The eighth edition of the international digital arts festival DA Fest will take place from 26 to 30 October 2021 in Sofia. The festival is organized by the National Academy of Art and the DA Lab Foundation. Curators are Venelin Shurelov and Galina Dimitrova-Dimova.
The festival programme brings together prominent artists from the international art scene and young artists. Many of the international participants are coming to Bulgaria for the first time, which gives the audience a unique chance to meet their art.
The events at DA FEST 8 include exhibitions, audio-visual, theatre and dance performances, video art screenings, lectures and presentations, creative workshops, concerts that showcase the diverse research and artistic practices in the field of digital arts.
DA FEST 8's selection includes over 30 artists from different countries and disciplines, including Maurice Benayoun (France/Hong Kong), Jochem Hendricks (Germany), Andreas Müller-Pole (Germany), Ken Rinaldo (USA), Ana Petrovic (Croatia), Carlo Zanni (Italy), Nico Angiuli (Italy), Klaus Obermaier (Austria) and the duo Var & Mar (Estonia). Among the Bulgarian participants in the festival programme are the young artists Aksiniya Peicheva, Vladislav Iliev (Phormatik), Marina Genova, Veronika Tabakova and Yana Melamed, Ivelina Ivanova and Martin Lukanov, whose projects presented in the festival were produced earlier this year by the DA Lab Foundation within the project "e-valuation".
The festival programme will reveal different aspects of the rich spectrum of this contemporary art forms, like digital video and photography, interactive performance and installation, audio-visual performance, virtual reality, streaming, three-dimensional mapping, network art, sound art, bio-technologies, robotics and generative systems and other interdisciplinary forms
The events from the festival program will again saturate the Sofia scene, covering diverse locations: the Academy Gallery, ONE Gallery, Credo Bonum Gallery, Serdika Gallery and the gallery space at the Triangular Tower of Serdika at the Regional History Museum in Sofia, Institut Francais, Goethe Institute, Conference hall at the Largo, Derida Stage, AEther Art Space, Cabana Cinema, Atelieto Club, G8 and others.
The eighth edition of DA FEST is part of Sofia Municipality Calendar of Cultural Events, 2021 and is supported by the Ministry of Culture, National Academy of Art, the European Media Art Platform, co-funded by Creative Europe, Goethe Institut Bulgaria, Institut Francais and others.