Underground Psy and arts gathering Funny Moon, which takes place in the countryside of the Czech Republic, acts a platform for upcoming DJs, live acts and all sorts of artists from around the globe to meet in the nature and share music, artwork and experiences with one another. The festival welcomes “all good-hearted people”, as well as children and dogs, into what they describe as their ‘cosmic mixed society’. I caught up with Horizon, the founder of Funny Moon, to find out more.
Firstly, why the name Funny Moon?
The name came from the Mayan calendar. At the beginning, the festival was called Cosmixed Society, just like my label, but I wanted to give it a different name. One day, a friend and I were talking, he called me a ‘funny moon’ and the name stuck. I wanted something that wasn’t too serious and would remind people to take it easy in life, without letting their egos control them too much. Come to Funny Moon and you’ll be funny soon…
How long has the festival been going now, and how did it begin?
It started in 2005 in Slovakia, before my son was born. In 2006, I decided to dedicate Funny Moon to my son, who turned one on the day of the festival. This was the first and only time the festival took place in Austria, and it was a truly legendary event.
What type of crowd does it tend to attract?
Freaks, fraggles, pixies and fairies, an amazing crowd of peace- and freedom-loving people, who know that sometimes less is a lot more. You find masses of unconscious sheep in a lot of places, where money is God, but real, deep conections are rare. Those who come to Funny Moon are people that are looking for a more earthy connection and want to meet others and build life experiences, or take a long, hard look in the mirror and rediscover their inner selves.
What would be your three main reasons for attending?
1. You want to visit a festival that you are free to enjoy without bothersome security, police or any bureaucrats trying to tell you where to go, how to look and what you should be doing at any given moment.
2. You want to be with your friends, meet more friends, and not have to pay outrageous amounts for these little necessities of life.
3. You’d like to bring your kids to a festival and camp with minimal noise so that they can sleep, and be around other kids and their parents.
What is the location like?
A huge place up on the side of a hill with a view stretching out across many kilometres, surrounded by forests, fields and the garden of a castle. You can actually see it for yourself in the 2016 Funny Moon aftermovie.
And the music?
A mixture of old and new performers, big names and unknown artists, who all share one thing in common: the Cosmixed Society seal of approval. The music can be fast or slow, but always underground, rather than commercial.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Don’t be shy to move your spine, represent and respect all mammals and other animals, people, aliens, illuminatis, demons, goblins, elves, fraggles and fairies, all beautiful manifestions of eternal being, whether you believe in gods or devils, the sun or moon, geometries or metrics. Take off your shoes, raise your hands and give thanks to the father in the skies.
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Composed by: Milly Day
Photos by: MagicM