Polar Talks is an international series of inspiring talks and lectures on cutting edge topics, coalescing around one central theme – the Power of Music. Polar Talks focus on some of the myriad ways that music can produce powerful outcomes across a range of social, artistic and scientific disciplines. Josephine Forsman (Sahara Hotnights) and Malena Ernman will be among the speakers.
This year we are also proud to present a brand new conference under the Polar Music Prize banner:
Polar Tech aims to bridge the emotional and artistic strengths in music with the opportunities brought by technology through an exclusive line up of international speakers, master classes and lectures. The program is curated by Lisa Lindström and Anna Ryott and this first edition is focusing specifically on education and integration in combination with tech and music. Speakers are among others entrepreneur Ashish J Thakkar, Sophia Bendz (Executive in Residence at Atomico and former Global Marketing Manager at Spotify) and Fares Hamed (Changers Hub, Pistol Mgmt).
Meet the Laureates! The day ends with interviews on stage of this year’s Polar Music Prize Laureates. Dr Ahmad Sarmast, founder of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and Lars Ulrich from Metallica.
The Polar Talks, Polar Tech and Laureate interviews will all take place in Kungasalen at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Students from the Royal College of Music will perform Polar Music Prize inspired music live throughout the day.
More speakers and a detailed program will be announced soon.