Uni­corn rides again for 2014

Art event This year’s Tro­jan Horse was a Uni­corn will be bet­ter, but not big­ger

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Founder An­dré Luis says there are no VIPs at Tro­jan Horse was a Uni­corn. That’s why 2013’s event was such a suc­cess. That’s why the four­day fes­ti­val had a fam­ily feel. And that’s why 2014’s THU is set to be even bet­ter.

The get-to­gether for artists, game and film de­vel­op­ers and an­i­ma­tors re­turns to Por­tu­gal, af­ter last year’s in­au­gu­ral event. An im­proved for­mat sees the ad­di­tion of morn­ing work­shops, men­tor­ship ses­sions, pri­vate lessons and “leg­ends” – a new cat­e­gory of speaker. But An­dré stresses THU will stay true to its bou­tique roots. Ev­ery­one – artists and at­ten­dees – are equal.

“We never want a big event,” he says. “We only have 500 tick­ets, so we want to give our at­ten­dees the best ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble.”

An­swer­ing ques­tions helps me un­der­stand my process bet­ter

The event boasts 32 speak­ers and over a dozen com­pa­nies look­ing to re­cruit. Con­cept artist Ian McQue thinks fes­ti­vals like this are vi­tal for artists of ev­ery stand­ing. “It’s good to get out, meet up with your peers and talk to them about their prac­tice,” he says. “I’ve found that do­ing paint­ing demos and an­swer­ing ques­tions from stu­dents helps me un­der­stand my process bet­ter. But the main thing is they’re great fun.”

While the full line-up is yet to be an­nounced, Chris­tian Alz­mann, art di­rec­tor for In­dus­trial Light & Magic, is look­ing for­ward to it. “Events like THU are im­por­tant for artists be­cause we can be a soli­tary group, lock­ing our­selves up and work­ing away. It’s en­er­gis­ing and re­new­ing. I of­ten an­tic­i­pate be­ing in­spired by one of the key speak­ers, but am of­ten sur­prised to be equally in­spired by some­one I’ve yet to hear about or by some­one who’s still in school.”

To book tick­ets for this year’s THU, visit https://tro­jan-uni­corn.com.

A dy­namic piece by Ian McQue, who’s one of the con­firmed speak­ers at THU 2014. Chris­tian Alz­mann will be

ex­plain­ing how he put to­gether pieces like this

one at THU 2014.

For Chris­tian, fes­ti­vals like THU help break up an artist’s

other­wise soli­tary life.

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