We’ve told you to tear yourself out of the everyday, we’ve told you that everyone has more than one side. We’ve talked about migration and corruption while partying to the coolest Hungarian and international bands and DJs. In 2018, Bánkitó will become ‘28. On our 10th anniversary, we jump 10 years back into the future to try and find out what it hides for us and how can we get there anyway. How do we get from tomorrow to the day after tomorrow, and from there to next year? And how can we color our picture of the future, to have something more than the last-eight-years and the what’s-gonna-happen?
Progressive, contemporary, constantly renewing. These are the words we could use to describe the philosophy behind Bánkitó’s yearly music lineup. The formula remains unchanged but with the addition of international bands, the festival’s programme is better than ever. Our goal is to bring together neighbouring artists and showcase the freshest and most exciting bands of the European music scene. At Bánkitó this year, you can listen to others’ next year favourites.
The civil/cultural programmes at Bánkitó always poke at an important, actual and sometimes risky topic. Like in the past years, we will work towards understanding issues of world and society together with activists from NGOs, musicians, actors and artists. This year, our topic is ‘28 and the future it’s going to bring for us. Which will rule our lives, solar-paneled mobile homes or robotic duck overlords? And which do we have to fight against? How much more modern can modern art get? And most importantly, how will these affect our society?
As an independent theatre showcase festival, Bánkitó wants to present those contemporary Hungarian theatre pieces that tell us something about ourselves, the people around us and our society as a whole. Those pieces that everyone has to see, whose effects will linger on with the audience long after their end. Last year, the theatre tent had great success running full house throughout the festival. Hopefully, this year will be no different.
A contemporary art exhibition on 80,000 square meters of land. It’s hard to create a space where artists, their art, the message and the audience exist together at the same place, at the same time, with thousands of people. Bánkitó is such a space. Hungary’s most exciting contemporary artists will transform the shores of Lake Bánk into an art exhibition once again.
Bánkitó is not just entertainment. We look at our festival as a social enterprise that is capable of bringing attention to unduly neglected topics and raising awareness in the public’s consciousness. We provide appearance to a number of NGOs so that thousands of people can get to know causes to stand behind as conscious citizens.
As a nonprofit festival, you don’t have to worry about a flickering neonforest of brand logos at Bánkitó this year either. We choose our sponsors based on common goals and values, in a way that they actively contribute to the festival’s programmes, be it with their own ideas or by helping others realize theirs. The goal is to find supporters for our common goal so that the cost of the festival is not financed only through ticket prices.
Bánk is a tiny village in Nógrád County with its not-so-tiny Lake Bánk in the middle. It has everything a tiny village built around a lake could need: a small store, a tobacco shop, a pizza place, a pub, some hotels, motels and a lakeshore eatery. Plus the extremely friendly locals. Bánkitó Festival has been in town for 10 years, mostly around the Lakeshore and the Camp, though throughout the years, we ventured out to settle around the Reeds and the Meadow. Besides the lake, the small wooden cabins and the venues hiding around small clearings throughout the enclosing forest make Bánkitó the festival it is.