We’ve already talked about Dancity, one of the summer festivals frestyl has become media partner for. We love this electronic music festival, and as the festival is coming up (1-2 July) we want to talk about it more in depth here. The lineup for this year’s edition (called “Back To The Future”) includes: DJ Krush, John Talabot, Balanescu Quartet, Filastine, Elektro Guzzi, Oorutaichi, Tim Exile, Steffi, Arandel + Dancity Ensemble, Scuba, Dixon, Populous, Luminodisco, Apes on Tapes and many many others.


Dancity logo: green version

Most of these names might not sound familiar to most people (who are not so involved in the electronic music scene), including myself, but the minds behind Dancity have years of experience in the music business to able to select the best experimental performers of the international scene. And we trust them. So these dozens of musicians will perform in different historical locations of Foligno, Umbria, over the course of two intense days, and we will be there to experience it all.

For the occasion, we’ve also interviewed the founders of Dancity and asked them a couple of questions on the festivals and not only. Here it comes:

Can you tell us a little bit about the Dancity Festival?

Dancity is a voluntary association born in 2006, based in Foligno (central Italy) formed by 20 music lovers. We curate and produce Dancity Festival, this year on the 1st and 2nd of July, and other events during the rest of the year in the region and in other parts of Italy.
It is an important way for us to give a contribution to the place we live in by doing something we love and believe in.

How do you select your artists?

Well, after the festival every year we start choosing the winter events and artists, so names will come up and some of them we might think are more appropriate for the festival, others for our winter club nights. It is an ongoing process which takes most of the year.

Your festival is held in historical and suggestive locations in Foligno, like Santa Caterina. Do you think the location affects the experience of the festival?

Definitely! That is something we love about the festival and we hope will continue. It is a magical experience to see an electronic music festival in a medieval church, like the auditorium San Domenico and Santa Caterina; Palazzo Candiotti is amazing too! It gives a stronger character to the festival and it grows within the city.

The concept of the festival this year, as a matter of fact, is “Back to the Future” because we wanted to emphasize the link between the past and the future and how important it is not only to have a strong history but also a positive and constructive idea of the future.


Dancity logo: black version

What do you think differentiates Dancity from other electronic music festivals?

The locations and the ability to grow within and with the city. It’s inclusiveness, creativity and dedication. These are all aspects that we think are not only perceivable to us as volunteers but also leeks out to the public.

How has the festival changed and evolved since the first edition?

It has grown a lot! In terms of visibility, budget, complexity and public. The number of volunteers has grown too!

Can you give us a couple of thoughts on the current situation of the Italian music scene?

There is a lot going on, quietly, but there is. Things have drastically changed during the past years, mostly because state funding for the arts has almost disappeared which makes everything a lot more difficult for music festivals, and therefore for artist too. It is definitely economically a difficult time in Italy but it is also a time of radical change and probably that is something that comes out musically. People seem to have realized to take things, especially music and art, less for granted.

And it’s always refreshing to hear the enthusiasm of people like the ones behind Dancity who try to bring something fresh and new to Italy despite its current political, economical and cultural distress. We will be there to support it, and we suggest you come too!

Don’t forget that you still have the opportunity to become the “frestyl reporter” for Dancity: until the end of this week you can fill in this form and win ticket+press pass for the festival. Com’on and join the magic!

Ecco che si avvicina l’edizione 2011 del Dancity Festival, di cui quest’anno frestyl è media partner. Questo è quanto annunciano a proposito gli organizzatori (che abbiamo intervistato, sopra, in inglese!):

Il Dancity Festival 2011 “Back to the Future” si terrà a Foligno (PG) l’1 e il 2 luglio al complesso dell’Auditorium di San Domenico, a Palazzo Candiotti e all’Auditorium di Santa Caterina. Tradizione e innovazione rappresentano ancora una volta le parole chiave della sesta edizione del Festival, che unisce alcuni dei luoghi più suggestivi ed importanti della città ad una manifestazione di respiro internazionale, ricca come sempre di artisti di altissima qualità. Spazi outdoor e indoor per due giorni pieni di concerti, live & dj set, installazioni, mostre, workshop. Molte le novità di quest’anno: la parte pomeridiana del Festival, che sarà concentrata nel nuovo Auditorium di Santa Caterina; un focus sul Giappone, un paese che, similmente al nostro, ha bisogno di un rapporto dinamico con la propria storia, per conciliare un passato importante e la voglia di futuro; infine la nuova location serale, la corte di Palazzo Candiotti, che si unirà, come di consueto, all’Auditorium S. Domenico.

Come sempre tantissimi artisti internazionali:
DJ Krush (JP); John Talabot (ES); Move D + Juju & Jordash (DE, NL); Balanescu Quartet (RO, UK); Filastine (US); Elektro Guzzi (AU); Oorutaichi (JP); Tim Exile (UK); Steffi (DE); Stian Westerhus (NO); Zan Lyons vs Blade Runner (UK); Space Dimension Controller (IRL); Giuseppe Ielasi (IT); Arandel + Dancity Ensemble (FR, IT); Scuba (UK); Braun Tube Jazz Band (JP); Kink + Neville Watson (BG, UK); James Pants (US); Teamlab Net & Mjuc (JP); Dixon (DE); Felix Kubin (DE); Populous (IT); Luminodisco (IT); AD Bourke (IT); Apes on Tapes (IT); Furtherset (IT).

Dancity è il nostro mondo, il nostro modo di immaginare il futuro: transmediale, transculturale, transnazionale. Dancity è il nostro modo di rispondere alla crisi: un piccolo atto politico contro la crisi dell’immaginario, dell’economia, della cultura. Alla faccia della crisi, noi vogliamo divertirci e vogliamo farlo coi suoni, le visioni e le tecnologie del nostro tempo. E vogliamo farlo qui, a Foligno, dove si cena ancora in osteria, ci si vede in piazza, si dorme col silenzio e le sere d’estate sono calde e accoglienti.
Se dovremo estinguerci, lo faremo almeno con classe. Vieni a Foligno, prima che sia troppo tardi.


Dancity logo: purple version

E con questa premessa non si può che rimanere affascinati e incuriositi da questo festival, che, possiamo assicurarvi noi che ci siamo già stati, promette grandi emozioni. Vi consigliamo perciò di venire anche voi, e, se avete voglia di diventare i nostri reporter ufficiali del festival, avete ancora qualche giorno per compilare l’apposito modulo, che vi dà l’opportunità non solo di scrivere una recensione per conto nostro, ma anche di vincere l’ingresso e l’accredito stampa per il festival. Dunque, cosa state aspettando?


Dancity 2011 teaser

:: karmanet

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