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Kyrgyzstan’s Global Music Festival

28 - 30 June 2019, Lake Issyk-Kul 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. The theme of the Festival is “INTERACTION & DIVERSITY”. Together we will celebrate diversity as well as 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.

Lineup

Saltanat Ashirova

Kyrgyzstan
Pop-Rock

Saltanat Ashirova and her band are conservatory graduates and teachers. She is a well-known singer and vocal coach in Kyrgyzstan, covering different styles and genres including pop and rock.

The Lone John Harps

France
Indie

From his first performances as a busker in Liverpool, London, Italy, through South America and California, The Lone John Harps has been on a trip around the world for quite some time. He draws on diverse influences to attempt a new, ambitious and fresh take on the mythical figure of the troubadour singer in a 21st century context and offers a new kind of universal Folk music.

Begish & Bayastan

Kyrgyzstan
Rap

Begish and Bayastan are the #1 rappers in Kyrgyzstan these days. In 2015 they released their first full album in Kyrgyz - “Zamanbap” - which started the movement of rap in the Kyrgyz language.

Steppefish

Kazakhstan
Kazakh Indie

Steppefish is a Kazakh Indie band from Karaganda with electronic music influences. They have performed at a number of festivals, including "Nomad Vibes".

Alina Erkulova

Kyrgyzstan
Beatbox

Alina is Kyrgyzstans first female Beatboxer, watch out for her wicked skills.

Frunze Streets

India/Kyrgyzstan
Rock

Frunze Streets is a Eurasia-based band composed of multicultural and multi-national members brought together by their passion for music

Aigül

Kazakhstan

One of the brightest new acts on the Kazakh indie scene right now, Aigül writes all of her songs and produces some of them herself. Being a bilingual artist, Aigül speaks to a variety of audiences and balances her work both in Kazakh and English. Her sound delivers melodic romanticism that still comes with a catchy beat, while her soothing mellow voice sets the tone for dreamy relaxation.

Dzenpunk

Israel / Uzbekistan
Electronic, Indie, Power pop

The electronic collaboration of the vocalist, musician and songwriter Owliria from Israel and the rock and roll guys from the famous in Uzbekistan group Monno.
They refuse to tell about their music, preferring to play it. At this time, the team is working on their first studio album, where the co-producer is Edward Moodwayne (England / India), and London sound engineer Arthur Indrikovs is in charge of the sound.

Kochi

Okinawa, Japan
singer/songwriter and SANSHIN player

Kochi is originally from Okinawa, Japan. He is a professional singer/songwriter and SANSHIN player (SANSHIN is a traditional instrument from Okinawa). His musical style fascinates a wide range of people from children to elderly not only in Japan but across the world.
In 2004 he had his debut with Nihon Crown Record. He is currently Ambassador of Ogimi Village of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, and he has played across the USA, South American and elsewhere

JAPANIMESTAN

Japan
Japan Rock

The band is formed specially for the Kol Fest in 2019. The Japan- Kyrgyz band plays Japanese pops, including Japanese anime songs which are now popular culture in Japan and abroad. As the band consists of mixed people from Kyrgyzstan and Japan, they will create interesting sounds and harmony with the the chemical reaction and combination of multinational and multicultural members.

DJ Fritsch

Germany, Minimal techno

Fritsch is an Electronic Music DJ from Germany, and he plays experimental, progressive and contemporary Electro, including his own productions.

Dmitri Savelove

Kyrgyzstan, Electro

Dmitrii Savelove is one of the leading Electronic Music DJs from Kyrgyzstan. He is one of the organisers of the regular EMM party series in Bishkek, and is well respected amongst the local scene.

DJ Dawee

Germany, Reggae, Latin, Afrobeats

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.

DJ Lärm vom Feinsten

Germany
House, Techhouse

Rooted in classical music, learning percussion throughout his childhood, Lärm vom Feinsten had an early introduction to music. Later realising his passion for electronic music he started to build up the club "So&So" in Leipzig, which is well known internationally. With a mix of house and techhouse he heats up the dancefloor

DJ PJ

UK, Afrobeats

DJ PJ is based in London and plays all sorts of Afrobeats from West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana etc), Southern Africa as well as other parts of the continent. Niceness guaranteed!

Taras Piz

Kyrgyzstan
Funk

Taras Piz is a well-known Bishkek-based DJ playing Funk, Disco and more. Fun times guaranteed!

DJ Kubota

Japan

DJ KUBOTA started his engagement in the underground party scene when he was in late teens and was strongly influenced by the Chicago and New York house scenes of the 1980s and 1990s. In 2000, he made a debut as DJ and started involved in various parties and clubs in Tokyo. He also started his play as DJ at a popular club called "AIR", in Daikanyama, downtown Tokyo, and he co-played with Lil Louis and other artists. He also organizes various events and parts with music and he participates in various parties as DJ from time to time.

Festival Programme

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 two main options for ticket sales: TICKET ONLY and TICKET plus ACCOMMODATION - see below for details.
Please also note the on this website

Ticket only, Friday - Sunday - 3,500 soms(~$50) online; 3,000 soms(~$43) offline(in cash)

Ticket + RESERVATION stay in the yurt camp. Cost: 4200 soms ( ~$ 60) - online and 3700 soms (~ $ 53) - offline (payment is accepted in cash). Payment for accommodation is paid on the spot - 2100 soms ($ -30) per person for 2 nights - on June 28-29th.

FAQ

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You can buy the ticket and accommodation package offline at the following address in Bishkek: Vefa center (Gorkogo str. Cross Sovetskaya str.), B block, 9 floor from 10 am to 6 pm (Monday-Friday). Please contact +996 552 44 84 70 or info@kolfest.com

The ticket only includes entrance to the festival site and access to all festival offers. These include one main stage with music programme on Friday and Saturday night, as well as access to the arts and interaction corner where the festival offers workshops, games etc. Food and drinks will be on sale on the festival site
If you buy a ticket plus accommodation you will pay 4,200 soms(~$60) online You will settle the rest of the accommodation bill with the yurt camp directly (additional cost to be paid in cash after stay: 2,100 soms(~$30) per person for two nights in yurt camps). All accommodation is located near the festival site (yurt camps, 4 - 7 people per yurt). All accommodation includes breakfast. If you have any special requirements (eg group stay, children) or questions on accommodation please get in touch with info@kolfest.com
Kөl Fest takes place from 28 - 30 June 2019 on the South Shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, near Bokonbayevo village, in a yurt camp on the beach.

The programme will start on Friday afternoon and will go on until Sunday afternoon. Early birds can check into the yurt camps on Thursday, however, accommodation from Thursday to Friday will need to be organised separately. Please contact info@kolfest.com for questions about additional accommodation or transport requests
You can get to the festival site by car, public bus or shared taxi. If you need support with your transport, the festival team would be happy to help. There is a limited number of seats available for sale from Bishkek and Almaty. Please contact info@kolfest.com for more details
If you buy a package (accommodation plus ticket) we will randomly assign yurt camp spots to ticket buyers and notify them two weeks before the festival. If you have any special requirements (eg group stay, children) or questions on accommodation please get in touch with info@kolfest.com.

We are a small and new 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 info@kolfest.com

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

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).

At this point we are not yet sure whether phone charging stations will be available at the festival. To be on the safe side, please bring your own power bank.

Yes, there will be a children’s corner. Please contact info@kolfest.com if you book a package with accommodation and will bring along kids. 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 10. Accommodation for children of any age should be paid as per regular price for each bed booked in a yurt.

Sustainability and local development at Kөl Fest

With an 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 for 2019), we believe that 2019 is the perfect year to launch this project in Kyrgyzstan. As such, the festival aims to achieve three objectives, across the event’s theme, “INTERACTION & DIVERSITY”:

  1. Contribute to sustainable local development on the South Shore of Lake Issyk-Kul
  2. Provide a platform for intercultural exchange
  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 in its first year, 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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