IndiEarth announces XChange 2016


The fifth edition of the IndiEarth XChange – India’s annual trade event and arts festival for the independent Music, Film and Media sectors –will take place from November 26th – 27th 2016 at The Park Chennai, India. This 5th edition is dedicated to Chennai – a city that stood together through devastating floods a year ago and the ensuing difficult year of unprecedented challenges, and now stands together for its season of arts and culture.

XChange is India’s trade event for independent music, film and media, and provides a professional platform where industry representatives, venue owners, media, labels, musicians and independent filmmakers can network, discuss, attend workshops, and experience performances and screenings by independent artists. The aim is to create networks between Indian and international industry members and build business relationships that nurture culture and the arts, building new markets for industry in India, and creating international markets for Indian artists. Heralding the beginning of the Music Season in Chennai, this year’s XChange is a tribute to Chennai’s rich artistic heritage and resilient spirit.

“We’ve had incredible support from fellow pioneers of the arts, industry delegates and educational institutions – longstanding partnerships that have supported us through the years and understand the importance of our work toward industry sustainability, beyond the sponsorship model” says EarthSync’s Sonya Mazumdar,
“Now more than ever we need to stand together – as arts organizations, educational institutions, individuals, industry entities, and audiences – come together as a tribute to the untiy and resilience of the city’s spirit – and most importantly, celebrate that through art, music, and film and culture”.

IndiEarth XChange Music Festival 2016
Featuring independent acts from across the musical spectrum, this year’s music lineup is a blend of international musicians and artists from all across India. Showcasing a vividly diverse selection of genres, programming includes Classical, folk, roots, world, alternative and electronica artists. The lineup includes alternative act Organic Bananas (France), Miss V (Live) feat. Chaitanya Bhaidkar, Sauvage Sound System from Reunion Island, singer/songwriter Abhi Tambe, Aver (India), synth/darkpop act Aqua Dominatrix. There will also be an exclusive VIP after party with electronica powerhouse Nucleya on Sunday November 27th  – with just a limited set of tickets on sale for the night, available on the XChange website. This year, pay what you want for Festival tickets – as much as you wish – to help sustain the XChange vision, grow the festival, support the artists, be a part of the culture revolution.

XChange Film Festival 2016
IndiEarth XChange Film Festival 2016 screens a vast collection of independent films from both established and emerging filmmakers and from a variety of different genres. Films being screened this year include award winning works like Maheen Zia & Miriam Chandy Menacherry’s Lyari Notes, an India-Pakistan collaboration of filmmakers that had its world premiere last year at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, premiers like Harold Monfils’ A Good Day To Die, Hoka Hey (Malaysia) screening for the first time in India after travelling the festival circuit in Europe and North America, and YKT, Mumbai – the new documentary by National Award winning filmmaker O. P. Srivastava.

XChange Workshop Program 2016
Professionals share their knowledge and expertise on a range of subjects imparting practical knowledge, skills and critical industry insights, giving attendees the opportunity to meet established industry professionals from all around the world. Workshops this year include Ableton Live: Studio to Stage with Yoav Rosenthal, Sound Design in Cinema: Powerful Storytelling Through Sound with Anthony Ruban supported by Dolby, Artist Rights: New Authors and New Mediums with Manojna Yeluri and Virtual Reality: Creating Immersive Cinematic Experiences with Zain Memon from Memesys Culture Lab.

EarthSync has also partnered with the Queensland University of Technology (Australia) and the KM Music Conservatory (India) present the Indie100 Program at IndiEarth XChange 2016 – a program designed to offer emerging independent musicians the valuable opportunity to be mentored, recorded, mixed and mastered by top Australia and Indian producers – including professor/composer/producer Phil Graham, lecturer/musician Dr Kristina Kelman, researcher/musicologist/performer Adam Greig, recording engineer/trainer Jithu George, audio engineer/producer Deepak Sugathan, and Yanto Browning – a Brisbane based recording engineer and record producer who has worked with world renowned recording artists including Ed Sheeran and The Medics. The programme includes a series of workshops, recording sessions, and showcase performances to industry professionals from around the world.

For more on IndiEarth XChange 2016 and to Register, Get Passes, and view the full Music, Film, Workshop and Conference lineup, visit the website:



About IndiEarth
IndiEarth is an online B2B platform that connects India’s non-mainstream independent musicians and filmmakers to worldwide programmers, media, and audiences. The platform offers value-added services and wider opportunity networks through its partnerships. IndiEarth is an initiative of EarthSync – a world music record label and audio-visual production house, best known for its award winning critically acclaimed documentary The Laya Project and conference and trade event IndiEarth XChange.