Completition: Apr 2014
Like last year, Filip Visnjic and his team summoned up numerous of inspirational talents to give talks, run workshops and debate their views and ideas during podium discussions. Once again it was an extraordinary selection of specialists which is hard to find anywhere else in the world in such a high density and quality.
For those of you who don’t know about Resonate yet, it’s a 3-day art and technology event hosted in the idyllic south-east-european city of Belgrade, Serbia. The experience starts off with free workshops and screenings of digital art projects on the first day. The following days focus on talks and panels. During the entire time of the event, and in some cases also before and afterwards (exhibitions), artists get the chance to showcase and spectators the opportunity to explore their work.
For the night programme they brought together an interesting selection of national and international musicians to provide a relaxed atmosphere, which again was ideal for getting to know new people and finding potential collaborators for future projects.
One characteristic which is unique for Resonate are the seemingly non-existing hierarchies between those who present and those who consume. Most of the speakers and workshop leaders were then later on found amongst the audience during talks and next to you during the night events. This equality is one of the features I value the most about the festival!
All in all, it’s a heavy package filled with invaluable inspiration.
In contrast to last year, in 2014 everything was spread across multiple locations throughout the city. This had its advantages and disadvantages. The drawback was that it required a well planned schedule for the day in order not to miss an event you were interested in. The good thing about this division, however, is that you didn’t only get to see more of the city itself. But also because the people were scattered across different venues the atmosphere was more relaxed and there was more space to breath. Since the locations were larger, not as many people had to stand during the talks which made listening to them more enjoyable.
THE END · BRAIN FULL, FUEL EMPTY
And then it was over. 3 ½ days and nights filled with inspiration, innovation, networking conversation, and food, loads of food. People from all around the world came together and shared their ideas. Only from the people I’ve met (excluding me) we covered over 10 countries: UK, Germany, Spain, US, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Japan, and, of course, Serbia. We all met again for one last immoderate supper to then celebrate the festival good-bye amongst the local Serbians in the dodgiest location with electronic beats, drug dealing in the male lavatories, sex in the ladies’ (compared to which portaloos are luxurious), plenty of cheap watered-down alcohol, and a glowing fish. We had a blast!
Good and plenty of food, lovely, hospitable people, high-quality talks and workshops, relaxed networking events with diverse music, art, technology, and culture all sum up Resonate, so I don’t see why we wouldn’t come again next year.
Thank you Filip, Maria, Edu and the rest of the team!