Just over a month ago, I (Bron) made my third trip from Berlin to Pula for Dimensions Festival – a five day affair of electronic music bliss on the coastline of Croatia. With both an incredible line-up (my highlights were many and included Nils Frahm, Caribou, Mala, Jon Hopkins, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Roy Ayers, Move D, ItaloJohnson, Pangaea, Jessy Lanza & DJ Stingray) and unique location (a 150-year old fort, 2,000 year old amphitheatre and the Adriatic sea) it’s not hard to see why this festival continues to be such a treat, and a highlight of the European festival season.
We’ve covered the festival pretty extensively in the past (get all over that over here), so this year we wanted to mix things up and try to capture Dimensions from not only our perspective, but from people attending the festival in different capacities.
So we gave out five disposable cameras – to a volunteer, journalist, agent, festival partner and punter – some returning for the third time, some here for the first, and asked them to go nuts, taking snaps of whatever came their way. The results were a mix of dreamy beach and boat pics, messy selfies, candid shots of friends (which are remaining in private collections – sorry all), animals (really), the happy sexy crowd and mid-and-post Sunday storm (yep – apocalyptic storms are a very real thing in Croatia). We also asked a couple of questions – and learnt that everyone really loves the Moat.
Below is part one of the results. The locations range from the main festival site at Fort Punta Christo to camping ground, the Adriatic Sea, Pula town and nearby beaches.
Take me back, bitte.
Tom – Volunteer
26, London via Melbourne
This is Tom. Tom is pretty nomadic Australian, currently living in London who volunteered at Dimensions & Outlook Festivals this year. This was his first Dimensions.
How were you involved in Dimensions? I was a volunteer on the site art team and worked closely with art and design students to help them build their creations. A highlight of this experience was helping construct the dimensions signature piece (a series of four black frames, with white backing and then dimensions logo in the middle)
Festival highlight? My highlight of dimensions was definitely just being in the Moat. It was so intense and every element of the stage worked perfectly to overwhelm all of your senses.
Madison – Punter*
25, Berlin via Vancouver
Meet Madison. Maddi made a last minute decision to road trip with friends from Berlin to Pula for Dimensions. This was her first visit to Croatia.
Dimensions highlight? Swimming in the warm Croatian sea!
Did anything in particular take you by surprise / blow you away? Overall being able to party in an old fort, but the epicness of the Moat and it’s sound system is one thing that really stood out.
*Punter: Australian colloquial term for festival patron
Chris – Agent
26, Berlin via Glasgow
This is Chris. Chris is an artist agent at Littlebig agency and is based in the German capital. This was his second visit to Dimensions.
In a few words – fave Dimensions stage and why? I think it’s got to be the Moat. The Moat’s just the perfect setting for what they program there.
Dimensions highlight? Nick Höppner in the Void – he played an incredibly well paced set, he built it up so nicely.
Part Two – coming shortly. In the meantime, want even more on festival-ing in this part of the world? Check out our How To: Croatian Music Festival over here.
The Disposable Camera Project
To give you a bit of a back-story – in the Spring of 2012, Lucy set off on a 2′ish month long road trip with a person she didn’t really know. Traveling the girth of America they had 35 disposable cameras on hand. When they finished up? They had 11 left over. Lucy gave these cameras out to people she likes/ loves/ adores – for them to use/ send back and for her to develop/ put on the blog. These cameras have long gone – but the distribution of disposables lives on.
(Feature image by Tom)