Festival - Projects - Events
VIA is an internationally-recognized festival, series of events, and platform for the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology in various forms IRL and online.
To date we have produced 5 festivals, 200+ events, 25+ projects / commissions, and brought over 400 artists from home and around the world to Pittsburgh. We are excited to see VIA's footprint expand in 2014 with the addition of our VIA Chicago branch.
VIA's programming consists of audio-visual performances, concerts, workshops, screenings, lectures, indie games and experimental interactive works. Sonically our palette is broad, you'll hear everything from juke/footwork to hardcore, rock to techno, rap to experimental composition. Genre is not what defines our bookings, rather it's a selection of artists on the rise who we consider to be pushing their field in new directions or essential in their dedication to a practice based in experimentation.
Maintaining extensive cultural and educational partnerships with creative organizations large and small throughout Pittsburgh, North America, and abroad are integral to VIA’s programming and mission to strengthen a network for the advancement of adventurous music, art, and culture. VIA is 1 of 4 United States organizations out of 35 worldwide included in the International Cities of Advanced Sound ICAS network.
VIA is a 100% volunteer-run endeavor with 12 year-round contributors and many more during festival time. Pittsburgh: Lauren Goshinski, Quinn Leonowicz, Kevin Ramser, Edgar Um Bucholtz, Eileen Angulo, Juan Agusto Lafontaine, Naeem Martinez-White, Allison Cosby, Leigh Yock Chicago: Bojan Jovanovic, Anthony Edward Argentine, Vincent theodore Naples, Ricky Serrano (Them Flavors / Rogue Agency)
VIA began with the help of a Sprout Seed Award, a Pittsburgh grant supporting projects that are “innovative, non-traditional ideas that focus on current issues and challenges faced by the community, and inspire a diverse group of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged.”