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Kyrgyzstan’s Global Music Festival

26 - 28 June 2020, Issyk-Kul Lake, South Shore, Kyrgyz Republic



RUSSIAN

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.


LINEUP - KӨL FEST 2019

Our 2019 heroes who performed at Kөl Fest

Saltanat Ashirova

Kyrgyzstan
Pop-Rock

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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

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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

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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

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

DJ Dawee

Germany
Reggae, Latin, Afrobeats

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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.

DJ Kubota

Japan
House, Techno

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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.

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.

Frunze Streets

Kyrgyzstan / India
Rock

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

Dj Dina Miller

Tajikistan
NuDisco, Deep House

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The first and only female DJ in Tajikistan. For more than 10 years of her career as a DJ, she was a resident of almost all capital clubs and played in various directions of EDM. She writes her own tracks, experimenting in mixing styles. For the past few years, she has preferred styles such as NuDisco, Tropical House, Deep House, Midtempo, Endietronica and Ethnotronica.

Dzenpunk

Uzbekistan
Electronic, Indie, Power pop

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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.

Taras Piz

Kyrgyzstan
Funk

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

Japanimestan

Japan
Japan Rock

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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.


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.

ATTENTION!
TICKET SALES ON HOLD!


As all of us are watching the situation in the world around the Corona Virus and its impact, we would like to inform you that Kol Fest’s dates are on stand by, but might change. Within the month of March we will be observing and hoping that the situation gets better and we can continue everything as planned.

Our team has been working hard to expand Kol Fest in 2020 and invited even more musicians and artists from all over the world. As last year, program will include most interesting workshops, master-classes and games. We really want you to experience it all once again this year.

Please stay with us and we will keep you updated on the dates.







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 kolfestkg@gmail.com.
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Where to buy tickets off-line?

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 kolfestkg@gmail.com.

What is included in the Kөl Fest ticket price?

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.

How does the ticket package with accommodation work??

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 kolfestkg@gmail.com.

Where Kөl Fest located?

Kөl Fest locatad near Bokonbayevo and Tob 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?

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 kolfestkg@gmail.com for more details.

Where will my yurt camp accommodation be?

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 kolfestkg@gmail.com.

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

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 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).

Will I be able to charge my phone at Kөl Fest?

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.

Can I bring children?

Yes, there will be a children’s corner. Please contact kolfestkg@gmail.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.


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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.

KӨL FEST