re:Naissance Opera’s IndieFest is a musical gathering that brings together artists and audiences from all walks of life to expand artistic practices, experience new works of art, and express creative voices.
This year’s IndieFest brings Vancouver’s first Indie Opera Hackathon. Through the fast paced sprint of a hackathon, re:Naissance Opera is gathering creatives and experts from the opera, theatre, digital media, and technology sectors to build capacity and network through collaborative creation. A traditional hackathon could result in the development of web apps, mobile apps, hardware or software that address challenges in the tech sector. Opera has embraced technology since its birth, using innovation to evolve the art form through time. In this hackathon, the collaboration of the theatre and tech world will focus on finding innovative technological solutions to the challenges faced in live performance.
This four day event will see teams of 4-5 participants work together to conceptualize and create a product that responds to an industry challenge that interests them. Through this period, they will receive mentorship from experts from both the opera and tech sector. Each participant will receive a $1,000 honorarium for their time. At the end of the four day sprint, a final presentation of the product in process will be presented to a panel and fellow participants for feedback.