Concept and background
SPOR's vision is to thematise, actualize and promote the contemporary music and sound art, nationally as well as internationally. SPOR creates a platform for stronger connections to the international sound art and music scenes - and therefore fruitful exchange which can inspire artists and further develop the Danish contemporary music.

The main activity of SPOR is the annual festival, which was held in 2005 for the first time, taking place each year in May in the city of Aarhus, Denmark. Since June 2007 Anne Marqvardsen and Anna Berit Asp Christensen have been the festival directors of SPOR.

Aarhus as the host for SPOR festival originates from a long tradition. Aarhus 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, from 1978-2002. 

SPOR New Music School
Besides the festival activities, SPOR is the initiator of other activities that go beyond the festival. SPOR New Music School is an educational initiative focusing on composition, experimental instrumentation and performance for music students between the age of 11-15. 

The project was initiated in 2015 with the support of Aarhus 2017 and a three-year grant from Aarhus 2017 Fonden. Based on established as well as new collaborations, SNMS will continue in 2018 as part of SPOR festival - involving a range of both Danish and international musical forces.

Read more about SPOR New Music School here.

The board of SPOR festival consists of SPOR's artistic directors and the following members:

Lasse Laursen - co-founder of SPOR / Composer and Associate Professor at the Danish Academy of Music

Jens Voigt - co-founder of SPOR / Composer, founder and chairman of the online magazine Seismograf

Sara Topsøe-Jensen - Artistic director of Carte Blanche, Viborg regional theater

Kaj Duncan David - Composer

Rune Søchting - Sound artist and PhD

Guest curator

Every year SPOR collaborates with a guest curator or a curator team selected by the festival directors and in consultation with the board. 

This ensures that the festival changes tracks each year and keeps away from the habitual thinking it is trying to avoid. SPOR is the only festival in Europe with this concept.

As a new feature, this year the renowned Belgian/Dutch composer and sound artist Cathy van Eck has been invited to curate the festivals's exhibition programme. With her great artistic ingenuity and integrity, she will contribute to a surprising program that can be experienced until the end of May.

Archive SPOR festival 2005-2016

Archive of participating artists 2005-2017