with the support of THE uzbek state Committee of tourism
S T I H I A
Abstract electronic music festival in Uzbekistan 14 September 2018
Concept and cause
The abstract visual above is a satellite image of the Aral region made using light filters by the European Space Agency in 2017.
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 festival was approved by the protocol of Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan No.24/1-232 as of 30 April 2018. The mission of the Stihia 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.
(background music: Osse - Experiment III)
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
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 Stihia festival on 14 September.
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.
One day divers to the depths of the Aral Sea will search for the Great Unknown.
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.