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Cutting edge performance by established international artists, crossing the boundaries of music, theatre, visual and electronic art. It is produced by Cryptic, who are responsible for some of the most fascinating live performance work in the country. Since its launch in 2012, the festival has presented over 400 events by 180 artists from six continents. It returns for autumn 2019.

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Thu 31 Oct

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Fri 1 Nov

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Sat 2 Nov

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Sun 3 Nov

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Mon 4 Nov

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Tue 5 Nov

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Wed 6 Nov

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Thu 7 Nov

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Fri 8 Nov

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Sat 9 Nov

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Sun 10 Nov

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Mon 11 Nov

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Reviews & features

Our favourite events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this October

4 Oct 2017

And yes, Stranger Things is on the list

There's plenty to be getting on with in the run up to Halloween. We've selected 10 events to mark in the diary, covering TV, film, theatre, art, music and more.

New music-theatre piece Shorelines remembers a long-forgotten and deadly tragedy

3 Oct 2017

Director Josh Armstrong tells us more about the production ahead of its performance at Sonica 2017

It was 1am when Peggy Morgan reached out her hand from under the bed covers, and felt ice cold water rising from the floor beneath. Disorientated in the darkness, she woke her husband and young baby and the trio battled their way outside, clinging to…

Underwater concert and four other events to get excited about at Sonica 2017

1 Jun 2017

Sonic arts from Denmark, Czech Republic, Belguim, Japan and the UK come to Glasgow

Cryptic's biennial visual sonic arts festival returns to Glasgow this autumn. Across eleven days the festival presents works from over 40 international artists, with four world premieres, 12 UK premieres and eight Cryptic commissions. Here we take a…

Sonica festival takes new sounds to new places

9 Sep 2015

Third biennial celebration of the intersections between music, visual art, performance and tech

Cryptic's Sonica festival returns in October, and the Glasgow-wide cross-disciplinary festival is spreading its wings further than ever. Cryptic's artistic director Cathie Boyd cheerfully outlines Sonica's central operating principle: 'There are no…

Sonica - various venues, Glasgow, Thu 31 Oct–Sun 3 Nov 2013

8 Nov 20133 stars

The sound art festival features performances and installations from Raydale Dower and HC Gilje

‘Sound Art’ is an eclectic genre, encompassing electro-acoustic composition and installation soundscapes. The Sonica festival’s intention, to provide ‘sonic art for the visually minded’, goes further, programming cross-platform opera (The Buffer Zone…

Audio art festival Sonica to showcase works by Luke Fowler, Claudia Molitor and Janek Schaefer

18 Oct 2012

From Arika’s Kill Your Timid Notion to Glasgow International, sound and vision have become increasingly promiscuous bedfellows over the last decade. Throw in an increased sense of theatricality to sound-based art, and all the elements are in place for…

Launch Video -- Sonica 2012 on Vimeo

Sonica 2013 preview

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