Leaders from civic organizations, cultural institutions, government and business announced on Tuesday that Moogfest — an internationally acclaimed festival of music, art and technology — will debut in Durham in May 2016.
The festival will utilize many of the city’s downtown event venues and public spaces with a mix of ticketed and free programming.
“Our vision is to complement and support Durham’s momentum as a capital of technology, culture and entertainment,” said Emmy Parker, Brand Director at Moog Music. “Stakeholders from throughout the Triangle are helping us shape the festival so that it reflects the incredible research and creativity of the region, and serves as an international destination for innovators all over the world.”
Moogfest has been a festival of electronic music since 2004, known for presenting performances by early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today. Over the last several years, the festival has evolved to include a mind-expanding conference for creative and technology professionals. In 2014, Moogfest worked with Google Creative Lab, MIT Media Lab, EYEO and the New Museum on innovative concepts for daytime programming. Moogfest plans to bring similar exciting partnerships to Durham in 2016.
Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world. Over the last sixty years, Bob Moog and Moog Music have pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools for artists. This exchange between engineer and musician is celebrated with a unique festival format, where the creative process is understood as a collaboration among many people, across time and space, in commerce and culture.
“Durham is a city known for ambitious entrepreneurs and influential artists,” said Mayor Bill Bell, who joined in the announcement alongside County Commission Chairman Michael Page. “Moogfest fits very well in the Bull City.” The mayor went on to praise the local organizing committee that is working closely with Moogfest, including American Tobacco Historic District, Duke University, the Durham Chamber of Commerce, Research Triangle Park and the American Underground.
Local leaders and Moogfest producers made the announcement in the vintage “power plant” of the American Tobacco Historic District, which has come to symbolize Durham’s resurgence as a capital of the 21st century economy. In the past 24 months, six companies located within 100 yards of each other on the campus have made exits valued at a combined total of more than $1 billion. The historic district is also home to the original American Underground, a Google for Entrepreneurs startup hub that also includes locations in Raleigh and on Durham’s Main Street. Among the speakers supporting Moogfest was Bob Geolas, CEO of Research Triangle Park.
Moogfest has already created important partnerships and alliances with Durham businesses and organizations such as the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Art of Cool Festival, Durham Hip Hop Summit, the American Underground, The Startup Factory and Windsor Circle. Most notably, the famed Big Top Job Fair organized by The Startup Factory is slated to take place as part of Moogfest in 2016.