10th birthday of the Ars Independent will be held online!

The Ars Independent multimedia festival has been hosted in Katowice for 10 years now! The upcoming edition will be subversive, because it will happen online (from September 24 to 26, 2020)!

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected thousands of events around the world, including Ars Independent 2020. Most events have been canceled and are thinking of returning at the earliest in next year. Some, however, try with a different approach – going online.

Uncertainty as to the possibility of holding a festival in Katowice also prompted the organizers of Ars Independent to decide to be held online only. Unfortunately, most of the festival events planned (and already covered) for this year were not suitable for this new format. As a result, this year’s program had to be invented from scratch a few months before the event.

This year, the organizers are preparing many, often surprising, changes in the formula and scale of Ars Independent. The Black Horse competitions of films, animations, music videos, and video games? We won’t see them this time! The festival will also last shorter, only 3 days – from 24 to 26 September – and will have an experimental character. What’s important: all events will be admission free!

#YouArsIndependent – this is the Ars Independent 2020 slogan. Over the past decade, the festival has established itself as one of the most original and bold events in Poland. Every year, he tries to present the landscape of contemporary audiovisual culture in all its diversity. Ars Independent is also a brand that is not afraid to break conventions, including the ones it has established before.

– 10 years. A whole decade of festivating. It’s enough time to earn some rest, right? The holiday time for the Black Horse has finally arrived! Meanwhile, when he is not there, we thought that we would give him a surprise birthday party. And you will help us with this, it’s your festival after all. That’s what #YouArsIndependent means! – explains Gosia Szarada, graphic artist and author of the festival’s visual identity.

The organizers of the event are the cultural institution Katowice City of Gardens and the City of Katowice.