18th Athens Digital Arts Festival
Kotzia Square, Athens
25 - 29 May 2022
The Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF) presents FutuRetro, a celebratory 18th edition and a five-day gathering in the heart of Athens at the historical landmark of Kotzia Square.
From the 25th until the 29th of May, the building complex of notoshome and Kotzia Square will be revived to host an innovative exciting program with works from 12 categories: Video Art, Animation, Interactive Installations, Virtual and Augmented reality (VR/AR), Games, Digital Image, Web Art, Live Performances, Workshops, Talks and ADAF KIDS, a mini digital arts festival dedicated to children. This year ADAF is especially excited to present a curated program for the ADAF MUSIC category.
The theme, FutuRetro, focuses on science fiction, retrofuturism and futurology and aims to present the technological milestones of today through the eyes of the past and as a foreshadowing means for the future. Marking its third year as a Hybrid Festival, the online edition of the festival, ADAF ONLINE, will be launched in the fall of 2022 as an extension to the physical edition and in an effort to make the festival and its works accessible to a truly limitless, global audience.
With the selection process in its final stage, ADAF’s international open call has yet again received an overwhelming number of submissions, 5,700 works from artists, scientists, intellectuals, and technologists from around the world. Parallel to the open call, the Festival continues to expand its network by cultivating bridges with local and international festivals, universities and institutions to exchange knowledge, art and to showcase global trends in digital arts.
Do not miss!
- 3D Projection Mapping Show on Athens City Hall.
- All-day Cinemateque with video art & animation screenings, Festivals of the World, and special screenings (10.00 – 23.00).
- ScanAudience by Amelie Duchow + Marco Monfardini (IT). A site-specific audio/video performance based on the real time scanning of the spectators themselves, attending this live show.
- SUPERSELFIE, an interactive installation by Felipe Prado (CL).
- Music Doubles as part of ADAF Music programme, the daily music performances on the ADAF Stage at Kotzia Square (20.00 – 23.00), including Lena Platonos, Michalis Delta, Marina Satti, Kaiti Garbi, IOTA PHI, Someone who isn’t me, Die Arkitekt , Katia Paschou, Vagelis Serifis – ΝΕΒΜΑ, Konstantine Pope & Jeph Vanger and many more artists. Music Doubles brings to the stage unexpected and unique collaborations between musicians from different music genres and eras, creating a multi-dimensional blend of Greece’s contemporary musical references.
- The performance Unsculpt by Myriam Bleau (CA) on the ADAF Stage.
- Light Pong, an installation – game with light for the ADAF KIDS category by Håkan Lidbo (SE).
- Robotize it! A showcase event of DIY Robots.
- The NFT workshops. Learn everything about NFT artworks by the experts.
A few words about the location
The Athens Digital Arts Festival traditionally takes place during spring in the Historic Center of Athens, each time activating and reinventing city landmarks and spaces, engaging the local community and creating new paths where one can explore and experience the city in a new and unique way. This year, ADAF selects the city landmark of Kotzia Square and the notoshome building complex to host its exciting program.
The main exhibition will be open to public from 10:00 to 23:00 and it will take place in an impressive building complex, of over 12,000 m2 on Kotzia Square, where notoshome department store was housed. To celebrate the 18th Athens Digital Arts Festival and as an invitation to its customers and pedestrians, the notos department store will feature an impressive interactive installation in one of its windows.
In the meantime, we invite you to visit our last edition Tāctus, with an exciting 3D Virtual Tour to see the artworks showcased at the 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival which took place at the Museum of Modern Culture.
More information on the program of the 18th Athens Digital Arts Festival will be announced shortly on 2022.adaf.gr. Connect with us on Instagram and Facebook for daily updates and sign up to our year-round ADAF newsletter.
Thursday, May 25th 2022
21:00 | Marina Satti x Jeph Vanger
Shortly after the release of her new album, YENNA, Marina Satti will perform a live show that will combine traditional and contemporary electronic elements for the first time with the help of Jeph Vanger. Jeph Vanger will be reinterpreting Marina’s songs from Yenna by adding his personal touch of electronic elements to her music.
22:00 | Kaiti Garbi x Someone Who Isn’t Me (aka S.W.I.M)
A unique performance featuring Kaiti Garbi, one of Greece’s long established stars in the Pop/ Modern Laika genre and Someone Who Isn’t Me, a music project which has become a favorite in the local alternative/indie and dance/electronic scene.
Friday, May 27th 2022
21:00 | IOTA PHI x VASSIŁINA
IOTA PHI, also known as Ilia Darlin, is a Greek singer, songwriter, music producer and an award-winning video director. As a support act she has shared the stage with artists such as Orbital, Florence and the Machine, Marina and the Diamonds and Muse. As part of What’s Up Music Doubles, IOTA PHI will perform alongside VASSIŁINA, an equally talented musician and producer who has gained a lot of attention thanks to her avant-pop melodies and capturing vocals.
Saturday, May 28th 2022
21:00 | Pan Pan x Kalliopi Mitropoulou
A live mixtape consisting of various songs from Pan Pan’s and Kalliopi’s discography, classical compositions from the 17th century as well as top hits from the 20th century, all orchestrated with live sequencing, synths, violins, turntables, voices and sounds.
22:00 | Lena Platonos x Die Arkitekt
The performance brings together the founder of electronic music in Greece, Lena Platonos and super fresh electro producer, Die Arkitekt. The performance will present Die Arkitekt’s new album and cover versions of some of Lena Platono’s most renowned songs from her discography.
Sunday, May 29th 2022
21:30 | Nikos Touliatos x Stelios Giannoulakis
Nikos Toulatos, one of Greece’s most celebrated percussionists with a career spanning 50 years and counting, will meet on stage with musician, composer and sound designer, Stelios Giannoulakis.
23:00 | DJ Rico x Katia Paschou
Vaggelis Serifis, also known as DJ Rico, will be teaming up with the soprano Katia Paschou, combining opera with hip hop music. This technique will be showcased earlier that day at the Classic (And) Hip Hop: Element of an Innovative Creation Workshop (Sunday, May 29th 2022, 19:00). Apply by sending your name and contact details at email@example.com. Places are limited, so priority will be given on first come first served basis.
Exhibition Space: 10:00 – 23:00
Outdoor Program: 20:00 – 24:00
Location: Kotzia Square | Historical Center of Athens
Parallel activities: Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos
Τhe 18th Athens Digital Arts Festival is co-financed by the Hellenic Republic and the European Union through the Regional Operational Program “Attica” in the framework of NSRF 2014-2020, performs under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport, Ministry of Tourism, the Region of Attica and the City of Athens.
The event follows all required guidelines of the public health authority to prevent the spread of COVID 19.
Closest Metro Station: Omonia
Metro to Venue: 4 minutes walking
Wheelchair Accessibility YES