WORM is the self-named Avantgardistic State, situated in the heart of Rotterdam. WORM offers workable cultural alternatives to the current socio-cultural narrative.
WORM’s Avantgardistic State is found in a building on the Witte de Withstraat in the cultural centre of Rotterdam. WORM offers a full multidisciplinary programme based round theinternational underground and alternative arts circuit, and a wide range of in-house facilities. These facilities include: a concert stage, a cinema, a gallery / exhibition space, a theatre / performance space, The Performance Bar, the Pirate Bay Media Archive, a sound studio, an analogue film lab and the #Wunderbar café. Here, in the Avantgardistic State, we organise and host film screenings, talks, exhibitions, performances, theatre shows, concerts, club nights, debates, workshops, readings and much more.
WORM at Sound City WORM is bringing a taste to Liverpool of how Rotterdam's avant-garde thinks and functions. WORM considers Liverpool as a soul city to Rotterdam. Two ports, looking outwards to the world, and built predominantly on working class ingenuity and sweat. And not without a little wit!
The Balkans-to-Baltic Sonic Leyline WORM is interested in finding musical talent from all over the world; talent that offers an alternative narrative. WORM has noticed that, over the last few years, a musical renaissance is happening in East, South East and East-Central Europe. This is taking shape through burning hot guitar bands with an urgent political message, fascinating developments in electronica and experimental sound, and new paths forged through, or with indigenous folk traditions. WORM is delighted to present Mart Avi, Estonia's electro-pop Trickster and one man mystery show. Alongside Mart's Memorabilia for the C21st we are delighted to bring one of the most mysterious, cussed and out-there rock bands to the Pool of Life, Trupa Trupa, an act who deal in strange Barrett-esque dreamscapes and spaced rock-outs sans pareil.
BeNeLux Since its inception, WORM has been a strong and constant champion of (and participant in) the alternative and underground scenes in the Netherlands. Consequently WORM can cast an expert eye over local and national trends, ignoring hype and Payola, and picking out what music in the BeNeLux really has a creative worth. WORM has picked fresh and intriguing acts that can also compliment and embrace Liverpool's mighty legacy in pop. Lewsberg are a new act welded using only the finest steel and processed, rebooted sonic elements from Rotterdam's most underground luminaries. Combining the existential snark and growl of classic rock with the clank, grind and thump of Rotterdam's docks. Think Secret Saucer's wild forays into pop with paranoid tales of city life that bring Lou Reed and David Byrne to mind. Venus Tropicaux are a feisty pop attack that throw cock rock out of the window; using a crate-full of Lycra, spandex and gold chains, whilst drawing on the likes of sex-allies Delta 5 and Ludus to mind-map their way forward.
Pirate Bay Workshop WORM's open-source, free-sharing, offline lending library of High Underground Repute, The Pirate Bay, will come to Liverpool to work with like-minded souls, swapping knowledge, playing interventionist gigs in situ, making new art and laying down the foundations of future creative collaborations. Come and hook up with us, make a zine, pass the time, meet your Dutch doppelgangers!
Richard Foster Richard Foster is PR and Communications Manager at WORM. He writes for The Quietus, Louder than War, Vice (NL) and True Faith. Between 2004 and 2015 he was Co-Editor of Incendiary Magazine. His work on Dutch post-punk is published academically and is currently writing an extended history of Dutch post-punk. He works as a freelance consultant in the music industry.