Stalker Festival

The Stalker Festival 2014 will take place on 5 & 6 December in Kultuurikatel, the Architecture Centre and Kanuti Gildi SAAL. The programme includes electronic music, visual art, the art of the word, performance arts and creative education. Standing on the doorstep of the Stalker Festival zone you must choose – will you perceive or not? Your experience will depend on your answer.

The Stalker Festival is the annual star event of Kultuurikatel, and a meeting point for different fields. This year, theorists and practitioners will step up and bring together the most unexpected concepts, ideas and creations from many different areas at the same time. This approach of targeting all of the senses creates the perfect foundations for the creation and perception of new connections.

In what is Kultuurikatel today, the key scene in the best-known movie ever made in Estonia – Andrei Tarkovski’s “Stalker” – was filmed: in the movie, the gate of the Zone was a doorway into a mystical world, where a person could fulfil their deepest desires. That symbol of a stalker as an adventurous seeker of themselves lives on in Kultuurikatel as the Stalker Festival, where visitors can experience unexpected situations, feel the presence of the new and feel the specialness of the space around them – in a power station of adventurous culture which will be available to the audience in its current form for the last time.

The performance arts programme includes pieces that revolve around breaking down the safe, everyday routine. On 5 & 6 December you can see a performance by the young, angry Spanish group “Animal Religion” called “Indomador“, which uses its wild, strange and soul-touching core to connect dance, circus and music.

On the evening of 6 December you can see Norwegian Frida Odden Brinkmann’s solo performance “1 ½”, which presents tragi-comic scenes of a strange monster doll to the audience. Behind the humorous performances there is the loneliness that a circus artist attempts to poetically reflect using a somewhat helpless character. In her piece, Brinkmann connects acrobatics, juggling and different techniques of puppet theatre.

MIMproject will introduce the Stalker Festival music programme on 5 December, during which music will be sent to the Moon, so it can bounce back from it and return to Earth. “MIMproject & Lunar Sound” includes representatives of different fields such as Taavet Jansen, Maike Lond, Hendrik Kaljujärv, Raul Keller, Andres Tenusaar, Henri Hütt, Andrus Aaslaid, Kalle Tikas, Andrus Laansalu and Viljo Allik.

The festival will continue in the kaleidoscopic hallways of Kultuurikatel, where six local, four extra-terrestrial and two international artists will perform on two stages. The night will have a full moon, seven zones, two stages, three bases, 900 souls and two floors.

The diverse creative education programme starts on 6 December with a workshop by Sally Stuudio entitled “Catching ideas”, where young people from the age of 14 will be invited to find new contexts and opportunities as creators and consumers of culture.

The premiere of the documentary by Finland’s Anna-Karin Grönroos called “Ecopolis China” will inspire viewers to make sense of urban space and its future through utopian ideas.

The internationally renowned photo artist Jonathan Hobin from Canada will introduce his work and talk about the consequences of handling taboo topics in visual culture.

Tõnu Karjatse’s discussion “Things from the past, cities and people” or “Of our own space” will discuss the measurements of space, attitude towards space and setting boundaries in space using music videos as an example.