Psy-High is a DIY art-and-culture festival of everything psychedelic and mystical, weird and magickal, happening right now all over the planet which takes place 22nd-24th August 2014 in the picturesque quarry at St. Joseph near Hořice in east Bohemia, Czech Republic.
Everything is done with their own hands, without profit on their minds and without any sponsors other than the increasing number of people who give Psy-High their energy.
For them, Psy-High is the art of supporting art – defined and refined by the participation of many artists and builders, who work at the chosen location tirelessly for days before the festival itself can happen.
They will celebrate nature and self-expression through seminars, workshops, community and especially some great fucking gigs by more than twenty bands (psych, stoner, sludge, noise-rock and doom) accompanied by a taste of conceptually-alligned electronic and instrumental projects from other genres, the so-far confirmed artists include:
Permon Balet Superstar
Enten og Eller
The Hops Party
L00k + live percussion
DJ + live percussion
DJ MindGroove + support
Tickets for this amazing festival are just 16 Euros, are are available from the Psy-High website at www.psy-high.eu/#tickets, a Facebook Event has been set up HERE and read on for more background info as well as view a trailer video about the ethos and ideologies behind this spiritual weekend.
A mystical way of doing this and that…
Psy-High is a ritual that combines all the people, ideas, places and arts into a breathing entity surpassing the limitations of flesh and perception. Everything is done with their own hands, without profit on their minds and without any sponsors other than the increasing number of people who give Psy-High their energy. Sigils have been cast, glyphs engraved, seals put in place, wards built. Their thoughts and their actions make this happen and they want you to experience it with them. For uthems, Psy-High is “the art of supporting art“, all steps in the organization and the whole community being tweaked and transmuted again and again in order to make it all run as smooth as possible, because the journey is the experience itself. The boundaries between organizer and performer and guest are blurred — and they like it that way.
A dose of partnership culture and the drug of making things happen…
Psy-High is a manifestation of the Partnership Culture concept, as opposed to the Dominator Culture. They want everybody to experience what an event like this can taste like and to take their memories and feelings back home, as seeds of an ever-expanding Indra’s net of understanding, creativity, vitality and love. When your talents and capabilities are pooled together with others in mutual respect and cooperation, something just switches in your mind. That’s Psy-High, the substance of what this is all about – a place where artful expressions of joy, awe, melancholy, rage, inspiration and all others are seen as important parts of the human being in all its complexity and capacity. That’s why we’re doing this.
Growth and the Method…
It’s a small gathering, modest and focused. Fortunately, there are sure ways of finding the right people and the right paths. Today, there are dozens of individuals seeing Psy-High as a way to realize their idea of what an event like this can become. They have managed to get in touch with seasoned veterans of event management as well as inspired young talent, designers, builders, speakers, administrators… The Method is simple: “If you like what they’re doing so much that you’re willing to do it, even though it’s so hard and so weird, you’re in.” At any time, with any idea – just let us know.
The look and feel of the place…
Each of their events (Psy-High is not our only festival, it’s just the most positive and celebration-focused one) is defined and refined by the participation of many artists and builders, who work at the chosen location tirelessly for days before the festival itself can happen. Their goal is to change the surroundings, make them more conducive of the high ideals and to shape the location into a piece of reality fine-tuned for something like this to take place there. Then, the bands and the visitors arrive and the whole festival explodes into life. The seminars and debates, workshops and readings then happen wildly all around the programme-backbone formed by the bands.
They chose the St. Joseph Quarry primarily for it’s “earthiness”—the way the rocks chime with the forest and how nature slowly erased almost all signs of past human activity. It’s a place filled with a solid, calm ambiance where you can almost feel the deep rumble of ancient underground rocky massives interweave with the sounds and smells of trees. The quarry was active since the second half of the 19th century, it’s finest sandstone was being used primarily for sculptures, for example the ones at the roof of the National Theater in Prague.