Electronic music festival in Uzbekistan
23-24 august 2019

Concept and cause
Is there anything more eclectic than the sound of electronica synthesised with the sight of an imaginary sea and the smell of a desert? Last Stihia showed us that, our differences notwithstanding, we all share an urge for the Unknown.

Conceived by a group of enthusiasts, Stihia is a caravan for voyagers, a manifestation of escapism, a network of cultures, all disassembled and put back together in a reinvented reality awash with secrets to uncover.

A festival on the edge of the dried-up sea is an enormous canvas for creative personalities, who are in constant pursuit of better version of oneself. Let Stihia become internal amplifier of your voice of accountability, hope and harmony…

The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth-largest saline lake. Over recent decades, man-made diversions have caused it to shrink to a mere shadow of its former size and created the most acute environmental problem in the Central Asian region.

In a speech at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, Uzbekistan's President Mirziyoyev called on the global community to pay attention to this natural catastrophe and pushed for the consolidation of efforts to resolve the crisis.

The mission of the festival is to raise global awareness about the desiccation of the Aral Sea and encourage both its revitalisation and a more responsible and rational approach to using water in the region.

Electronic ambience
We want to provide an escape from the generic music you hear during your day-to-day existence in clubs and bars; a non-commercial abstraction-fuelled line up that transcends standard electronic music
Walking tours
Moynaq port was once a thriving fishing port. The abandoned site's vast emptiness and scenic panoramas provide a tonic for the bustle and drama of daily life.
The seabed has some of the lowest light pollution levels in the world, creating an indescribably majestic night sky. This effect is heightened during the new moon, which will coincide with end of August.
Savitsky Museum of Art
In the nearby city of Nukus you can visit the Savitsky Museum of Art, which houses the world's second-largest collection of Russian avant-garde works, as well as one of Asia's best art collections. You will also find Moynaq's city museum close by.
Stihia festival will be held at the Moynaq Ship Graveyard in Uzbekistan, where a monument commemorating the tragedy of the Aral Sea now stands.

The hypnotic and harmonic sounds will be directed towards the lost sea, with the DJs echoing the rainmakers who were once part of the region's nomadic tribes.
Acronym has shown his relentless energy and creativity as a producer, DJ and live musician by continuously releasing his own brand of electronic music on high quality labels such as Semantica, Northern Electronics and Field Records. With over a dozen releases so far, it started with him self-releasing his first record on his acclaimed own label Dimensional Exploration in the end of 2012.

Pushing already established boundaries, spanning genres and continuously evolving his sound while keeping it unmistakably his own, shows that he has not intended to stop anytime soon. With a natural aptitude for experimentation, no set is ever the same. Making every performance a unique experience for the listeners and the venue.

Alien Rain
Alien Rain is a project of Milton Bradley. Under this alias the Berlin based artist serves up disgruntled Electronics and downright deranged Acid. Panel beaten 90s tracks that pervert and pummel. Floor a-bombs that leave behind nothing but a 303 wasteland.

Bradley's love for acid house always stayed with him and eventually gave birth to the project "Alien Rain" in 2012 – the name recalling a fictional alien invasion on earth. Hypnotic, haunting sci-fi 303 rhythms shape the sonic signature of Alien Rain, teamed with an emotive intensity characteristic of Bradley's productions.
Jamaica Suk
A lifelong musician and experimenter, Jamaica Suk has fused her jazz and metal roots from the Bay Area California with a feel for soulful techno, a combination that makes her at home leading driving dancefloor workouts across Europe. With her own vinyl label Gradient and accompanying event series, atop extensive activity as DJ and producer, she has found in Berlin a platform for the breadth of her musical versatility.

In her signature distorted melodies and hints of melancholic bass guitar, you might hear where Jamaica started - studying bass guitar in her teens, playing in jazz and grindcore, math rock and shoegaze bands, before getting deep into the Bay Area's house and techno underground. Jazz musician by day, DJ by night, she quickly became established throwing monthly parties at 222 Hyde Street and in grimy area warehouses. Technology was an early passion, too, including completing an Audio Engineering program at San Francisco's respected Pyramid. That combination of technology and musical chops, meeting with an intuition for minimalism and repetition from Reich and Pan Sonic to techno classics, perfectly set up the move to Berlin.

Mama Snake
Snakes are elongated, legless reptiles of the suborder Serpentes. Like all squamates, snakes are amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Living snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica, and on most smaller land masses – the same goes for Mama Snake; a DJ, label owner and junior doctor operating out of Copenhagen, who's bringing her viperine sounds all around the globe.

Her love of melodic, warm and fast paced sounds has secured a steady following in the world of electronic music and Snake's no bullshit and fun approach to DJing has brought her to clubs around the world such as Berghain (Berlin, DE), De School (Amsterdam, NL), Corsica Studios (London, UK) and Contact (Tokyo, JP) to name a few as well as several highly respected festivals around the world, with even more exciting adventures ahead for 2018 and onwards – as both a newly hatched doctor and slithering decks controller.

DJ Sodeyama
Yoshifumi Sodeyama is a DJ & Producer, label owner & founder of ARPA records. He started DJ-ing in the early 90 ́s in his native of Tokyo. Remarkable his mixing style is diverse of techno, house and electronica and more. He has stably appeared almost every primal events and festivals in Japan, spontaneously happened to him fly abroad constantly outside of Japan.

He is also known as " THE PEOPLE IN FOG." .This project has focused particularly house grooves. An album "A RAY OF LIGHT" in 2013, and another new EP "DEEP" (SOUND OF VAST) in 2014, both releases have settled him to play at ADE being one of the most busiest, significant act in Asia beyond the doubt. 2016 he had a release from Trip, and again headlined Nina Kraviz Japan tour, and Dommune.
Yan Cook
Yan, was born in Kiev, Ukraine, 1991. At the age of sixteen he was introduced to electronic music, more specifically Techno and his love for it was instantaneous! The rest is history and meanwhile the Ukrainian has performed alongside many of the most respected techno talents from around the globe and collaborated with a number of people in the past, as well as working under different aliases, he is now focusing on his own fully distinguished style which is immediately recognizable.

With a string of releases under his belt on some highly respected labels such as Delsin, Soma, ARTS and his own label Cooked, he is definitely a force to be reckoned with and his signature tracks are definitely leaving a long lasting impression with his audience.
Stihia N+

Stihia N+ is a pilot mini forum that explores how human activity impacts our present and future. It is an attempt to set the trend for future discussion events at the festival.

It is part of daytime activities held at Stihia - electronic music festival on 24 August (Saturday).

Forum is a collaboration of government, researchers, scientists, artists and business leaders. The objective is to gather creative minds with the aim at inspiration and networking.

Here is the link for the webpage.
6 Billion Trees
The Faculty of Acoustics in a proud partnership with Uzbekistan State Forest Service acquires 500 seeds of a short-leaf Yucca tree, better known as the Joshua tree, which mainly grows in the Mojave Desert, USA.

Follow the link for more details on this important mission.

How can I get to Muynaq?
There are several ways to get to the festival.

Foreign guests need to fly to Tashkent, preferably one day before the departure to Nukus. Then, on August 23 (Friday) there is a flight from Tashkent to Nukus at 7am, with a return flight from Nukus to Tashkent on August 25 (Sunday) at 8pm.

Then, you can reach Muynaq from Nukus by car in about 2 hours (about 7$ per passenger) or by bus in about 4 hours (about 7$ per passenger). You need to register and get a bracelet in order to book a seat in a bus.

You may also travel via Khiva, which is a four-hour drive from Muynaq. As the festival will take place during high season, we recommend buying tickets at least two months in advance.
How to get to the festival site?
After you pass a sign at city entrance, just drive straight along the main road, without turning anywhere.

Somewhere after 6-7 minute's drive at an average speed, there will be a cinema theatre on your right hand, just turn right after it and drive straight – you will reach the venue in 300 meters. If you are lost, just ask locals how to get to Stihia. .
Where can I stay once I'm there?
Please contact our booking agency https://www.peopletravel.uz, booking@peopletravel.uz for accommodation options.

Alternatively, you can embrace the festival's connection to nature and bring a tent to camp.

You can contact the following tent rental companies:

Sierra.uz, tel: +998903546996 / +998909434765
Basecamping, tel: +998946502500

Approx cost of rental is 15 USD per day. They also provide other travel accessories.
What should I bring?
You must have:

  1. Identification documents;
  2. mosquito spray;
  3. warm clothing; it may get very chilly in the desert in the night;
  4. closed toe shoes.

You are recommended to get:

  1. snacks, sandwiches, water;
  2. wet tissues and hygienic lipstick;
  3. earplugs;
  4. Linex and Imodium pills;
  5. telescope or StarChart app;
  6. wideangle lenses camera;
  7. sunglasses.

Will any food be provided?
There will be an on-site food truck selling various meals, a sandwich bar and a non-alcoholic bar. You are also free to bring your own food, of course. .
Will there be sanitary facilities?
For those who are not staying in a hotel, we will provide bio-toilets and washing facilities. There will be rubbish bins for you to dispose of any rubbish or waste. These will be clearly signposted
Will there be security?
Of course. The festival site will be guarded by national security services and secure. However, you will be responsible for the safety of your personal belongings. In terms of medical facilities, there will be a medic on site. Also, there will be a fire truck.
Will I need visa?
If you are a citizen of a CIS country, you will not need a visa. Also, if you are citizen of one of the below listed countries, then you will not need visa (it will be stamped on your arrival and it`s free of charge).

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brunei Darussalam
Great Britain
San marino
New Zealand

If you are coming from other countries, then you need to get a visa, and the process became very easy. Just follow the e-visa instructions here http://evisa.mfa.uz/evisa_en/

How much do tickets cost?
Attendance is free of charge as the festival is a not-for-profit event financed by public funds and sponsors. However, visitors must cover their own transportation and living costs. Accommodation and food costs will also be at your own expense. It will be free to camp.
Does the festival site have mobile phone coverage?
Yes, all operators provide coverage at the site. But, please, just please, stick to smartphone etiquette.
Is alcohol permitted?
Although our bar will be non-alcoholic, we understand that you want to relax and unwind at the festival. As such, you may bring your own alcoholic drinks provided you drink reasonably and act responsibly. Excessive drinking or unreasonable behaviour will not be tolerated by our security. It goes without saying that illegal drugs are strictly prohibited.
What else can i do in Muynaq?
First day will mainly be about the music.

In the morning of the next day, on Saturday, you can go to the local museum, or even drive to the sea itself, which is about two hours' drive from the festival site, visit the workshops, fly a balloon (if weather conditions allow). Contact one of the volunteers for more details.
How to become a volunteer?
First of all, thanks for the help. Just write to us. Stihia is a project of enthusiasts. We do everything with the help of volunteers , so any help will be much appreciated.
Why would i need to register?
Of course, you do not need to register to attend the festival. You can just turn up. No probs.

However, if you need to book a seat in a bus, hotel, yurt or guest house, then registration is required. Please note that seats in buses are limited to 500 seats, places for accommodation are even less than that. So, please, be quick. Bracelets are issued only to those who have registered. Only those who have bracelets have a booked seat in the bus. Bracelets can be obtained either at the Peopletravel's office in Tashkent by contacting our call center, or upon arrival in Nukus, near the square with the Savitsky Museum.

If you do not need either of above, please, do register anyway. This will help us with statistics and management. Thank you!

We apologize, but due to high demand the registration is now closed. You may, of course, bring your tent and attend the festival anyway, but there are no places in the buses and in yurts.

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