Art-Labyrinth Festival 2020
Creating and growing Art-Labyrinth, we were thinking and searching the answer to one question what is the growth itself ? And how to stimulate it? In fact, not abstractly. What specific goals and actions can be provided to inspire the team and festival participants, and it could tell us that we are really moving forward and growing, not stagnating, that we are developing in the right direction. Finally, a few years ago, a wonderful idea appeared that inspired us all to hold the festival one year in Moldova and the next one in a different country. And who knows maybe one day Art-Labyrinth will take place in Mexico or even somewhere in the bushes of Africa. We all understand that it sounds like pipe dreams, but who knows… And now we are very close to make this idea come true and hold the festival in Romania in 2020, we will have mountains, rivers, virgin forest and incredible sites in a wild area far from touristic routes. We scouted these wonderful places and just imagine we found 2 places that meet our requirements completely and we got a preliminary agreement with the local authorities and even the spirit of forest, who faced us as a young stag. The bear, the true master of the forest didn’t show up personally, though left his prints on the forest’s wild paths. Of course, all that will be more complicated comparing to Moldova, but it will be a truly inspiring experience and we are ready for it.
Art-Labyrinth’s Summer Festival is an annual event that takes place in the natural environment, in the most picturesque and beautiful places of Moldova. It lasts for 6 days and brings together about 2,000 people of all ages. From 2020 every second year the new country is chosen for the festival.
Our festival is non-commercial and it is organized by an enthusiastic group of people who consider that art and music can bring positive changes and inspiration into each person’s life.
The first Art-Labyrinth festival was held in 2008 and since then we have come a long and interesting way. During this time, we have acquired a core audience who come every year, and at the same time, the event has become more widely known with the result that many people also come for the first time.
Every year, we look for a new and picturesque place in the wild; a place necessarily unknown by tourists so that almost all of the guests get to see some of the most charming places in our country for the first time. We think that the place is ‘the most important part’ of the program – to a large extent, it determines the way the festival is going to be that year.
The use of only natural materials for the infrastructure, the selection of the musical program, master-classes, workshops, performances, the lack of those “elements” reminding us of the city along with a wonderful landscape creates a truly unique atmosphere which draws people to the festival again and again. Everything that is built here and everything that happens tends to affect each person in an unusual way that is completely different from their daily hectic routine.
The art installations and infrastructure are created with a specific style, combining elements of different ethnic traditions from around the world.
The program on offer is just as important and varied – performances of local and foreign musicians, theatrical plays and film screenings, performances and land-art, handicraft expositions, and plenty of master-classes and workshops for many different topics.
When creating a program, we consider the following criteria:
- the unusualness and the uncommonness of the performance, subject, etc. (at least for Moldova);
- the positive and life-affirming effects for the individual and also for society as a whole;
- the participation, i.e., the maximum involvement and interaction of the guest in the artistic process such that they no longer become just passive observers but active participants.
Concept-accomplishing principles of Art-Labyrinth:
– freedom of self-expression;
– purity of conscience;
– sustainable, eco-friendly,
attitude to the outside world;
-non-consumptive value system;
– exemption from displays of
aggression and its
– pro-bono work.