Fest Anča introduces a diverse Traditions programme, with headliners Adi Gelbart and Nina Pixel
Bratislava, 24 June 2021
The 14th Fest Anča has something for everyone, with so much more than animated films – such
as great music and an accompanying programme that includes concerts, parties, lectures, and
even readings. Concerts (which will only stay online for 24 hours after performance) and
discussions will be freely available on Fest Anča’s Facebook page. DJ sets will be streamed on
Festival goers can look forward to the headlining German animator and musician Adi Gelbart,
who will bring his electronic pop with a projection straight from Berlin. The local music scene is
represented by Fokular, Dominik Suchý, Edúv syn, and Nina Pixel’s audiovisual project made in
collaboration with Adrián Kriška. DJ Matwe, Peal, Teapot and DJ Kristie Kardio will get the parties
started. Concerts and parties will be held live at Stanica Žilina-Záriečie and the New Synagogue,
and listeners can also tune in from their own homes.
Dive into ourselves and the past
The music programme features Adi Gelbart, who charmed us all with his music video of flying
cats, selected for the International Competition of Music Videos at Fest Anča 2020. As musical
guest at the animation festival this year, with his analogue gear and mysterious homemade
devices he will embark on a psychedelic exploration of modulated synthesizers – taking festival
goers into a universe where all colours and shades of electronic pop blend together. Gelbart’s
performance will follow the festival’s opening ceremony on Thursday.
Then Fokular – also known as the drummer of the instrumental duo Möbius – will propel listeners
from the heights of space into musical minimalism in its purest form. His music communicates
feelings of loneliness in a world full of crises and failures, emphasizing this year’s festival theme
selection. But with tensions and threats, Fokular’s music also brings something ethereal and
delicate, invoking profound contemplation on the meaning of life.
Dominik Suchý – a member of Tittingur and Weltschmerzen – will continue the concert’s
contemplative nature with electronic music that confronts anxiety and doom rooted in the
environmental crisis and capitalist hegemony. Edúv syn has very honest opinions about today’s
problems – his trap has a super-dark, witty, and often engaged and antifascist lyricism that embraces taboos such as mental illnesses and suicidal thoughts. Both concerts are on Friday
The Ancestral Archaeology project, created by producer Nina Pixel and visual artist Adrián
Kriška, is probably the most closely related to the festival’s Traditions theme. The project’s central
idea is to offer an alternative point of view on Slovak folklore – stripped of old narratives, and
instead incorporated with primarily queer and feminist forms. How do our roots feel? How does
the soil of our home taste? What is our story to tell? These are some of the questions raised by
the audiovisual project about civilizations living atop their ancestors’ habitat.
Parties and Fest Anča favourites
Žilina and online streaming will have plenty of evening parties in early July. Tomáš Ferko alias
Teapot will enliven Thursday with sound that spans genres and combines lush-layered
electronics, sparse and haunting live instrumentation, and even batshit noise. On Friday, Peal –
a familiar figure on Bratislava’s underground scene and regular performer at renowned clubs
among techno legends – will perform a playful, reliable, and well-thought set. On Saturday, Matwe
will play an aggressive blend of electronic bombardment with special passion for industrial techno,
EBM, and dark electro.
DJ Kristie Kardio “techno is everything” will steer Saturday’s party. And Fest Anča favourites
Samčo, brat dážďoviek and DJ Karma je zdarma will show why tradition can be a good thing.
Traditions in non-musical events
The accompanying programme includes non-musical events related to Traditions such as the
reading/performance Tale-teller’s comeback. Since Slovak fairy-tale heritage seems rather close
to everything our society deems strange and unsettling, during the 14th Fest Anča a travelling
tale-teller will return to Žilina and tell captivating stories on the city’s streets.
In her lecture And they lived happily ever aft…, Barbara Storchová, Ph.D., from the Institute of
Ethnology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, will examine folk fairy tales, with special
attention to their universal plot scheme – courting and winning a partner’s heart. She will
deconstruct courting from various perspectives and approaches, such as sociohistorical and
anthropological analysis, psychological interpretations, and feminist criticism. The lecture is
organised in cooperation with Kapitalks.
Joseph Beuys and the environment is organised in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. Slovak
painter and performer Robo Švarc will present the basic premises of Beuys’ environmental and
social artistic activism, seek to update its aspects to global climate development, and locate it
within the framework of Slovak traditions. The lecture is part of the year-long Beyus will be Beyus
project organised by the Goethe-Institut on the occasion of Joseph Beuys’ centenary.
About Fest Anča
Fest Anča International Animation Festival is the only Slovak multimedia festival focused on
animated film targeted mainly at a mature audience. The festival presents contemporary
progressive animated films and classic gems of the genre and aims to raise awareness about
animated film as an autonomous art form, and to educate about multiple types and aspects of
animation.Fest Anča International Animation Festival 2021 is financially supported by the Slovak
Audiovisual Fund and LITA Fund. Traditions, Fest Anča’s 2021 thematic focus is an
implementation of the Student Forum Fest Anča.
The Student Forum Fest Anča benefits from a € 120 609 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein
and Norway through the EEA Grants. The project has been co-financed from the State
Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of € 18 091. The aim of the project is better
approaches towards training in animation and multicultural European cooperation.