21–23 July 2016 the British Council, in collaboration with the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, will host SELECTOR PRO, a music forum bringing together specialists in the music world from both Russia and the UK to provide a unique insight into the latest music trends.

The UK has one of the largest music industries in the world, which has produced musical revolutionaries and experimentalists and continues to set new music trends and styles. Once again SELECTOR PRO will feature well-known British and Russian artists, journalists, critics, producers, promoters and directors. Speakers will share the latest news from the music industry, including insights into leading record labels, venues, festivals, and online platforms. They will also recall the birth of punk rock exactly 40 years ago.

Entrance to all events except for SELECTOR LIVE is free of charge, but registration is required.

SELECTOR LIVE will start at 22:00 in the courtyard of the Strelka Institute. Advance tickets 1,500 roubles, tickets on the door 2,000 roubles.

The programme

SELECTOR PRO will take place between 21 and 23 July 2016. The programme for professionals will include lectures, workshops, and discussions.

Among the lecturers will be John Robb, rock-musician, music theoretician, author of the bestseller Punk Rock: An Oral History, Simon Reynolds, already known to Russian audiences for his book Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past, Jane Beese, Head of Music at the Roundhouse, which has been at the heart of the British underground music since the 1960s, will share her experience of how to book leading musicians.

There will also be workshops run by Rachel McWhinney, label manager at Moshi Moshi Records, and radio DJ, former iTunes and Google Play music editor Nick Luscombe, as well as a young electronic musician, William Doyle, better known by his stage name East India Youth.

 A public programme created in collaboration with the Beat Film Festival will include the documentary The Man from Mo'Wax about the life and career of underground DJ icon, music producer and global trip hop mogul James Lavelle, presented by its director, Matthew Jones.

The Mix the City launch

22 July will see the Moscow launch of MIX THE CITY, an interactive music video platform that invites people all over the world to create their own interpretation of famous capital cities in a form of a music video mix. Everyone will be able to create their own Moscow mix with 12 world-renowned Russian musicians, including Yuri Bashmet, Oleg Nesterov, Pixelord and Naadia, and see them performing at iconic Moscow landmarks. MIX THE CITY has been already launched in Tel Aviv, Istanbul and the Balkans. In Moscow, the project has been curated by Joe Goddard and Raphael Rundell of The 2 Bears.

Selector Live: Actress и London Contemporary Orchestra

The final event of the forum on 23 July will be SELECTOR LIVE, which will present the Russian premiere of Momentum, an audio-visual project by Darren Cunningham (aka Actress) and the London Contemporary Orchestra and curated by the Boiler Room. Inspired by LAGEOS (laser geodynamics earth satellites), the Momentum show begins in near total darkness with a space exploration-inspired theme, before a live orchestra begins to fuse electronic and orchestral music creating new sound textures. The performance will take place in the courtyard of the Strelka Institute, followed by a concert by The 2 Bears.


SELECTOR PRO has evolved out of the Selector music programme. Produced by the British Council, Selector is broadcast from London to an audience of over three million radio listeners in 40 countries. The Guardian named Selector as “the most curiously programmed music radio show in Britain”. Since April 2013, Selector has broadcast weekly shows on radio Megapolis 89.5FM. Apart from the radio show, Selector presents a series of parties involving some of the most interesting modern British artists at the hottest Moscow venues and introduces the Moscow public to various modern music styles.