Archive: past editions
The first event under the name Sofia Underground was realized in May 1997 in the underground locations of the National Palace of Culture (in Sofia, Bulgaria) – consisting of a programme based on presenting mainly politically engaged performance art pieces. Till 2000 are realized four more festival events under the same name. In these early events the participants are actually all the artists activists, who represent the so called second non-conceptual generation, and also some of the veterans of the time when contemporary art in Bulgaria was born. Among them are RASSIM, Kosio Minchev, Dan Tenev, Boris Serginov and Gabriela Serginova, Sasho Stoicov, Boryana Rossa,Tsvetan Krastev, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova,Daniela Kostova, Maran Gozov (Tsvetan Marangozov), Svilen Stefanov, Dimitar Grozdanov,Iliyan Lalev, Dimitar Yaranov…. Also experimental musicians like the Limbourg Brothers, OM, Bobo, Tosho and Tabakov… Writers, such as Yordan Efremov, Bobi Rokanov, Lacho Lozanov and so on.
In the 2001- 2003 period the festival Sofia Underground goes on with another concept, concerning its format – being realized outside, at open public spaces within the urban environment: streets, squares, subways, etc. During these events some large-scale and technically complicated art actions were conducted by artists like Ventsilav Kostov, Dimiter G. Dimitrov, Bogdan Alexandrov, experimental poets and others.
After a time break of some years, when the event was not realized, Sofia Underground festival was back in 2007 with the edition Remember Sofia Underground. It was followed by: 2008 – ALONE / Individual rituals, gestures and images in the mass communication era; 2009 – Emergency Crisis Edition; 2012 – Justified Actions / In Memory of Ruen Ruenov; 2013 – Occupy Yourself – gesamtkunstwerk; 2014 – Unusual Evidences, 2015 – MACHINES. All these events are curated by Ruen Ruenov and the crew of Studo DAUHAUS (Yovo Panchev and Ivo Ivanov). Since 2014 the festival is realized through the collaborative work of Studio DAUHAUS and eXAF.org.
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