“With the capacity that is comparable to its beginnings and emphasis on the club scene, Pohoda is returning to the ground. Clubs are essential for music, creating a year-round background for musicians and local communities. We enjoy creating a different form of Pohoda and playing with space and programme; especially we are very much looking forward to meeting visitors soon at the Trenčín Airport”, says Michal Kaščák from the Pohoda team.
Pohoda mainly managed the main stage with the focus on foreign bands, while the programme, unlike the programmes of clubs, will not change within individual days: post-punk Dry Cleaning, and Wooze from Britain, Georgian band Murman Tsuladze who arrived from the French capital and the Congolese band Fulu Miziki showed how garbage can be turned into a unique artistic statement, energy, and great fun. The festival opened with a unique gala performance by the music-working group of Vrbovskí víťazi and the Chamber Orchestra of the City of Trenčín.
The non-musical program was also strongly present. The visual stage used a similar curating approach to the one applied for music and offered space for realisations to cultural centres: Platform 1-12 Topoľčany, New Synagogue Žilina, Peripheral Centres Dúbravica, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Homeland Studies Museum Galanta and every day a different performance will be presented by Transart Communication – Kassak Centre for Intermedia Creativity “K2IC” from Nové Zámky.
Pohoda on the Ground also welcomed the contemporary circus performed by 13 students of the French circus school Ésacto'Lido. The show, which was directed by Christophe Lafrague. Visitors experienced performances with a mix of juggling, balancing, acrobatics, dance, and pieces on Chinese poles, trapezes and ropes. There was also an interesting literary programme, various sports activities (football, skate park), and discussions.
The festival will also include activities that are not possible during the classic Pohoda festivals: for example, visitors were also able to use roller skates, scooters, and boards. They had at their disposal the entire two-kilometre runway of the Trenčín Airport. Most of the programme took in the area where the main stage is usually located, in uniquely designed areas, while some of the programme took place in the former military radar of the airport. Camping area was in the heart of the festival (around the place where the sunflowers used to be).
CLUBS BY DAYS:
7th July: The opening day of the festival will be directed by the new domestic club Hangár from Trenčín and one of the longest-running cultural spaces in our country, Bombura, from Brezno.
8th July: Thursday will be organised by Fuga from Bratislava and the cultural centre from Liptovský Mikuláš, Diera do sveta.
9th July: On Friday, music patterns will be brought to the airport by people of Stromoradie from Prešov and their peers from 69 from Trnava.
10th July: Saturday's programme will delight rockers with the selection of the Collosseum club from Košice and dance music fans with the programme directed by the WAX club from Bratislava.
11th July: The programme of Pohoda on the Ground will conclude on Sunday with a garden-forestry eco-festival presented by Záhrada from Banská Bystrica and Hájovňa from Žilina.
Photos by Nadja Koščíková