The theme is dislocation, which will cover the festival's flagship edition in Kraków this October plus other events across the globe.
The theme will run across 2016 and 2017, encompassing Unsound's main festival in Kraków, Poland, as well as satellite events in New York, Toronto, Malmö and a clutch of Eastern European and Asian countries: Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine.
"The long and provocative tension between center and periphery often fuels cultural development," says Unsound's artistic director, Mat Schulz. "Being based in Kraków, Poland, we know this well and have worked hard to break down such binaries. The very idea of a Polish-born festival producing prominent music events in New York, London, Toronto and Adelaide is unusual. But at a time when the world feels increasingly unstable, we want to more consciously explore all sorts of fertile peripheries in the context of geography, politics, identity, online interaction and more generally the contemporary social environment."
Unsound Kraków will run from October 16th through 23rd. Full lineup details will be announced soon. The experimental festival's 2015 theme caused a stir—read Ryan Keeling's review here.