Atlas Electronic

Festival

Festival

Atlas Electronic
Festival
29.08 — 02.09.2019
Step into the unknown,
Where nothing you know is set in stone.

AE19: Moving Forward

Ever since humans as we know them have existed, they have migrated across the globe. This migration started a mere 200,000 years ago from the very continent that nowadays is facing the greatest limitations in its travel capacities: Africa. One can't help but wonder how this has happened, why, and what effects this might have on the continent's cultures. 

When describing cultures, we think of the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society. These cultures are neither static nor constant but rather fluctuate over time changing through each interaction with other cultures and its people. We've seen this in the story of the Romany Gypsies as well as contemporary Western cultures - as people explore beyond their physical and mental borders they bring with them their stories, their music and their arts forever affecting their new environments leaving a lasting mark. 

Although this might sound brilliant, we should not forget that travelling beyond your physical and mental territories is, for many, still a luxury. One that signifies independence and therefore freedom - freedom to move, freedom to speak, freedom to think. 

While we find comfort in the idea of living in a so-called free world, a quick comparison of passports harshly shows us that truly free are those who own one of a First-World country. And that those born in the Third-World, are inclined to remain there. 

However, the extent to which this institutionalized restriction on physical mobility impacts the creative fields - fields renowned for and associated with the freedom of creation, thought and speech - remains unclear. What is this divisive message that’s being spread through denied visa requests, discriminatory border controls and inefficient bureaucracies?  

In our utopian quest for a creative playing field that is levelled out globally, we are going to try and find out exactly how this inequality in mobility shapes our cultural landscape. In the process of this research, we'll explore the many facets of mobility which is not merely limited by the physical aspect but also encompasses the mobility of knowledge and financial mobility. We will take this opportunity to research the very infrastructures that allow for creative knowledge and free-thought to spread and the restrictions sabotaging it.  

How has mobility and its restrictions shaped our cultural landscape? To what extent is this landscape a proper representation of its regions? What role does the internet play in facilitating the mobility of knowledge and therefore the shaping of culture? What can creators, curators, organizers and policymakers do to minimize the social gap within their communities maximizing financial and therefore creative mobility? In the months following up to Atlas Electronic’s fourth edition as well as during its programming in August 2019, we will reflect on these issues raised by people in the field along with existing solutions. 

Program

29.08
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Kamaal Williams — live (UK)

00:00 ➣ 00:00 • Amphitheatre

Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu is spearheading the thriving scene that’s grown out of London’s young, jazz-influenced musical circles. Mingling a variety of the genre's traditions with broken beat, house and garage, the London keyboardist developed a hyperdynamic sound bursting of poly-rhythmic sounds and spheres.

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Jazar Crew (PS)

00:00 ➣ 00:00 • Amphitheatre

The Palestinian Jazar Crew started to throw their own parties against all odds to provide safe spaces for Palestinian youth away from the prying eyes of conservative Palestinians and Israeli authorities. With their club in Haifa named Kabareet, they've shown the world that There Is Life Underground.

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African Music Archive (DE)

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The African Music Archives (AMA) is a uniquely extensive collection of sub-Sahara African music, containing anything music-related from vinyl-records, audio- and video tapes, CD's, DVD's, to newspaper clippings with articles, reports, interviews, reviews and more. The approximately 10.000 sound carriers of which some of them are dating back to the '40s, represent almost any sub-Saharan country.

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GAN GAH (BE)

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Moroccan-born and Brussels-based, GAN GAH tells a story many could relate to. Both in his DJing and his productions, he's found a way of feeding his Agadir roots, Gnawa and Amazigh territories, into modern electronic music, fusing not only sounds but cultures alike.

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Houariyat — live (MA)

00:00 ➣ 00:00 • Amphitheatre

Houariyat or B'net Houariyat - which translates to 'Girls of the Houara' -  is a group of five women who perform traditional music from their native region through singing and dancing. Their story started as one of the women who made music from their homes because they weren't allowed to perform in public spaces. Now, this female group uses their uplifting music to spread a message of empowerment using humoristic approaches to daily scenarios surrounding the lives of women.

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Lina Laraki (MA)

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Multimedia artist and Central Saint Martins graduate Lina Laraki's practice is shaped by a variety of media like image, sound and installations. In her work, she explores emotions and aesthetics related to the cinematographic apparatus by questioning the roles of space, narration and spectatorship. In order to create emotional resistances towards a more tender art, the Moroccan artist plays with movement as both a language and a gesture.

01.09
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Driss Bennis (MA)

19:00 ➣ 20:00 • Main Stage

Noticed by some memorable DJ and live performances, the discreet producer developed through the years a strong passion for creating a sound experience that challenges social and cultural barriers and moves people to explore perspectives beyond the dominant trends. This dedication is translated into the curation of the Moroccan label Casa Voyager.  

    

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Malika (MA)

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OJOO GYAL (MA)

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Olfa Ben Ali (RE FUSE MAGAZINE)

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Olfa Ben Ali is an award-winning Tunisian-French visual artist. Olfa is part of a new generation of creators that is strongly rooted in Western Europe but which historically and emotionally relates to North Africa. Using language, her own experiences and minority discourses as tools, she questions the relationship between contemporary migration issues and colonial history. Her work is intimate and poetic while at the same time political and full of contrasts, guarding a strong sense of humanity throughout.

Re|fuse is an avant-garde magazine with the soul of an artist and the face of a refugee. It hijacks the language of fashion to encourage an honest and passionate exchange mediated by visual art among people who were brought together under extreme circumstances.

Re|fuse is based on an original idea by Olfa Ben Ali, whose roots extend in Europe and Africa, that the continents that are brought together by the Mediterranean Sea. This same sea that on most people's minds is linked to vacation sites has become the silent witness of the crossing of thousands of refugees to Europe.The people who are stripped of their dignity as they are asked to hand over their wet clothes to the boarder police when they reach the Mediterranean shores.

Re|fuse sees in these clothes a flow of inspiration: trends, styles that come out of places like Aleppo, Khabul and Baghdad emerge as a kaleidoscopic image of fragments of stories and images of the people who dare to dream in the face of tragedy.

www.refusemagazine.com

www.olfabenali.com

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RE:BOOT (DE)

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RE:BOOT is a collective of artists, designers, researchers, DJs and promoters from Hamburg,
Frankfurt and Berlin. Their aim is to renew the perception of non-western subculture.
RE:BOOT is in close cooperation with Europe's biggest African Music Archive, called AMA.
In 2016 the AMA started the largest digitizing project of African music in history, with RE:BOOT as their partners. Together with AMA they try to spread the knowledge and music which has been collected. The archive of the AMA ranges from Field Recordings of Traditional Chants from the
1950s to South-African kwaito Records from the 1990s.

As a  DJ act they deliver eclectic DJ sets containing exclusive never-heard records of
the archive in combination with contemporary dance productions which are based on non-western rhythmical influences.

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REALM (MA)

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Tom Simmert (DE)

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Yasmean (MA)

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For this moroccan-born DJ, raised in Casablanca, sharing music has always been a core mission to her identity. Yasmean has this ability to set the mood and translates her energy into record selections, where genres and influences are blended for the common good of her crowd. She has laid-down her energy on several high-profile radio stations such as Rinse FM, Berlin Community Radio and Red Light Radio. She embodies confidence behind the decks and her cutting-edge approach of Djing makes her one of a kind in the moroccan scene. Her style balances between a ferocious appetite for heavy bass, IDM, junglist rollers and splintered techno. She also has a soft side that she highlights throughout ambient music and soothing, healing melodies she likes to call « her therapy ». 

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Kosh (MA)

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After more than 10 years experimenting in the studio, Kosh is one of the few upcoming Moroccan artists to keep an eye on. Born and raised in Casablanca, it’s during his years in the U.S. that his interest in early acid tracks and Detroit electro truly matured. His involvement with the Orlando house and techno scene allowed him to further his passion for the American sound and sharpen his skills behind the decks.

Whether playing Dj sets or performing live, Kosh knows how to subtly jump through different genres. Versatility is in fact often said to be his trademark. His music delicately blends nasty acid basslines, frenetic breaks and electro beats, as well as warm infused pads and fast-paced techno.

After moving back to Casablanca in 2016, Kosh has been actively involved with the label Casa Voyager that he co-founded with his long time friends and music partners
Driss Bennis (aka OCB) and Jonas Bengio (aka Viewtiful Joe).

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Noritsu (MA)

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Noritsu is a moroccan young artist who grew up in France in the mid 90’s.

She has been witnessing all the uproar around the hip hop culture: Graffiti, new rap music icons and the hood rules staged in some historical turnpoints of french hip hop such as Iam, NTM or Les Sages Poètes De La Rue. This all culture has been for her about freestyle.  And she made a motto out of it : «I will freestyle my way out » she answered to her parents when they first asked her what she intended to do with her life. And somehow they could see where she got that from : she has been listening to the synthesizers sound of raï and has been dancing with her sister on Cheb Hasni tracks before she couldn’t even walk.

When you ask Noritsu where she actually is from, she says «I am Berlin-based, obviously» cause as many artists she fell in love with the city, its multiart practices, its freedom spirit and the high inspirational environment of it. She then continues, « where I do come from really I don’t know, or I should say I know but you won’t like the answer : « I’m from everywhere, everywhere I go I found personal and musical families, I am just as much from Rio than I am from Morocco »

Her musical inspirations are just as wide as her thirst for the world. Electronic music, hip hop, funk, soul, bossa nova, italo disco, north african vibes, or the turkish bluenote that is so popular in turkish-german coffees. Her classical influences goes from Gil Scott Heron, Sade, Nina Simone, Freddie hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers to Oum Khalthoum, Warda and Nass El Ghiiwan.

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Noureddine Ezarraf (MA)

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Noureddine Ezarraf is a writer, poet, translator, performer and photographer from the medieval Berber town of Aghmat (Morocco). Ezarraf’s work is an attempt to explore the poetics and the practice of poetry, by questioning oneself on the medium, trying to go beyond the frames which define the contours of this artistic practice.

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Maria Daïf (MA)

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Maria Daïf was born in 1972 in Casablanca. She is graduated in French literature and in psychoanalysis applied to the literature. She started her journalistic career in 1997 by joining the first monthly feminine and feminist magazine of the country. She spent more than 15 years in moroccan media as a journalist and chief editor, specialized in art and culture. Eager for innovative adventures, she began in 2005 to accompagn artistic projects in council and press relations. She was a member for more than 5 years of Young Arab Theater Fund's selection committee as well as of the Art Moves Africa selection committee. Her professional adventures have a common engine : the conviction that the access to art and culture is a human right. From December 2015 to october 2018 she managed the Touria and Abdelaziz Tazi Foundation, a private fund dedicated to support art and culture in Morocco and its space L’Uzine, in Casablanca, Morocco. The two institutions are now considered as some of the most important cultural operators in the country and the MENA region.

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Alexa Kruger (UK)

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Studied Houariyat / how (traditional) female artists are positioned in Morocco.

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Esa (SA)

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Charismatic and energy-filled as a DJ, gifted as a producer, and driven as an educator, Cape Town born Esa Williams, has sculpted his own unique and expansive musical identity. As an ambassador for the South African music scene within the crowded landscape of European nightlife, he draws upon his cultural roots, his global travels, and the people he meets, to embody a sound without limitations.

Esa’s move to UK catalyzed his impressive and evolving musical output. After proving his natural ability behind the decks, Esa joined Scottish legendary DJ’s Harri & Domenic at the Sub-Club, and subsequently produced his own Rememory Music Label.

Esa’s global outlook has continued to expand. He has a strong following throughout Europe, only enhanced by his creative musical direction and releases, and has carved out a niche curating electronic music-focused educational programmes in Cuba, Brazil, East & South Africa. By sharing his skills and inspiring enthusiastic DJ’s and producers around the world, he too furthers his own knowledge.

Esa can be heard weaving together the tales of such meetings, and the resulting musical outcomes, on his monthly slot on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM. Committed to the concept of delivering a musical journey, Esa sparks intrigue in his listeners, asking them to accompany him as he creates something special  both in-studio and on the dance floor.

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VOST (MA)

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Born in Marrakech, VOST lives between Morocco and France, more precisely Marseille. Discovering a love for electronic music through ED Banger records' highly energetic releases, VOST's mindset of rebellion against conformism and obedience has been nurtured in the punk rave scene of Southern France in which he has been active playing and organizing punk rave parties. He mixes the industrial, noisy and desolate electronic beats of his DJ sets in a way that is a statement of rebellion against blind slavery to the system, and most importantly a longing for freedom and raw love for high octane and energetic music.

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Polyswitch (MA)

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Nassim Azarzar (MA)

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Nassim Azarzar’s work approaches philosophical and historical questions through a range of visual forms, media, and social engagement. Focusing on natural patterns and their relationship to the history of Islamic art, similitude in structures and scale, old and new printing practices, and genealogies of aesthetics, his work challenges the paradigm of modern art and of modernity itself to trace the movement of shapes and patterns across contexts, and through time and space. He is as much inspired by natural structures observable in nature, and by Alan Turing’s mathematically modeled approach to natural forms, as he is by the genealogies of shapes and patterns that characterize the history of Islamic art and Moroccan art. Observing the movement of art in new social and cultural spaces, and onto novel surfaces and materials in cities and urban spaces, he builds upon the ideas promulgated by Moroccan artists and intellectuals in 1960’s meant to disentangle colonial history from modern Moroccan art. Moving from the museum to the streets, Azarzar now takes inspiration from new aesthetics that emerge hand-painted on the facades of storefronts, in typographies found adorning large trucks, and as forms of design that shape the everyday visuals of contemporary Morocco. Thinking with the idea of entropy, his work traces the movement of visuals across media, surfaces, and materials in order to inquire into the power of aesthetics and images in the contemporary world.

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Maalem Hassan El Gadiri (MA)

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Louise Chen (FR)

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Half Taiwanese-half french and currently based in Paris, made a name for herself by promoting parties since 2012. Originally starting off as a hip-hop and R&B DJ, Louise has grown up with sampling culture and been a crate-digger for a long time. Her endless quest looking for soul, funk, disco and jazz has led her to build her own sound when playing clubs like Rex and Concrete. In 2018, she released her first track, a rolling tune that reflects Louise's take on Horny House - "Reach" came out on Moxie's On Loop label and Compilation. Today she hosts radio shows on Le Mellotron, Rinse France, The Lot Radio in New York, Radio Nova & DJs alongside acts like Floating Points, MCDE & Bambounou.

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K15 (UK)

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Jayson Wynters (UK)

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Jayson Wynters is a DJ that is able to combine many genres in one set and make it work. Wynters was first known as a garage MC in Birmingham, before rising to prominence in the city’s underground radio and club scene, where he showcased an impressive..It was in 2015 that Wynters began to really stand out from the rest, with a particular techno legend taking notice. None other than Mr G had found himself a protégé and announced he was signing Wynters to his own label Phoenix G. Mr G’s first release of 2016 was Wynters EP 'Unfamiliar Territories', a 4 track record that is hazy, technoid and threads into deep territories. This is also only the second time Phoenix G has released a record that isn’t from the label founder himself. Understandably, it has taken something rather special for this exception to occur. Wynters music exemplifies his perspective, and therefore his collection of life experiences—the ups, the downs, good times and not-so-good times. Using music as an outlet for expression, whether in the form of DJing or having fun on some drum machines and synths, is one of the most defining features to Wynters. He continues to fuel his passion by keeping an eye on the future rather than the past and striving to remain different.

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ISSAM (MA)

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MMMC (MA)

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Tarwa N Tiniri – live (MA)

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TARWA N-TINIRI is a growing group of six highly talented musicians and performers united to show the Amazigh music and culture to the world! Our origin is from Morocco’s Ouarzazate, the city with the nickname “The door of the desert”. Desert Blues genre has an increasing music interest all over the world because of bands like Tinariwen, Bombino, Tamikrest … which are the main musical inspirations for us.

From self-made guitar in 2012, when the band started, to original instruments, the band are now established and have been in many big festivals in Morocco. They first trip abroad was in 2018 to Norway and touring there in Trondheim and Oslo with great experience. 

The origin of our lyrics is written by the band members, and we also compose the music ourselves. Some of the melodies are written by Amazigh poets. We perform our songs in Amazigh language. The lyrics are often about the social conditions of the nomadic people, but also about love, friendship and peace. Our song Taryet, and till now our most seen YouTube music video with over 600K viewers since March 2017.

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ASNA (CI)

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Venue: A welcome home

➣  For the fourth time in a row, Atlas Electronic will be held in its home away from home: the environmentally friendly eco-lodge, Villa Janna. Some of you might know this place like the back of your hand by now. But for those of you who don't, let us walk you through our one-of-a-kind festival site.

Villa Janna is an eco-lodge built just outside the lively city of Marrakech. Situated in La Palmeraie - a palm grove counting over 100,000 palm trees - it is the perfect getaway. An adventurous off-road trail takes you further away from the familiar, leading you to an ancient looking building. Its round features arising from the desert-like plain are characteristics that, once seen, instantly become the landmarks for your navigation. 

The award-winning location is applauded both nationally and internationally for its architecture and durability. In 2016, it won first place for durable tourism in the context of the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) - an annual conference on climate change held by the United Nations. Villa Janna also holds the 2016 Terra award for its contemporary architecture from raw earth. But hold on. This eco-lodge from red clay is Africa's largest of its kind, making it the ultimate location for our intimate festival.

It's four days a year that Villa Janna is transformed into a stunning festival site able of hosting up to 2000 people. Each of its three stages in unique in its own way. From the rooftop stage with panoramic views to the ancient Roman-inspired Amphitheatre and laidback Pool stage, surprises lay around every corner. Take your time to roam the premises and explore the various hidden rooms and areas. Be inspired by the Atlas Art Village, sign up for one of the workshops or join the panel discussions. 

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Single Tickets

One ticket gives you full access to the festival programme. Including elaborate art-programming, talks, workshops and panel discussions. 

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2ND RELEASE FESTIVAL TICKET + OPENING CONCERT | Passe-partout

One ticket gives you full access to the festival day and night programming on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Including an elaborate art-programming, talks, workshops and panel discussions.

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3RD RELEASE FESTIVAL TICKET + OPENING CONCERT | Passe-partout

One ticket gives you full access to the festival day and night programming on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Including an elaborate art-programming, talks, workshops and panel discussions.

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4TH RELEASE FESTIVAL TICKET | Passe-partout

One ticket gives you full access to the festival day and night programming on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Including an elaborate art-programming, talks, workshops and panel discussions.

Note: this ticket is not valid on the Opening Concert on Thursday September 29, 2019.

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EARLY BIRD FESTIVAL TICKET + OPENING CONCERT | Passe-partout

One ticket gives you full access to the festival day and night programming on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Including an elaborate art-programming, talks, workshops and panel discussions.

Group Tickets

Valid for 4 persons | One ticket gives 4 people access to the full festival programme. Including elaborate art-programming, talks, workshops and panel discussions.

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Four Person | Early Bird Group Festival Ticket + Opening Concert

One ticket gives you full access to the festival day and night programming on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Including an elaborate art-programming, talks, workshops and panel discussions.

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Four Person | 2nd Release Group Festival Ticket + Opening Concert

One ticket gives you full access to the festival day and night programming on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Including an elaborate art-programming, talks, workshops and panel discussions.

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Four Person | 3rd Release Group Ticket

One ticket gives you full access to the festival day and night programming on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Including an elaborate art-programming, talks, workshops and panel discussions.

Packages

Your Atlas Electronic Experience package includes festival tickets, opening concert tickets, daily yoga sessions, daily breakfast, one hammam treatment per person, festival pick up and drop off as well as 4 nights in an onsite camp made up of nomad tents with the necessary comforts.
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2 Person Full Atlas Experience | 2nd Release

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4 Person Full Atlas Experience | 2nd Release

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2 Person Full Atlas Experience | Early Bird

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4 Person Full Atlas Experience | Early Bird

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