Rokolectiv’s 5th edition takes off from 22nd to 25th of April at The Ark and MNAC with an exquisite line up of 16 live performances, installations and panels breaking Bucharest’s routine. Needless to say, this year’s festival remains focused on combining electronic music with related arts, bringing a raft of fresh international talents over and revealing new local projects. Whether it’s about deep house, techno, spaced out disco, psychedelic rock or out-pop, the festival remains faithful to its mission of bringing the social life to the core of the stage and providing a high-spirited, light-hearted meeting point for self-determined creative brains.
Friday night is slightly more streamlined towards the dancefloor, with Move D (DE) set to play both a live and a seductive DJ set at The Ark and DJ Sprinkles (JP) called to put his subversive deep-house fingerprint on the night. Swiss trio Sinner DC will round off the evening with their live drumming, real-time sampling, toy organs and slide guitar & bass.
Saturday takes off with Nacho Patrol’s hypnotic trip to the sci-fi Africa born in Legowelt’s mind, and slowly goes back down to the floor with Omar S’s raw and abrasive vibes. Danilo Plessow, the guy behind Motor City Drum Ensemble, will keep you encapsulated in Detroit’s spirit while pointing you out towards the future.
Sunday at MNAC, Ars Electronica award winners Antoine Schmitt and Jean-Jacques Birgé will conduct an ingenious opera performed by the ears, lights and small loudspeakers of 100 very smart rabbits. The UK duo Mount Kimbie are due to change the ambient with their moody bass rumbles and shifted vocals in what may be called a post-Burial 2step performance. Turzi’s five people band will finally start their psychedelic rock assault to heat up the audience for Baltimore’s craziest and most eccentric live performer, Dan Deacon and his pagan dancefloor rituals.
Rokolectiv is as always compiled with the friendly support of the local partners and like-minded festivals from the ICAS network. The Hague’s festival TodaysArt gave a hand this year for showcasing a fresh bunch of Dutch artists. If Legowelt and Nacho Patrol need no introduction, you may want to keep your eyes and ears open for the organic house combo Juju & Jordash and the genre defying live performance of Syncom Data.
And, last but not least, make sure you’ve gained your right to party by first coming by at MNAC on Thursday 22nd for Terre Thaemlitz’s special lecture. An iconoclastic character whose seditious artistic fuck you projects revealing the disarray of creative industries, as well as his ironical outspokenness on social, transgender and queerness issues make him a guy you’d like to meet.