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Athens Digital Arts Festival

Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF) (Greek: Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Ψηφιακών Τεχνών της Ελλάδας) is an international festival, that takes place every May in Athens, Greece.

The festival was established in 2005, under the title Athens Video Art Festival, as an initiation of the non-profit organization Multitrab Productions to create a platform for video art, installations and live performances. Since then, it has added interactive installations, web art, workshops, animation and digital images. In January 2015, the festival changed its name into Athens Digital Arts Festival.

Through its multidisciplinary program, ADAF offers a wide range of exhibitions, screenings, live performances and workshops.


The first edition of the International Festival of Digital Arts took place in April 2005 at the cultural space Thira Texnis, in Athens. The festival received 180 artworks submissions and hosted 137 of them.

From 2007 to 2011, the main venue of the festival was the cultural space Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens, with 1,544 artworks hosted from 8,200 submitted. Through these years the festival presented artworks in the main categories of video art, installations and live performances, and in new ones such as web art, animation and digital image, introduced since 2009. It has also collaborated with other festivals, such as Transmediale (DE), Cologne OFF (DE), LPM (IT), videoholica (BG), IN-EDIT (ES), onedotzero (UK), and art:screen (SE).

In 2012 and 2013 the festival moved its activities to the center of Athens, with the titles “Visualize Athens” (2012) and “Living Athens” (2013). This initiative was supported by a number of volunteers, Greek Municipalities and international festivals and artists.

In 2014, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, it decided to return to the cultural space “Technopolis” of Municipality of Athens. Some of the highlights were the live performances "Abandoned cities" by Hauschka and "Late Speculation" by Nonotak, as well as the installation “80 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes” by Zimoun.

In 2015, the festival changed its name to Athens Digital Arts Festival, with eight official categories: installations, web art, video art, animation, performances, digital image, workshops and music and introduced for the first time a specific theme,“Public Space_s”., ADAF 2015 took place in the center of Athens with its main venue at Diplarios School and two main squares of Athens for parallel activities. The festival hosted the works of 150 artists from Greece and abroad, on the theme of public space both in the digital and urban environments. Some of the artists and international festivals participated in this year’s festival were Karl Heinz Heron (DE), Julian Oliver (NZ), missdata & Israeli Pirates (IL), Martin Bricelj Baraga (SI), Martin Reiche (DE), MADATAC (ES), IMPAKT (NL), VIDEONALE (DE), Cologne OFF (DE), videoholica (BG), and artvideoKOELN] (DE).

ADAF has maintained active partnerships with local and international artists and audience, institutions, art foundations, schools, universities, galleries and museums and a number of 46 collaborating festivals. Athens Digital Arts Festival is also partner of AVnode, an international network of artists and professionals organizing festivals and/or working in the fields of audiovisual live performances.


Athens Digital Arts Festival Wikipedia

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