26 – 30 July 2018, Tehran

The 4th edition of SET, Tehran’s annual experimental music festival, is dedicated entirely to artistic dialogue with Berlin. Entitled SET X CTM, the 5-day festival takes place 26-30 July 2018 in Tehran, and has been conceived and organized in close collaboration with Berlin’s CTM – the city’s leading festival and hub for experimental music and cutting-edge sound practice.

The collaboration between SET and CTM started in 2016, when support from The Goethe-Institute enabled the two partners to commission Sacred Horror in Design, a pioneering collaboration between Tehran-based artist Sote, and Berlin-based artist and Thom Yorke/Nicolas Jaar collaborator Tarik Barri, which subsequently led to the first showcase of Iranian electronic music at CTM 2017 in Berlin.

With SET X CTM, the two festivals intensify their efforts to foster cultural dialogue and to strengthen the growing network between Tehran and Berlin. Co-funded by The Goethe-Institut’s International Coproduction Fund, the festival will see the premiere of two new commissions that bring together artists from the two cities: Iranian duo 9T Antiope collaborate on an a/v project with renowned filmmaker and visual artist Rainer Kohlberger, while Berlin-based experimental musician Rabih Beaini meets Tehran-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Pouya Pouramin to create a piece for electronics and small acoustic ensemble.

The critically acclaimed Sacred Horror In Design will also be presented at SET x CTM ahead of its upcoming vinyl release on the respected label Sub Rosa. Also appearing for the first time in Tehran will be the pioneering computer musician, audiovisual experimenter, and co-developer of Ableton’s game-changing “Live” software, Robert Henke, who will present one of his stunning Monolake Live performances, in addition to offering a workshop for musicians and audiovisual creators. Iranian artists Rojin Sharafi and mHz will debut new work alongside performances by SET mainstays Temp-Illusion, Amir B. Ash and Umchunga.

SET X CTM also includes workshops, presentations and a panel discussion between artists and organizers from both cities. The five-day event will take place between 26th and 30th of July in various venues and locations in Tehran. For more information please visit .