News - MEDIAWAVE Foundation
The festival started at 1993 as a non typical type of summer festival: put together music, theatre performances, films, exhibitions, author´s readings and other events in connections. It is dedicated to Jewish quarter of Boskovice, unique architectonic monument, and from its origin the festival is focused to evoke openness to all kinds of culture which historically met in this region and to build an atmosphere of tolerance and respect.
The dramaturgy of the festival brings to its audience present production from different cultural fields and different countries, with emphasis on the region and cultures, whose coexistence was interrupted by the Second World War and then coming of communist regime.
The festival takes place throughout this charming city: music on two open air stages, in the synagogue and in the orangery, theater performances at the ruins of castle and in the parish garden, projections at the local cinema and open air amphitheatre, exhibitions at the museum... and many other events.
"Following a process of intense evaluation from national experts to an international jury, 761 festivals from 31 countries now belong to the first generation of EFFE Label recipients" announced EFFE on 20 March 2015.
25 Hungarian festivals, among them the MEDIAWAVE Gathering and the ÖRDÖGKATLAN Festival (Mediawave as sub-organiser) are also among the selected ones.
We've been close to fix three avantgarde stars belonging to the Mediawave spirit. They all have performed at the Gathering. William Parker and Hamid Drake led workshops for three years. Brötzman has played the Hungarian "tárogató" for a long time. You can find videos here. Further records in the details.
Our colleague, Péter Dömötör was the cinematographer of the gipsy holocaust film, THE ROAD TO AUSWITZ - 371 STARS directed by Seres Tamás. At least 2/3 of the film was shot during MEDIAWAVE so a great number of "mediawave faces" appear in it. you can watch the film here!
Riesz Ferenc recorded the jazz és improvised music programs, specifically parts of them. You can look into the following concerts: Grencsó István and his friends (HUN/POR) - Ayler: Ghosts, Cactus Truck (USA/HOL), Geröly Trió, Gabriel Ferrandini & Pedro Sousa (POR), Grencsó's Youth Free Band, AMP Trio feat. John Dikeman (USA), Syrius Legacy, Tóth Viktor
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Antal Csilla fotója /Szabadka/
We continued our trip within and outside the walls of the Fort Monostor. This year's thematic, The Walls was present literally as well: a huge wall was being built, separating east and west. We also watched animations and people dancing on the wall.
The Mediawave International Film and Music Gathering belongs to the smaller Hungarian festivals however the familiar mood, colourful programs and the international film and music program offer quality entertainment facility to the vistors. Thursday diary.
FRÉDÉRIC DOAZAN (FRA) - director of the animation Supervenus
"Mediawave took place in an amazing and unique location where you will get lost into labyrinthic corridor. The festival is in constant activity with music, screening, exhibitions, food and folklore. You'll meet awesome people there (musicians, filmmakers, audience, and the whole organization team) It was kind of a change of scenery for Vandy and I, and it was definitely worth it! Go there, you can't be disappointed."
KRITJAN HOLM (EST) - director of the animation Worst Case Scenario
"Well, Mediawave! First, it was the first time to be there, had no idea what to expect. Most of the time went by in deeply positive confusion and once you finally realized what is going on, it was suddenly over. There will just be friendly people, crazy music, cricket’s stridulation, morning sandwiches, colored walls, talking drums and many other strong feelings hovering in your memories. Feelings those get stronger after every moment.
Secondly, it’s hard to find better location than this old fort for this kind of mixture. Hard to get in, impossible to get out! Last, but not least, I can't continue, otherwise I will get too melancholic that it‘s over for this time..."
BENIAMINO SAIBENE (ITA) - president and founder Milano Film Festival, the member of Jury
"I waited to write to you because i wanted to see how long the "mediawave effect" would last… and it is still going on, i'm still there!!! i still have the festival in my mind, in my blood, in my soul and will have it for ever in my heart; Gyuri, Violetta: it was fantastic, i felt so good with you there, all the people i had the chance to meet were wonderful, all the films, the concerts i had the chance to join are to remember, some count between the best i've ever joined in my life. Also the food, the wine and the palinka were very good, only the pasta perhaps could have been better… I'd like to find out how to collaborate together in the future, love you all!"
MONIEK DE LEEUW (HOL) - Balcony Players Band (BEL/HOL/SWE/USA) + workshop with Csángálló Band (HUN)
"It was such a beautiful location, and so wonderful to meet so many great musicians and dancers! It felt so good to work together at the danube river to make a show together with the Changallo band from Budapest! Also I got to jam in and around the beautiful castle with so many musicians from all around the world, that made me so happy! Also there were so many good shows to go to.. and the vibe was so positive and all about sharing.. It made me so happy to be part of this amazing festival!"
RAPHAEL WRESSNIG(AUT) - Raphael Wressnig and the Soul Gift Band (AUT/ITA)
"Mediawave offers a nice and diverse set of different forms of art featuring different styles. It takes place at a great location and the audience was very receptive. So for us it was a lot of pleasure to perform at this setting. People and the crew were really helpful and supernice; Hopefully see you again soon Mediawave!! Love, peace and hairgrease!"
TOBIAS KLEIN (GER) - Spinifex Bollycore (HOL/GER/POR/POL/BEL/IND)
"Mediawave is in many respects a unique event. I wish there were more festivals like it: this is how things are supposed to be. The way that different art forms --- film, photography, music --- are very naturally integrated is very refreshing. I also like the way different music genres (world, jazz, improv, pop) are placed next to each other. You can tell that the people behind Mediawave have been pouring their passion and dedication into this event for quite some time --- with amazing results!"
CARMEN CANGIANO (ITA) - CarmenSita & The Ramadogs (ITA)
"Both as musicians and guests of your festival, we've had a beautiful experience! The location was amazing and very well organized and set up. The artists' level too was very high and we've met Incredible musicians and got a lot of inspiration from our workshop. A new song was born on the place and we've decided to add it to our new disco! As for the rest, it's one of the best festivals we've been invited to! Great Job and congratulations to all!!
We are happy to inform all those who are unable to get rid of the MEDIAWAVE Gathering feeling that an enormous number of photos has been collected in our archive. We also picked some videos from youtube. Worth to check the photo series in hope of finding some nice meories.
We, organisers, are amazed to see a new GATHERING evolving from the photos and videos...
We have just started to edit the 100 hours long documentation shot by the festival crews which we also intend to post.
If you also have some MEDIAWAVE photos, please, send them to this e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We recommend this photo selection for the 'gourmets'.
The young artists in the film workshop also made a nice festival trailer from the impressions they got during the Gathering.
Photo: Péter Nyikos