Sundance Film and Music Festival returning to London

Robert Redford's celebration of independent film will take place at London's O2 Arena in April 2013, and again in 2014

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The Sundance London Film and Music Festival will return to London’s O2 Arena in both 2013 and 2014, it was confirmed today.

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Next year’s Festival will play host to the UK premieres of a number of American independent films alongside a welter of live musical performances, panel discussions and other events.  It will take place between 25-28 April 2013.

The first Sundance London featured screenings of 27 films and showcased the music of 17 different live acts. Highlights included the Royal Premiere of the environmental documentary Harmony: a New Way of Looking at Our World, which was attended by the Prince of Wales; an intimate performance from Rufus and Martha Wainwright; and an evening with Sundance founder Robert Redford and roots musician T-Bone Burnett.

Redford said: “Sundance was warmly welcomed to London last year, by engaged and adventurous audiences eager to take a chance on independent film, and this makes a second year all the more exciting for us.

“The vibrant arts community in London has informed this decision as much as anything. Seeing what comes of nurturing a broader global community for new voices and varied perspectives in American independent film and music, seems a worthy 21st Century endeavour.”

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The second Sundance London will follow the 29th US Sundance Film Festival, which will take place in January in Park City, Utah.