DA Fest is an international festival presenting various artistic practices in the field of digital arts: digital video and photography, interactive performance and installation, audio-visual performance, virtual reality, streaming, three-dimensional mapping, network art, network art -technology, robotics and generative systems and other interdisciplinary forms.
The program of the festival includes an exhibition with multimedia and interactive installations, audio-visual, theatrical and dance performances, video art screenings, lectures and presentations, practical workshops that are held in an intensive program of 5 days.
The festival started in 2009 with the idea to present to the general public the important achievements and new trends of artistic research and experiments created with the new IT and media technologies.
During the past six editions the festival has involved over 300 artists and researchers from all over the world, including some of the renowned names on the international scene. Most of these artists come to Bulgaria for the first time and their meeting with Bulgarian audiences is unique and very inspiring for both the public and the participants.
Building a platform for dialogue and collaboration between art, technologies and education, festival curators Venelin Shurelov and Galina Dimitrova-Dimova invite artists and researchers from the local and international scene, while giving the opportunity for artistic debut to students and other young artists.
Among DA FEST participants are: Andrea Paciotto (IT), Andy Graydon (Hawaii/DE), Arno Fabre (FR), Bernd Oppl (AT), Brian Knep (USA), Bosch&Simons (NL/ES), Christian Delécluse (FR), Cleaning Women (FI), Cod.Act (CH), Derek Holzer (USA/DE), Don Foresta (USA/FR), Eva&Franco Mattes (IT/USA), Geumhyung Jeong (South Korea), Guillaume Baychelier (FR), Hans Tammen (USA), hexler (R J Fisher) (DE), Jan Klug (NL), Jeroen van Loon (NL), Mark Coniglio (USA/DE), Medingrupe Bitnik (CH), Nika Oblak and Primoz Novak (SL), Paolo Cirio (IT), Paul Granjon (FR/UK), Peter Sarkisian (USA), Peter William Holden (DE), Piotr Wyrzykowski (PL), post theater (DE), Reynold Reynolds (USA/DE), Tzeni Argiriou (GR), UBERMORGEN (CH/AT), Vibeke Sorensen (USA/SI) and many others.
DA Fest team
Curators and organizers: Venelin Shurelov and Galina Dimitrova-Dimova
Event Coordinator: Iliana Kancheva
Web site and online communication: Petya Chalakova
PR & Media: Didi Spasova / NHA
Accounting and Finance: Dimitrinka Rafailova / NHA
Web Development: ESOF
The festival team expresses its gratitude to all the volunteers who assist in the preparation and realization of the festival.
More information and video documentation of the past issues of the festival can be found in the Archive