We’ve got an email from the organizers of the Stihia music festival that takes place in Navoi Salt Marsh, Uzbekistan. We are extremely happy that our news and articles about music reached so far and with the excellent line-up, we have to publish the news.
The groundbreaking Stihia Festival is back for 2023 with a lineup of more than 40 high-profile artists (including Abadir, Sote, Howie Lee, The Wire Soundsystem, Waclaw Zimpel, Voiski) from Uzbekistan and abroad. The name means “force of nature” and it comes from ancient Greek. The festival was conceived in 2017 to raise awareness of the environmental catastrophe of the Aral Sea, and to help the surrounding region. It has grown to become the biggest and best-known electronic music festival in Central Asia.
In 2023 the organisers decided to relocate the venue to a huge wasteland close to ancient Bukhara with the objective of boosting tourism in other parts of the country and testing new territories. The new place is a giant canvas of 10 square kilometers of perfectly flat, table-like surface. It serves as a field for the limitless amplifier of creative expression, by the sheer contrast of its absolute emptiness.
The festival is held on a salt marsh in Navoi region, close to Bukhara. Link to the location on Google Maps.
Full Line-Up of Stihia 2023:
Abadir (Egypt) / Howie Lee (China) / Edige (Kazakhstan)
Josef Tumari (Uzbekistan) / Wacław Zimpel (Poland) / Aisha Devi (Sweden)
Sote (Iran) / Meros (Uzbekistan) / Ishome (Russia)
Salome (Georgia/Germany) / Xyarim (Uzbekistan) / Loud373 (Uzbekistan)
Voiski (France) / The Wire Soundsystem (UK) / Acell (Kazakhstan)
QARAQOOM (Uzbekistan) / SHXCXCHCXSH (Sweden) / SAO (Kyrgyzstan)
E.V.E. (Uzbekistan) / Shadowax (Russia) / Toir Asqar & Alen Ismailov (Uzbekistan)
SO (Japan) / Kebato (Uzbekistan) / IANIIIRON (Uzbekistan)
Merlin Ettore (Germany) / Sorcery (Germany) / Maria Breslavets (Uzbekistan)
Densk (Uzbekistan) / Jazzadrass (Uzbekistan) / SSTROM (Sweden)
Mcloud (Uzbekistan) / X.Y.R. (Russia) / Miasm (Uzbekistan)
Varkal (Uzbekistan) / Yõldosh (Uzbekistan) / Alina Zhalikova (Turkmenistan)
Andrey Morozov (Serbia) / Bajjo (Uzbekistan) / DJ Soft (Uzbekistan)
Minor Unit b2b FO2YOU (Uzbekistan) / Sova (Uzbekistan) / Nikina (Uzbekistan)
Rem Aka (Uzbekistan) / Island (Uzbekistan) / T-Shunk (Uzbekistan)
Sha Gen (Uzbekistan) / BLOT (India) / Eyal Talmor (Germany)
[ More information on Stihia festival Instagram ]