Virtual reality creators’ community Kaleidoscope announces the 2016 Kaleidoscope World Tour — a multi-city international tour showcasing the best in virtual reality film, art and immersive experiences. Following the success of last year’s inaugural tour, the 2016 edition will kick off March 1 in Paris, France and travel to nine additional cities through April 12.
Following Paris, the festival will make stops in London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Berlin, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Pangyo and Tokyo. Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy the full lineup of experiences on Gear VR equipment supplied by Samsung, as well as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets. In addition, experiences will be exhibited using the newly launched Wevr Transport, ensuring beautiful playback and a seamless user experience. Festival events will also include talks and demos from top VR creators and industry members.
Sourced from all over the world, over 30 innovative projects will feature in the lineup. Highlights include the world premieres of Phil Tippett’s Mad God, produced by Wevr; Pierre Friquet’s Jet Lag; and Balthazar Auxietre’s La Peri: A Prelude. Kaleidoscope will also present international premieres of Tyler Hurd’s Old Friend (Wevr), Daniel Ernst’s Marchland (part of a retrospective of his VR dioramas) and Notes on Blindness by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton and James Spinney.
Also on tap are last year’s festival Audience Choice Award winner, Surge by Arjan van Meerten; and special screenings of Rose & I (Penrose Studio), theBLU: Encounter (Wevr), a sneak peek of Invasion! (Baobab Studio) and a featured demonstration of Google’s Tilt Brush painting-in-3D-space experience.
Produced in association with WIRED, the Kaleidoscope World Tour is powered by Wevr Transport. “Rising Stars of VR” moderated artist panels are brought to you by G-Technology, with additional lead sponsors including Nokia who will feature their groundbreaking OZO VR camera at each stop of the tour, and Unity, the leading game engine for VR creators. Skullcandy is the exclusive headphone sponsor with SubPac providing immersive physical audio with its M2 wearable and S2 studio range of products.