King Midas Sound & Christian Fennesz. Photo: Jimmy Mould
King Midas Sound & Christian Fennesz. Photo: Jimmy Mould




Lighthouse and Sonic Acts present Progress Bar Amsterdam – a regular night for “cutting edge thinking and dancing” (FACT Magazine 2015), mixing talks, screenings, performance and a club in a single night.

Christian Fennesz performing in Lisbon. Photo: Luis Martins
Christian Fennesz performing in Lisbon. Photo: Luis Martins

Since launching at Lighthouse in Brighton in 2015, Progress Bar has connected artists and audiences across the globe, and celebrated the work of contemporary culture’s most exciting names, from vanguard music producers and filmmakers to pioneering artists and activists.

With a focus on music, Amsterdam editions have featured fascinating talks on topics including how London’s gentrification is impacting its clubs, the politics of transgender, and how a collective of African artists are using sound to articulate the visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society, and in turn distribute power. Performances have featured a genre-spanning line-up of international talent including London-based beatmaker, MC and artist GAIKA, French Kudro music producer and DJ Nidia Minaj, and Marco Gomez, a Brooklyn-based DJ and multidisciplinary artist who straddles the intersection between nightlife and socio-political activism.

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Progress Bar Amsterdam S02E02 | Photos.
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Progress Bar Amsterdam S01E03 | Photos.
Progress Bar Amsterdam S01E02 | Photos.
Progress Bar Amsterdam S01E01 | Photos.

Progress Bar Amsterdam is presented by Lighthouse, in partnership with Sonic Acts. Sonic Acts was founded in 1994. It has initiated numerous projects and festivals with an interdisciplinary approach and a strong focus on contemporary and historical developments at the intersection of art, technology, music and science. Besides Dark Ecology, recent projects – often in collaboration with partner organisations throughout Europe – include the Kontraste Festival in Austria and the internationally touring Vertical Cinema project, as well as the latest festival in 2015 in Amsterdam, entitled The Geologic Imagination.



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