For six days, NEXT Festival 2022 will take place at A4 – Space for Contemporary Culture, Theatre of P. O. Hviezdoslav, the iconic Slovak Radio Building and other venues in Bratislava’s Old Town. Our goals remain unchanged even after 23 years: we are still keen on presenting and supporting creative and fresh approaches in the creation of new music, sonic and audiovisual art. Genre-defying and ear-opening performances, exciting clubbing programme, hands-on workshops, symposium packed with debates on relevant aesthetic and social issues, but also accompanying artist talks will explore forward-thinking approaches in current music, critical practices dealing with creativity, new technologies, and other sound-related matters.
Even though the pandemic is hopefully over, this year we feel something is different. We thus want to aim again at something more engaging than just collectively enjoying the artistic achievements of today’s creators as mere spectacles, while remaining enclosed in our social bubbles. In such turbulent times as we are living, we all are more and more aware that it is not only aesthetic aspects of the music that are at play. Together with the artists, we also sense an increasing need to pose questions about broader contexts of new works, and rethink existing relationships of music, art, and society. We believe that no sound is innocent (as famous improvisor Eddie Prévost once stated). Music is not free of political meaning, or, maybe even mobilising social potential. There is something that musicians and sound artists can, and sometimes must say about the world around us. Even if this might not be too obvious or explicit, it is to be looked for in the very diverse, and, sometimes also radical sonic statements that we invite you to listen to.
BOOM! symbolises a wake up call.
BOOM! wants to shake our perspectives on music and sonic art vis-à-vis social, environmental, technological, and political challenges. Does music have predictive abilities about the future and, if so, what is it we hear when we pay close attention to it?
BOOM! encourages us to think together about challenging existing power hegemonies on different scales and investigating how they could be disrupted. What role can creative music play in maintaining inspiring communities and finding alternatives?
BOOM! wants to make everyone aware of the crucial role creativity, experimentation, and freedom of expression play in a sustainable society.
BOOM! stands for a necessity to stand up against stereotypes and dogmatic thinking—in art, music, and society. Maybe now is the right time for radical ideas and visionary thinkers to help us reinvent the future again.
BOOM! after which we will perhaps hear the world differently.
A4 – Space for Contemporary Culture
Majestic Music Club
Slovak National Gallery
Námestie Ľudovíta Štúra 4
Námestie SNP 12
Boiler Room FAD STU & Foyer FAD STU
Námestie slobody 19
Andrej Chudý, Daniel Kordík
Promotion (NOISS Project) & Co-Curation
Ľudovít Nápoký, Michaela Kaliská (NOISS Project)
Alena Kapinajova, Paula Poštolková, Katja Thalerová
Barbora Demovičová, Bára Růžičková, Jonathan Auch
Visual Concept & Design
Web Content Editor
Social Media Manager
Vlad Bacila, Ľubomír Panák
NEXT 3D World Developers
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The festival takes place with the support from public sources from the Slovak Arts Council (Main Partner), City of Bratislava and the Foundation of Bratislava City and International Visegrad Fund.
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