Since 2000, the NEXT Festival in Bratislava is an annual celebration of exploratory sonic art: from electronic experimentation and freeform improvisation to audiovisual projects, it brings together innovative artists who push the boundaries of music.
The festival is focusing predominantly on artists who are both composers and performers of their music. NEXT is encouraging adventurous and cutting-edge approaches in contemporary music regardless of genre boundaries, be it improvised music, avantgarde jazz, noise, ambient, experimental electronica, A/V performances, sound art or conceptual projects.
An integral part of the festival are commissions of new works and international cooperations (e.g. several NEXT London editions). Educational and discourse programmes play also an important role, comprising artist talks, masterclasses, presentations and practical workshops.
The main organiser Atrakt Art is a record label and NGO, also maintaining a database portal about experimental music from Slovakia kraa.sk and co-running an independent cultural centre A4.