No other festival of the Psytrance scene has remained so consistent in name and spirit as:

ANTARIS PROJECT

This, by now, monumental cult festival will celebrate it´s 22nd birthday on 15th to 18th July 2016. Let´s come together to make this fabulous four-day festival remain true to its tradition.

Antaris Project Logo

Antaris Project Erster-Flyer-1993

Antaris first Flyer from 1993

“LAUGH & DANCE – It´s for your eyes, your ears and your heart!”
The very first ANTARIS Project began nearly 25 wonderful years ago. Inspired by the fabulous and free parties of the early 90s in Goa, the idea was imported to Germany with discipline and dedication by organiser Uwe Siebert. On 28th August 1993, the very first ANTARIS was held in a circus tent in Rüdersdorf, near Berlin. Magical memories, and a freezing cold night helped to christen this phenomenal festival for those first curious party people.
In 1996 ANTARIS moved on to Tarmow for a second round. It was here where ANTARIS developed into a full, fat festival with an increasingly International audience. Since 2005 ANTARIS has been held on the Otto Lilienthal Airfield in Stölln, a perfect location for many thousand visitors.
Set in the wonderful nature of Havelland, surrounded by forest but with almost-English lawns for dancing feet, and yet only an hours drive from Berlin. This historical space at Gollenberg is even more significant as it was here, where the visionary Otto Lilienthal made the first flight experiments of mankind.

Antaris Project

In addition to the superb location there are three things that ANTARIS Project does so well:

For your eyes!

Antaris Project Tokow 2015

The trademark is always a magnificent blacklight show, which keeps getting better. The fabulous night-time visuals were provided by the futuristic decoration from artist Avikal (1997 to 2001) followed by Ananto, aka Infin.E.T., with his spaced-out-string-art (2002 to 2009). From 2010 to 2014, the Sterngucker crew were in charge of twinkling up the ANTARIS-STARSHIP. In 2015, Buju and Psy-Pix sent the party people into space with their beautiful, creatively-colourful deco. This year the magic on the Main Floor will be performed by the Vision Scientists – Buju, Psy-Pix and PsyFi Deko. Avikal will bring his fascinatingly futuristic cybernetic sculptures to the festival and Ihti Anderson will make the Alternative Floor appear in a perfect psychedelic optic – it´s for your eyes!

For your ears!

Naturally, it´s also the legendary line-up of high-quality sounds, brought together by Goa Jonas and Uwe , which makes the ANTARIS Project a major highlight of the global festival summer. The spectrum of music is more diverse than ever and ranges from Psytrance, Progressive, Fullon, Hightech to Forest, but also includes Techno with a little Electro and Ambient here and there. Finally, Chris Zippel, provides fantastical feel-good music for the Chillout Area – it´s for your ears!

For your heart!

ANT-ARIS also has an important meaning: AGAINST WAR!

Antaris Project Uwe

Uwe Siebert

Not only because of the name, which is the opposite to the God of War. When thousands of people from all over the globe come and party together so peacefully and often – then that is quite a statement.
Uwe: “War is unimaginably cruel. It brings misery and despair, evil and suffering, misery and death! We have to find an end to the wars that are raging as quickly as possible! Where there is peace, it must be protected and preserved! So ANTARIS stands not only for good music and fun, but also for Friendship, Peace and Freedom!” – it´s for your heart!

And that the eyes, ears and heart can work together one more thing is very important – a reliable Supercrew! In addition to Captain Uwe, there are a few people who have been with ANTARIS from the first moment and each succeeding year. A team has grown together, through thick and thin. And thanks to all local authorities whose help is phenomenal, the party gets better each year.

Antaris Project der Film

A special addition since 2010 has been The Spiritual Circle, a lovingly designed space from Lynne and Peter, where party people can wind down and re-fuel with yoga, meditation, massage, and a variety of workshops. Excellent pictures, scenes and interviews of the whole history of the festival are shown on the DVD “ANTARIS – Der Film, Otto Lilienthals Traum”. The second part is under way and will be ready for the 23rd ANTARIS.

Pre-sale tickets and information can be found at www.antaris-project.de
Text by Julia Werner

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