An island of positive deviation. A small playground for big kids. A two-day battle with summer boredom. Flaam.
Founded in 2014 by a group of best friends, curious art fans, avid festival goers, it has grown into one of the most interesting and unique international summer festivals in Slovakia, which is completely (but utterly) different from all the others. At least we think so. Why?
Flaam is unique because of its intimate atmosphere (the capacity is limited to 1200 visitors and all the stages are as close to the people in front of them as possible), playful approach (which other festival offers its visitors a 3 hour hike to a nearby mountain after partying all night?) and a courage to present fresh and audacious art. You name it – music, theatre, film, design, food, coffee, table tennis – anything people get passionate about could be a part of Flaam. Except reggae. Unless it’s played by an Icelandic dreadhead techno producer on didgeridoo, we promise that no reggae will be played at Flaam. EVER.
Been there, played that
Iglooghost (UK) / Low Roar (US) / Ätna (DE) / Seward (ES) / Mind Enterprises (IT) / Katarzia & Pjoni / Fenster (DE) / Kris Baha (AUS) / Bert & Friends (CZ) / Ora The Molecule (INTL) / Billy Barman / Korben Dallas / Hańba! (PL) / BANFI (UK) / Coals (PL) / Ventolin (CZ) / HRTL (CZ) / Chiki Liki Tu-a / Fallgrapp / Mucha (CZ) / Bad Karma Boy / FVLCRVM / LUVVER / Isama Zing Bulp / Katarína Máliková / nvmeri / 52 Hertz Whale / Market (CZ) / 1flfsoap (CZ) / DJ Vec / From Another Mother (RO) / Karpov not Kasparov (RO) / Lor (PL) / The High Corporation (CZ) / Raptor Koch / Subtension / Fresh Out Of The Bus / Dis Is Markēta / Jimmy Pé / Ghost of You (CZ) / Fleika (CZ) / From Our Hands / Lavagance / Oliver Torr & David Herzig (CZ) / Walter Schnitzelsson / Eva Porating / ManMachine (HR) / Vrbovskí Víťazi / MALALATA / Frequency / Džumelec / Says / Yanko Král / Facheroia (UA) / Trance Kafka (CZ) / Claudia (ESP) / Imre Kiss (HU) / Tasya (RU) / Exhausted Modern (CZ) / NCOL (CZ) / Inkwall / Ariana (CZ) / Martin Kukučka / Martina Javor / RIAVA / Bobsan / DJ Rafo / Matwe / Purist DJs / Dornkappel / Tomáš Gregor Band / Still Sparkling / Papermoon Trio / Boyees / The Rabbeats / Computerboy / Abusus / Bilčo / Párovské Hlavy / Italo Mario Italo / Dedinský rozhlas DJs
Flaam is great! Told you so!
„I don’t like festivals. I work in the music industry so the last thing I want to do is watch bands for fun. Flaam didn’t change my mind about all that, but it did change my mind about festivals called Flaam and watching bands at Flaam. It’s tiny, so the bar is never far away, and a smaller crowd means a smaller chance of meeting assholes, and indeed everyone at Flaam seemed to be almost supernaturally friendly. The production was really good, the food and drink excellent and the weather was perfect. Hell, I even enjoyed the music. It ran until the early hours in the morning, by which time I was curled up in bed, pretty drunk, stomach full, and very, very happy."
Andy Inglis – Scottish music manager (Savages, SOHN, Novo Amor) and agency head
„After two days of gigs, theatre, lectures and cycling exploring Nitra – one can hardly help thinking about what they have experienced and become convinced that smaller festivals like Flaam make a huge sense not only in terms of building up the local music infrastructure, but also as a motivation to discover the place and the city in which they take place. Well done, Flaam!”
„I can hardly recall an event where practically everything was finely detailed with such precision.”
“The singer's sweat hit my eyes. I love it here.”
enthusiastic visitor after one of the gigs
„What do I consider the cultural event of the year? Flaam festival in Nitra, which is organised by very clever Nitrians and they bring original ideas, also when it comes to curating and lighting the steamparks. Their organisation, ideas, visuals and the overall atmosphere and vibe of the festival are on an international level”
Katarzia, singer and producer for Denník N
“I lost a friend there, but I found her right away. Small festivals ftw!”
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