Next year’s Sziget Festival will be all about acceptance of diversity and a life without threats. This is why it has chosen “Love Revolution” as its slogan – it expresses the event’s hope to live in a world with no wars and nuclear threats, no discrimination based on skin color, religion or sexual identity, one that’s sustainable and has a clean environment, and filled with the utmost respect for human rights.
The topic of the festival will be expressed by a number of art installations meant to express the ideas driving next year’s edition, submitted by artists and groups for approval through the Art of Freedom tender. Sziget expects concepts of artists of all kinds – beginners to professionals – to submit works like installations and sculptures, decorations, resting tools, and designs for ticket booths and fence covers, among others, to be submitted until the 15th of February 2018.
Artists will receive festival pass to install, maintain (secure) and dismantle the work. In case it is necessary we will provide the artist with an advance payment on the account of the tender value. In addition, the exact location of the installation will be decided together.
In the meantime, concert industry publication Pollstar has reached out to a number of festival professionals to say a few words about this year’s situation and make a few predictions about the next. Here is what Tamás Kádár, CEO of Sziget Festival, told the magazine: “The main issue for us in 2017 is still the rise of artist fees which is hard to follow with ticket prices. The few real headliners, which are to be considered for an international festival like Sziget, are getting more and more expensive and with this it is a real challenge to keep up the quality of the lineup and satisfy the expectations of the European crowd. However, we feel positive about the upcoming seasons as our brand and location is outstanding on the European festival scene.” Be sure to read the other professionals’ opinions, too, as they provide valuable insights on the state of the modern-day festival industry.