Now in its 7th year, the Kolla Festival continues to be organised by students and young professionals with the aim of gathering different-minded people to come together and have fun in an eco-friendly environment. The festival is committed to using only local, fair-trade and organic products where possible and hopes to raise awareness of the environmental effects of mass consumption and to promote peaceful co-existence.
Antropical is a multidisciplinary practical research residency within a festival setting, merging the performing arts with theory, design, education, and any other discipline interested in partaking in the debate on the relation between art and festival culture. The concept of Antropical is that the research practice is on-going. The theme of every year is a natural response to the past themes and issues that have arisen. They seek to evolve their core belief that art should be accessible within a festival setting and that culture is created collectively, and the organizers look forward to expanding on this with new artists, art practices and theoreticians every year.
The residencies aim to perpetuate an evolving course of research through reflection on experimentation, accepting the element of chance in development / being able to ‘play’ with other people. In that sense, the Kolla Festival exits as a location wherein Antropical participants conduct fieldwork that explores how to engage with festival goers through their artistic practices. The program during the 3 weeks of residency consists of organised excursions, debates, collaborative work and autonomous work.
They expect the artists to engage in a practical research / field research intending to find answers on the question 'how to integrate the festival public in the arts and how to integrate the art in a festival'. The organizers expect the artists to find their own responses to the festival culture and to integrate themselves into the Kolla Festival. This can be a performance, an interactive installation, a workshop, a game, a publication etc.
This year they also give the possibility to the participants to expand their project into a long term project within the project of 2020 to create an artistic playground.
It is an open-air residency: the organizers provide a scouts camp tent with mattresses:
They ask the artists to bring their own tent and sleeping bag if possible.
It is an open air residency, the studio is the natural reserve. Some areas are paved and can be used for dancing or performing.There will be tents for indoor work.
A dry place for storage is always available.
Improvisation is key: material is scrap and random but provided. The working area will transform into a festival.The area is provided with electricity and with all main tools for working (paper, wood, paintbrushes, drill, saw, screwdrivers, sewing machine, A3 printer, laminating machine etc.). They will try to organise all tools according to the disciplines of the participants. Sharing is caring, so bring your own tools and material if you have special needs.
The residency will take place in a natural reserve / forest on the border of Luxembourg and Belgium. This natural reserve has a long history of iron and stone mining which had engraved harsh scars in the natural landscapes. Only after the exhaustion of the mines, the nature could slowly grow back. It is due to the reforestation project started in 1996, that today one can enjoy the beautiful nature. The long train tracks like scars through the forest can still be seen. It is close to the main facilities and has some areas are paved and wheelchair accessible.