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M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL Announced for April 14-23, 2017 in Downtown Los Angeles

The inaugural M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL (Music & Arts ReSound) will take place Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 23, 2017 in Downtown Los Angeles at Angel City Brewery and Art Share L.A. Tickets are on sale now at festivalmars.com, with many events being available for free (details below).

This new 10-day festival will expand audience’s imaginations via never-before-seen pairings of music, art, fashion and dance. The festival’s programming features performances from over 35 local and internationally established contemporary musicians (ensembles, composers, and experimental bands) and artists (performance and visual).

Festival headliners include the Los Angeles-based Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (makingtheir Los Angeles-debut and only local appearance of the year), composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse, and the newly-formed M.A.R.S. Collective (a fluid ensemble consisting of local contemporary musicians showcasing a style of new music specific to Los Angeles and the festival). Full list of artists confirmed below.

“Through technology, human beings are more connected on a global level than ever before,” M.A.R.S. Festival Executive and Artistic Director Mak Grgic shares. “M.A.R.S. was born out of a need for a global interactive artistic platform, where different arts are paired and explored on a grand scale and everyone is welcomed. M.A.R.S. offers an insight into art reflecting the swooshing tempos of today – left, right, up and down. This is possible through cool new technologies of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, plus creative and interactive programming. We aim to give performance art a new spin – that of freedom of choice as to the place and time of events, looking beyond traditional venues in favor of exploring less conventional spaces. Eventually, everyone will be able to plug into a platform, where a performance is happening, just like in a matrix, but from anywhere and anytime. M.A.R.S. is what the future brings to the arts.”

The line-up for M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL 2017 here:



Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

M.A.R.S. Collective

International Contemporary Ensemble

Ensemble Pamplemousse


Jorge Sánchez Chiong

Katharina Rosenberger

Saad Haddad

Charles Peck

Alyssa Weinberg

Clemens Gadenstätter

Chaya Czernowin

Salvatore Sciarrino

Ashley Fure

Stefan Prins

Alexander Schubert

Natacha Diels

David Broome

Andrew Greenwald

Jessie Marino

Wen Liu


Performance/Visual Artists

Tiffany Trenda

Victor Wilde

Jay Mark Johnson

Amy Kaps

Daniel Leighton


Jennifer Vanderpool

Jesse Gilbert

Joe Rubinstein

Kio Griffith

Kristine Schomaker

Ned&Shiva Productions

Osceola Refetoff

Pearl C. Hsiung

Bryan Jacobs

Thomas Sturm


Experimental Bands




M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL 2017 will offer eight-days of free events — titled M.A.R.S. Test Site Salons — curated by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot featuring multimedia experiences, performance art, as well as artists using new technologies to create festival-specific sculptural installations. These artists, combined with experimental musical guests, will invite and activate these spaces in a nightly series of salon-style cross-platform events throughout the week.                           

Individual show passes with complimentary parking are available for $30 per person ($10 for students). In addition, a variety of ticketing and VIP packages are available — ranging from $50-$250 per person — that include perks, such as access to artist rehearsals, participation in exclusive artist gatherings and after parties, VIP Meet & Greets, and personalized gifts from the M.A.R.S. team and artists. For tickets and more info, visit festivalmars.com and connect @festivalmars on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Angel City Brewery
216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Art Share L.A.
801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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