The Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF) presents FutuRetro, a celebratory 18th edition and a five-day gathering in the heart of Athens at the historical landmark of Kotzia Square.
From the 25th – 29th of May, the building complex of former notoshome and Kotzia Square will be revived to host an innovative exciting program with works from 12 categories: Video Art, Animation, Interactive Installations, Virtual and Augmented reality (VR/AR), Games, Digital Image, Web Art, Live Performances, Workshops, Talks and ADAF KIDS, a mini digital arts festival dedicated to children. This year ADAF is especially excited to present a curated program for the ADAF MUSIC category.
The theme, FutuRetro, focuses on science fiction, retrofuturism and futurology and aims to present the technological milestones of today through the eyes of the past and as a foreshadowing means for the future. Marking its third year as a Hybrid Festival, the online edition of the festival, ADAF ONLINE, will be launched in the fall of 2022 as an extension to the physical edition and in an effort to make the festival and its works accessible to a truly limitless, global audience.
With the selection process in its final stage, ADAF’s international open call has yet again received an overwhelming number of submissions, 5,700 works from artists, scientists, intellectuals, and technologists from around the world. Parallel to the open call, the Festival continues to expand its network by cultivating bridges with local and international festivals, universities and institutions to exchange knowledge, art and to showcase global trends in digital arts.
The Athens Digital Arts Festival traditionally takes place during spring in the Historic Center of Athens, each time activating and reinventing city landmarks and spaces, engaging the local community and creating new paths where one can explore and experience the city in a new and unique way. This year, ADAF selects the city landmark of Kotzia Square and the notoshome building complex to host its exciting program.
The main exhibition will take place in an impressive building complex, of over 12,000 m2 on Kotzia Square, where notoshome department store was housed from 2003 until its relocation in 2018 in the notos beauty & fashion department store (6th & 7th floor, Stadiou & Aiolou Str). To celebrate the 18th Athens Digital Arts Festival and as an invitation to its customers and pedestrians, the notos department store will feature an impressive interactive installation in one of its windows.
Call for volunteers (deadline May 7) and program: 2022.adaf.gr