Europe’s first NFT festival ‘Rare Effect’ combine art and music, virtually and physically

Art & Culture

Kicking off on 12th May, Rare Effect Vol 2. is a 10-day international NFT festival, combining a digital art exhibition with live DJ and artist performances. 

Hosted by Lisbon-based Arroz Estudios and curated by Art Progression Now—a borderless collective working towards open, fair and distributed support systems for artists—the festival will take place both virtually and physically, involving 2D & 3D digital displays, AR & VR exhibits, as well as performance art and live streamed music acts.

The art program features submissions from Gene Kogan, burst_, Technological Hippie, Sean Mick, Miguel Rodrigues and Grandpa’s Lab, Sylvain Souklaye & Will Da Costa, with music performances across the week from Mim Suleiman, Mosca, Violet b2b Photonz & DAO Records.

Ransom Note will be hosting a takeover on 16th May with DJ sets from Uzuri boss Lakuti, Smala’s Manfredas and R$N label family Bawrut, Fit Of Body and C.A.R., who will be playing a special live set.

The festival seeks to raise awareness of the current existential threat facing grassroots cultural associations & DIY music venues. The aim is to directly support the venue and contributing artists by facilitating the sale of digital art through tokenized digital certificates of provenance, commonly known as NFTs. As such, artist submissions have been peer reviewed by the community and any proceeds from the exhibitions will go towards supporting further cultural initiatives.

The exhibition, which explores society’s relationship to the consumption of art through the lens of crypto-economics, seeks to narrow the gap between the virtual and the physical art worlds.

This second event follows a successful digital edition in February which reached over 500,000 people worldwide.

Find out more on the Facebook event.