Fest Anča introduces a diverse Traditions programme, with headliners Adi Gelbart and Nina Pixel

    The 14th Fest Anča has something for everyone, with so much more than animated films such  as great music and an accompanying programme that includes concerts, parties, lectures, and  even readings. Concerts (which will only stay online for 24 hours after performance) and  discussions will be freely available on Fest Anča’s Facebook page. DJ sets will be streamed on  Twitch. 

    Music programme 

    Festival goers can look forward to the headlining German animator and musician Adi Gelbart,  who will bring his electronic pop with a projection straight from Berlin. The local music scene is  represented by Fokular, Dominik Suchý, Edúv syn, and Nina Pixel’s audiovisual project made in  collaboration with Adrián Kriška. DJ Matwe, Peal, Teapot and DJ Kristie Kardio will get the parties  started. Concerts and parties will be held live at Stanica Žilina-Záriečie and the New Synagogue,  and listeners can also tune in from their own homes. 

    Dive into ourselves and the past 

    The music programme features Adi Gelbart, who charmed us all with his music video of flying  cats, selected for the International Competition of Music Videos at Fest Anča 2020. As musical  guest at the animation festival this year, with his analogue gear and mysterious homemade  devices he will embark on a psychedelic exploration of modulated synthesizers taking festival  goers into a universe where all colours and shades of electronic pop blend together. Gelbart’s  performance will follow the festival’s opening ceremony on Thursday. 

    Then Fokular – also known as the drummer of the instrumental duo Möbius – will propel listeners  from the heights of space into musical minimalism in its purest form. His music communicates  feelings of loneliness in a world full of crises and failures, emphasizing this year’s festival theme  selection. But with tensions and threats, Fokular’s music also brings something ethereal and  delicate, invoking profound contemplation on the meaning of life. 

    Dominik Suchý – a member of Tittingur and Weltschmerzen – will continue the concert’s contemplative nature with electronic music that confronts anxiety and doom rooted in the  environmental crisis and capitalist hegemony. Edúv syn has very honest opinions about today’s  problems – his trap has a super-dark, witty, and often engaged and antifascist lyricism that embraces taboos such as mental illnesses and suicidal thoughts. Both concerts are on Friday  evening. 

    The Ancestral Archaeology project, created by producer Nina Pixel and visual artist Adrián  Kriška, is probably the most closely related to the festival’s Traditions theme. The project’s central  idea is to offer an alternative point of view on Slovak folklore – stripped of old narratives, and  instead incorporated with primarily queer and feminist forms. How do our roots feel? How does  the soil of our home taste? What is our story to tell? These are some of the questions raised by  the audiovisual project about civilizations living atop their ancestors’ habitat. 

    Parties and Fest Anča favourites 

    Žilina and online streaming will have plenty of evening parties in early July. Tomáš Ferko alias  Teapot will enliven Thursday with sound that spans genres and combines lush-layered  electronics, sparse and haunting live instrumentation, and even batshit noise. On Friday, Peal – a familiar figure on Bratislava’s underground scene and regular performer at renowned clubs  among techno legends – will perform a playful, reliable, and well-thought set. On Saturday, Matwe  will play an aggressive blend of electronic bombardment with special passion for industrial techno,  EBM, and dark electro. 

    DJ Kristie Kardio “techno is everything” will steer Saturday’s party. And Fest Anča favourites Samčo, brat dážďoviek and DJ Karma je zdarma will show why tradition can be a good thing.

    Traditions in non-musical events 

    The accompanying programme includes non-musical events related to Traditions such as the  reading/performance Tale-teller’s comeback. Since Slovak fairy-tale heritage seems rather close  to everything our society deems strange and unsettling, during the 14th Fest Anča a travelling  tale-teller will return to Žilina and tell captivating stories on the city’s streets. 

    In her lecture And they lived happily ever aft…, Barbara Storchová, Ph.D., from the Institute of Ethnology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, will examine folk fairy tales, with special attention to their universal plot scheme – courting and winning a partner’s heart. She will deconstruct courting from various perspectives and approaches, such as sociohistorical and anthropological analysis, psychological interpretations, and feminist criticism. The lecture is organised in cooperation with Kapitalks.

    Joseph Beuys and the environment is organised in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. Slovak painter and performer Robo Švarc will present the basic premises of Beuys’ environmental and social artistic activism, seek to update its aspects to global climate development, and locate it within the framework of Slovak traditions. The lecture is part of the year-long Beyus will be Beyus project organised by the Goethe-Institut on the occasion of Joseph Beuys’ centenary.

    About Fest Anča 

    Fest Anča International Animation Festival is the only Slovak multimedia festival focused on  animated film targeted mainly at a mature audience. The festival presents contemporary  progressive animated films and classic gems of the genre and aims to raise awareness about  animated film as an autonomous art form, and to educate about multiple types and aspects of  animation.

    Fest Anča International Animation Festival 2021 is financially supported by the Slovak  Audiovisual Fund and LITA Fund. Traditions, Fest Anča’s 2021 thematic focus is an  implementation of the Student Forum Fest Anča. 

    The Student Forum Fest Anča benefits from a € 120 609 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein  and Norway through the EEA Grants. The project has been co-financed from the State  Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of € 18 091. The aim of the project is better  approaches towards training in animation and multicultural European cooperation. 

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    Photos from 2020


    Fest Anča
    Stanica Žilina-Záriečie
    Nová Synagóga 

    Main partners 

    Audiovizuálny fond

    Main media partners 

    Rádio Devín
    Rádio FM
    Denník N 

    The festival is held under the auspices of the Minister of Culture, Mrs Natália Milanová. The  festival is held under the auspices of the President of the Žilina Self-Governing Region Erika Jurinová. The festival is held under the auspices of the Mayor of Žilina, Mr Peter Fiabáne. 


    Granty EHP a štátneho rozpočtu Slovenskej republiky
    Fond na podporu umenia
    LITA autorská spoločnosť Ministerstvo kultúry
    Žilinský samosprávny kraj ŽSK Mesto Žilina
    Rosenfeldov palác
    Artforum Žilina
    Basta Digital
    BB Print
    Studio TEM
    Hotel Slovakia
    Hotel Grand
    PRETO Ryba Žilina

    Media partners 

    Zippy Frames
    Film New Europe
    VLNA – urbánny splietací mág
    Flash Art
    Swine Daily
    TV Severka