by dealing with themes and issues that are crucial to our time.

Behind SPOR stands a Board, made up of people from the Danish and Nordic music scenes: Lasse Laursen, composer and teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in Århus//Jens Voigt Lund, composer and editor of (vice chair)//Katrine Ganer Skaug, manager Orchester Norden//Rune Søchting, electronic composer and musician, Co-ordinator of the Nordic Sound Art MA study program//Anna Berit Asp Christensen (festival director)//Anne Marqvardsen (festival director)

SPOR is looking for someone to curate SPOR 2011. If you want to take part in the competition to work as curator please send your programme suggestions to us before the 1st August 2009.

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The English composer, installation and performance artist Joanna Bailie has won the curatorial competition for SPOR 2010. The Arts Council has selected Joanna Bailie as one of the 20 artists to be guests in Denmark under the DIVA (Danish International Visiting Artists Exchange Programme) scheme.

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