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Kyrgyzstan’s Global Music Festival

23-24-25 July 2021, Issyk-Kul Lake, South Shore, Kyrgyz Republic



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KӨL FEST

is Central Asia’s first Global Music and Arts festival, bringing together people, music and creative arts from Central Asia and beyond.

Together we will celebrate global and local Kyrgyz culture through music, performance, arts, installations and interactions.

The festival site offers stunning views, is surrounded by numerous yurt camps and is conveniently located near the district centre, offering all essential amenities. The line-up includes shows from European and Central Asian DJs and live bands playing tunes from across the globe (from Electro to Indie to Latin American to Reggae), yoga, dance and other workshops, family friendly activities as well as master classes by local residents.


“Kol Fest" is all about a range of new impressions and feelings. As a creative team we want to bring you a special experience. We go beyond what is generally accepted, meaning that we aim to entertain our guests like no one else has done it.


Enjoy music for 24 hours

There will be several stages on festival site: The Main Stage- performances by bands, DJs and musical collaborations; Gallery - night rave with DJs until the morning, digital gallery and cinema in the daytime; Amphitheater - solo performances, chill out sessions with DJs until dawn, morning yoga and master classes.

Musicians

We select the best artists, and invite DJs and bands from all over the world to play for you! We are proud to represent different genres and cultural diversity of the festival.

Food and Drink

There will be several food courts and bars on the festival site. You can explore Central Asian, European cuisine, as well as a variety of street food. Plus we took special care of the drinks. Several bar zones will keep your mood high all day and night during the festival.

Activity at the festival

The festival also offers various educational activities for adults and children. Morning yoga sessions and meditation on the lakeside, creativity and self-development talks, digital art exhibition, cinema, master class of yurt building and more.

Tourism

The festival now allows you to take short trips to the nearby mountains, canyons and gorges accompanied by professional guides. Tours are designed for several hours during the daytime. The festival also has its own ethno village for a first-hand encounter with the authentic culture of nomads.

Safety

The safety and wellbeing of our guests is the number one priority for the Kol Fest administration. We take all the efforts in this regard. Thus police, ambulance and private security agencies are invited. Please be aware and follow the safety rules inside and outside of the festival grounds.



LINEUP - KOL FEST 2021

Dj Dawee

Germany
Reggae / Afrobeats / Latin

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DJ Dawee from the Berlin-based Sound With Soul is a Reggae, Dancehall, Afrobeats and Reggaeton DJ who has toured the world extensively over the last 15 years.

Kyrgyz Kairyk

Kyrgyzstan
Ethno

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“Kyrgyz kairyk” ensemble -kyrgyz folk band based on “Kyrgyz kairyk” project of experimental contemporary music. In the original band contains more than 10 musicians. Ensemble plays contemporary and ancient, traditional and new. They also create music together, connecting different styles.

Taras Piz

Kyrgyzstan
Funk

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Taras Piz is a dj from Bishkek. He has been around for about 6 years. He explores and collects rare international dance music, and has a very unique music taste. He prefers genres like funk, disco and Italo disco and many others

Salt Peanuts

Kyrgyzstan
Jazz

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The Salt Peanuts Jazz Band is one of the best known local jazz acts in Bishkek. They have a vast repertoire performing with various programs, covering everything from Jazz standards, light background jazz over more versatile sets up to jazzy "Manas Epic Poems" interpretations in concert halls.

Pishpek City

Kyrgyzstan
Indie Rock

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Young band from Bishkek, have been categorised under the indie rock, alternative rock,pop.

Tim Kari

Uzbekistan
Ethnic Techno / Trance

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Producer and DJ from Tashkent. He is known for his fascinating experience making music for over 10 years. In his DJ sets he likes experimenting with the use of different musical instruments and sounds.

Dumitresku

Kazakhstan
Melodic House

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Zhan is producer, composer and DJ from Kazakhstan also known as a DJ Dumitresku. In his dj sets he plays deep house,melodic house and spop.

Dj ISL

Uzbekistan
House

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Islam is a young Dj from Uzbekistan,well known as DJ ISL. He plays different types of house music,techno,indi dance,also he started developing an interest in sound production.

Liminal Roots

India
Chill out / Downtempo

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Aiming for an amazing experience of sounds and emotions Liminal Roots travels with his sonic stories all over world, experimenting with different sounds from multiple genres. He thrives on transporting people into far off soundscapes and loves getting his listeners warmed up, chilled out, groovy and smiling from ear to ear. Liminal Roots has presented his deep sonic stories at various festivals and venues in and around Asia, Africa & Europe. Gathering vibes by playing with the sun and the stars, chill-out sets at outdoor venues is where he is at peace. He is the curator and creative director for India's first chill, ambient and downtempo focused Music & Art Festival called Chill Top Festival in Goa, India.

Evolve

India
Spoken Word / Downtempo

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Evolve is a collaboration between the beat inspired Spoken Word by Jesika and the ambient/downtempo of Ashwin's chill-out universe. Her voice breathes life into her original writings as his ambient, downtempo soundscapes carry the gentle lullabies to your ears, eyes and hearts. A contemplative journey through various themes encompassing life, nature, relations with self, its myriad musings and mysteries, Evolve is a sonic poetic experience that welcomes all curious minds to journey, glide, fly as we evolve together.

Flyin Up

Uzbekistan
Psychedelic Rock

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A non-commercial Tashkent psychedelic rock band that uses electronic arrangements in their music, whose work is imbued with ethnic motives of the region. Founded in 2012, the band actively participates in the underground movement of Uzbekistan, performing at various significant festivals, as well as creating their own events.

Vee Mukarati

Zimbabwe
Afro Jazz / Afro Pop

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Singer, saxophonist, composer, producer and DJ. His music is a mixture of contemporary afro-jazz, afro-pop, soul and deep house. In August 2020 he released a six track EP titled "Vital Signs" which became an instant classic of contemporary afro-jazz music, being included in Bandcamp's essential releases list.

TYOE

France
Trance / Psychodelic

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Artist from Paris, TYOE started by mixing before to get into producing her own songs. French touch is a key word to her work with a strong influence of techno, electronic, psychedelic and pop.

Diatohm

Macedonia
EDM

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Diatohm believes in the necessity to break conventions whenever possible and the importance of personally ritualizing the consumption of music in order to pay the highest respect to those who have created it and those who consume it.

Zack

Kyrgyzstan
House / Tech House / Dub Techno

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Zak is a selector from Bishkek and organizer of the EMM party. Through its activities, it seeks to immerse the audience in the most relaxed state.

Rave Machine

Russia
Tekno / Jungletek

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Jen is an honored rave veteran, for 3 years she has developed quite coolly as a DJ and started writing her own music. Has good taste and surprises with a new selection of excellent tekno / jungletek every time. Contributes to the development of the TeKno scene in Russia and Belarus. Resident of the LaTuse and Kolotushka parties, played at many raves, became a guest of the live stream from Mr Kingston himself.

Tenkuro

Japan
House / Disco / Techno

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DJ Tenkuro from Tokyo,House, Disco, Techno, Trance. A middle-aged man who loves club music. He will provide a groovy and POP music selection to make everyone smile and dance happily.

44G

Kyrgyzstan
Funk / Electro Bass / House

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Has been playing for 10 years. During this time he took part in the organization of the projects "Culture" "Unight" "Object", was a participant in the Street Fest 1,2 festivals.

Aiko

Kyrgyzstan
Oriental / Organic / Progressive House

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Aiko is a young dj from Bishkek also known as a songwriter,singer/guitarist. She plays oriental,organic, tribal,progressive house,melodic house.

Floky

Russia
House / Bass Music / Jungle

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Selector, producer and one of the founders of the underground music movement "Culture". An adherent of the DIY philosophy, drowning for the idea and general musical literacy, in his sets he prefers to mix genres such as house, techno, uk garage, dubstep, juke, jungle, drum and bass.

Val

Kyrgyzstan
House / Acid

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Newcomer in the local scene bringing music from NYC dance floors. Classic house, acid and minimal are amongst my favorite genres to play.

The Rolls Band

Kyrgyzstan
Covers

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The Rolls group was founded in Bishkek in 2010 and is known for being the only one in Kyrgyzstan that specializes in British and American music of the 60s and 70s of the XX century.

Me and My Invisible Orchestra

Kazakhstan
Indie Pop

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Kazakhstani indie pop from Almaty. This is a joint project of singer-songwriter Malika Kolesova and sound producer Konstantin Kokhan.

Dj Votsok

Kyrgyzstan
Trippy Groove

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He has been in music for 5 years already, attended world famous festivals such as Dekmantel, Epizode 2019-2020, has a unique selection and taste, into which we will immerse ourselves with you at Kol Fest.

Ruslan Aidarov

Kyrgyzstan
Indie

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A singer/guitarist from Bishkek. Performs in the genre of indie, alternative, pop, and rock. He is also a very good boi.

Dudeontheguitar

Kazahstan
Indie Pop

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He is one of those musicians whose talent was born on the streets of Almaty playing guitar. The unique point of this artist is his beautiful voice and bilinguality, he smoothly mixing qazaq and English languages.

Adilet Imankariev

Kyrgyzstan

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TYTYN

Kyrgyzstan

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Rull

Kyrgyzstan

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Chyntemir

Kyrgyzstan

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Hey Monro

Kazahstan

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Easy

Kyrgyzstan

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ILGERI ART RESIDENCE

At the festival, participants will be able to visit the reporting exhibition and concert of the first Central Asian art residence ILGERI. Its participants were the legends of Kyrgyz painting, young contemporary artists and musicians from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Within three days, our art partners will hold a series of master classes, a reporting concert and an exhibition in the festival gallery. You will also be able to personally meet the participants of the ILGERI Art Residence.

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PROGRAM KOL FEST 2021

Everything you need to have a great time; art, exhibitions, films, trips, workshops and parties 24\7 in various surprising locations. Explore the South Shore together with Kol Fest!

MUSIC



Music of familiar and experimental genres is performed all day by musicians, in 3 different stages on the shore of the lake.

CINEMA



Daytime screening of films, interviews, workshops with directors and actors of the national cinema, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of "Kyrgyzfilm" production.

ACTIVITIES



Morning yoga sessions, sports games and competitions on the beach will keep the energy up fully enjoy the spirit and the atmosphere of the festival.

GALLERY



The festival now has expanded and provides the opportunity to visit gallery and photo and digital art exhibitions by the creative project “ILGERI Art Residence” and digital art project by artist Altynai Osmoeva. Unique location as a building of the former factory located on the festival site.

TRAVEL



For the diversity of active leisure, mini trips to the nearby mountains, canyons and gorges accompanied by professional guides, are planned to be organized. Tours are designed for several hours during the daytime.

ETHNO VILLAGE



Dozens of exciting masterclasses, national products fairs, plus group assembling of a yurt are available in a small ethno-village during the festival for the first-hand encounter with the authentic culture of nomads.


TICKETS

Kөl Fest is organised by festival enthusiasts and many volunteers from Kyrgyzstan. In order to make Kөl Fest a success and to allow us to grow over the coming years, your support is much appreciated. Every $ generated through ticket and packages sales will be re-invested in the longer term vision of a sustainable music and arts platform.
We are offering three main options for festival sales: Ticket Only, Accommodation and Transfer.

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FAQ

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about Kol Fest. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please don't hesitate to email us at info@kolfest.com.
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Where to buy tickets off-line?

You can buy the ticket and accommodation offline at the following address in Bishkek: Hostel “Compass”, 94 Tynystanova st. 10 am to 6 pm (Monday-Friday). Please contact +996 552 448470 or kolfestkg@gmail.com

What is included in the Kөl Fest ticket price?

The ticket includes entrance to the festival site and access to all festival offers from Friday 23rd morning to Sunday 25th noon. These include music programmes, as well as access to the arts and interaction zones where the festival offers workshops, seminars, master classes, games, sports, movies etc. Food and drinks will be on sale on the festival site.

Where Kөl Fest located?

Kөl Fest will take place near Bokonbayevo and Ton villages, in a yurt camp on the beach. Early birds can check into the yurt camps on Thursday, however, accommodation from Thursday to Friday will need to be organised separately. Please contact kolfestkg@gmail.com for questions about additional accommodation or transport requests.

How do I get to the festival site from Bishkek or Almaty?

Kөl Fest administration highly recommends visitors to use shuttle bus service from Bishkek to the festival and back. During the festival free shuttle buses will be operating from the festival zone to all yurt camps and to Ton and Bokonbaevo village centers on a frequent schedule. Verified taxi services will be available at the festival. For Almaty visitors please contact +996 552 44 84 70 or kolfestkg@gmail.com

Where will my yurt camp accommodation be?

You can book your yurt accommodation online at www.travelbar.kg/kolfest where you can find full information and photos about all available accommodation around the festival. You can also approach our offline sales point to consult and receive full information about your yurt camp accommodation.

I have a great idea and would like to contribute to the festival, how can I do that?

We are a new and developing festival, so we are very open to anyone contributing. Are you a DJ or musician that might be interested in playing? Would you like to run a workshop? Do get in touch with us at kolfestkg@gmail.com

What about food and drinks at the festival?

There will be locals selling Kyrgyz food and drinks, as well as a number of Bishkek-based restaurants and bars offering their best dishes, drinks and cocktails. We will publish more details closer to the time.

Are lockers available at the festival site?

Unfortunately we won’t offer lockers at the festival site, but most of the guest houses or yurt camps offer lockers. We recommend that you take all your valuable items with you at all times (see legal disclaimer).

Can I bring children?

Yes, there will be a children’s corner. There will 1-2 yurt camps for families with children, depending on demand. Entrance to the festival site is free for children under the age of 15. Accommodation for children of any age should be paid as per regular price for each bed booked.

What are the COVID-19 restrictions during traveling to and from Kyrgyzstan?

As of May 4th a relaxed quarantine is still in effect in Kyrgyzstan, no lockdown is in place, however the situation may change. The festival was approved by Government of Kyrgyzstan. We are closely A negative PCR test is required to be presented upon arrival to Kyrgyzstan. There is no mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival to Kyrgyzstan.

What are Kөl Fest COVID-19 sanitary protocols?

We will strictly follow the following guidelines: 1)Safe distance shall be maintained between guests/staff members. 2)Hand sanitizers, placed at the entrance and throughout the territory, shall be regularly used by everyone. 3)Face masks shall be used at all times by all staff members. 5)Please do not visit Kөl Fest if you have a persistent cough/fever or show any symptoms of illness.

How about parking at the festival?

Parking is not allowed at the festival zone. Families travelling with children and RVs can use festival shuttle bus parking for free upon preliminary request. For individual cars there will be free and paid parking spaces within walking distance from the festival, but Kөl Fest administration is not responsible for safety and security of your cars.

Will there be security?

The festival site will be guarded by national police and tourist police and private security guards. However, you will be responsible for the safety of your personal belongings. Medics and emergency trucks will be present at all times.

Will there be medical support at all times?

Yes. There will be medica and emergency service available at all times.


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KOLFEST: SEASON 2019
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Let’s Work Together

With an increasingly active local and regional music and arts scene and increasing attention for Kyrgyzstan (for example highlighted by its inclusion in the top 10 Lonely Planet travel destinations, CNTraveler Top 10,), we believe that 2019 was the perfect year to launch this project in Kyrgyzstan. The results of 2019 proved our assumptions. In 2020 Kol Fest is growing and keeps its goals. As such, the festival aims to achieve three objectives:

1. Contribute to sustainable local development on the South Shore of Lake Issyk- Kul
2. Provide a platform for intercultural exchange (there are currently few music, arts and culture exchanges, events or platforms within Central Asia)
3. Support the music and arts scene in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia more broadly


We would like the festival to be as sustainable and locally embedded as possible. We are working in close collaboration with the local community, and as such there will be local food stalls, the local administration is helping with logistics and we have a number of volunteers from the South Shore of Issyk-Kul. What’s more, we are working towards a sustainable waste management and sanitation concept. However, please bear in mind that this festival is a new project, so while we are trying our best to maximise sustainability and reduce our ecological footprint, we might not be able to offer an “ecological gold standard” across the board. Do contact us if you would like to help us get as sustainable as possible.

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