STIHIA MUSIC FESTIVAL
14-15 May 2021
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…




Line-up
Ah! Kosmos
Ah! Kosmos
Başak Günak also known as Ah! Kosmos is producer and performer born in Istanbul, based in Berlin.

Ah! Kosmos uses experimentation with found sounds and analogue and electronic composition to experience how sound vibration and melody resonates with bodies and other beings. Her music paints euphoric melodies over rhythms with echoing guitar and floating vocals. It combines buoyant, crunchy percussion with minor-key, determined melodic soundscapes. Both timeless and otherworldly, Günak's work unconsciously defies being tied to a genre, tapping into something beyond an immediate surrounding or experience to communicate something more transcendental.

Andrea
Andrea
Andrea comes from Turin, Italy. Passionated by music and art, since his childhood, he started to buy vinyl records approaching music across all different genres. In his productions Andrea tries to mix sundry elements related to 90s Breakbeat and IDM with excursion to warehouse techno and house. Turin city has a key role in his sound; its dark and post-industrial soul clearly emerges in every track. Emotive melodies and abstract sounds, heavy kicks and low-end drum, atmo-pads and chord progressions are the significant elements of his music.
Edit Select
Edit Select
Tony Scott has been producing electronic music since the early 90s under various pseudonyms. He established the Edit Select project, as well as its eponymous label, in 2007, focusing on atmospheric yet stripped-down, back-to-basics techno tracks for club use. Several 12"s appeared, including releases on labels like Ostgut Ton and Figure, as well as remixes for the likes of Speedy J, Chris Liebing, and VCMG. His signature sound is a space wrapping, atmospheric electronic sound journeys - perfect fit for the Stihia's ambience.
IDA
IDA
IDA is a Finnish DJ and promoter based in Glasgow, UK. Launched in 2015, IDA's Acid Flash parties have quickly become one of the most exciting fixtures on Scotland's club circuit. Take the classic sounds of 80s Chicago acid house, and put them in the talented hands of Ida Koskunen and you have a unique, modern celebration of acid-themed house and techno from a well-travelled crate-digger who certainly knows her way around a 303 bassline.
Linda Lazarov
Linda Lazarov
Owing much to early electro-industrial explorations and Detroit's afro-futurist underwater mythos, Helsinki-based Linda Lazarov has been striving to diversify and challenge dance floors home and abroad. Having co-founded Electronic Market collective and played records at local clubs Kaiku, Ääniwalli and Post Bar as well as venues across Europe, her ambition is to weave sonic matter together to uncover shrouded emotions and invite presence of mind. Conducting experiments without compromising danceability, her search for synergy forms a balance between stark and soothing soundscapes.
Nazira
Nazira
Nazira is Kazakhstan based DJ. She came onto the radar in 2016 through her Unsound: Dislocation sets in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and shortly thereafter debuted at the main festival in Krakow. She effortlessly travels between left-field techno, electro, acid and industrial with smiles all along the way. Nazira has been featured in Mixmag, Pitchfork and Resident Advisor. She also runs her Almaty based ZVUK project - a DIY event series that makes its home wherever the vibe will take it. Nazria is truly one of the most remarkable artistic voices of the Central Asia! So better it is to host her at the then shores of the Aral Sea.
Nina Kraviz
Nina Kraviz
Nina Kraviz is a producer, songwriter and occasional vocalist. Nina hails from Irkutsk, Siberia, and during the last decade made a long twisting journey to the pedestal of the world's electronic music scene. With encyclopedic knowledge of the genre and exceptional taste, Nina is a rebellious game changer. Artist's signature sound is a raw blend of house and techno with a very recognizable acidic feel. Since 2014 she has been running the ТРИП record label, which discovered remarkable characters to the world of contemporary music.
Prisheletz
Prisheletz
Prisheletz is the artist with long track record of cosmic multidimensional voyages and is domiciled on the planet of St. Petersburg. He is a member and resident of Electro Music Coalition, a label releasing and promoting electro for over 20 years. Prisheletz has been one of the most committed ambassadors of the electro genre long before it became popularized in our part of the world. Artist also runs his own multi-genre project Ectro Usic, which was released on the Austrian based label Laton. We are waiting him to accomplish his interstellar trip through giant molecular clouds, ionized gases, circumventing ultraviolet radiation nebulas, before we, humans, witness his arrival to Stihia! Call the linguists to the site!
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.
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.
Stargazing
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 mid of May.
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Location
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. Click here, here and here to see the scenery.

STIHIA 2019. Aftermovie.


STIHIA 2018. Aftermovie.
FAQ
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).

Australia
Austria
Andorra
Argentina
Bulgaria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belgium
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Great Britain
Vatican
Hungary
Greece
Denmark
Ireland
Iceland
Spain
Italy
Canada
Cyprus
Latvia
Lithuania
Liechtenstein
Malta
Monaco
Mongolia
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
San marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Finland
Croatia
Montenegro
Czech
Chile
Switzerland
Sweden
Estonia
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!
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