Stihia is electronic music, arts and science festival. It is an independent project incepted in 2017 in Uzbekistan with an aim to raise awareness about the environmental catastrophe of the Aral Sea. "Stihia" means "force of nature" and it comes from greek.

The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth-largest saline lake. Over recent decades, man-made diversions have caused it to shrink to a mere shadow of its former size and created the most acute environmental problem in the Central Asian region.

While being primarily a music event, the project quickly grew into a solid movement and expanded its boundaries beyond playing techno sounds at the edge of the dead sea.

Stihia is a combination of several projects that include collaboration of musicians, artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs - all united to produce a spectacular blend of human interaction in one of the most unique places in the world.

We believe that gravitational pull of talent and inspiration may produce some of the most unexpected and breakthrough results.

That is why Stihia exists.
Waste Management Manifest
This was a sea once. Now it's a desert. Do we want it to become a dumpsite?

Dear friends,

You will have an amazing time here. Full of good vibes. You will hear progressive music, pumping powerful sounds from one of the best sound systems in country. You will become part of unique emotional experience in very (very) distant part of the world.

You will also leave rubbish.

We do not want this place to become a dumpsite.

So, Stihia partnered with Hashar Week – a multifaceted social project aimed at creating a platform for effective collaboration of people, businesses, governmental agencies and international organisations in tackling environmental issues, dissemination of environmental culture and play an active role in the formation of sustainable model of development in Uzbekistan. "Hashar" (origins: persian, arabic "collective help, charity") - an ancient tradition, predominantly in Uzbekistan, of collective help and voluntary participation in beautification of public spaces.

So, we have introduced waste management guidelines that we would kindly ask you to follow:

1) Culture. It is strictly prohibited to throw rubbish anywhere but the specialised containers.

2) Hygiene. Remember your wet tissues are not recyclable and take more than 200 years to decompose. Use an antiseptic instead or better wash your hands with water.

3) Waste sorting. Throughout the festival all waste must be sorted. Recyclable waste will be sent to a factory in Nukus and all proceeds will go towards forestation. Sort your waste!

4) Food. Do not take more than you can eat. Some people are lacking food. Remember: your disposable food containers and cutlery are used 15 minutes but take 500 years to decompose.

5) Think again. Balloons, plastic straws, sweets and crisps wrappers etc - do you really need to use it? This waste is non-recyclable. Takes 200-500 years to decompose.

6) Oversight. Hashar Week patrol is operating throughout the festival and oversee adherence to the above-mentioned rules. We do not want to put you to shame.

7) Cutlery. If you are brining your own tableware, please make sure that it is made of either aluminium or has "05PP" mark on it. Polypropylene (05PP) or aluminium are the most optimal for disposable cutlery. PLEASE, try not brining paper cups and tableware.

Desert demands respect.

Music Festival
Non-profit electronic music event held in one of the most distant places in the world.
Stihia Music Festival
Non-profit electronic music event held in one of the most distant places in the world.
Stihia N+1 is environmental science forum that explores how human activity impacts our present and future.

Forum is a collaboration of government, researchers, scientists, artists and business leaders.

The objective is to gather creative minds with the aim at inspiration and networking, as well as work on capacity building in rural areas of the Aral Sea.
As part of its mission, Stihia works on environmental revitalization. You can plant a tree!
"Waiting for the Sea" - documentary film directed and produced by George Itzhak - the US based film director. The film has made to several prestigious documentary film festivals, including Moscow Shorts International Film Festival, Lebanese Independent Film Festival and Prague International Indie Film Festival.

The film talks about the death of the Aral Sea, music festival and emerging electronic scene in Uzbekistan.
Stihia is still working on something quite interesting...
Registration is now closed
because we have reached maximum limit of attendees
Apologies that we cannot register more guests. Hope to see you in 2022!
What is the festival program?
Please note that the program may be subject to minor changes.

Friday 14, May 2021

18:00 - 02:00 - First day line-up. Due to restrictions in most European countries, not all the artists of the first day will be able to come, so the first day will be more devoted to progressive rock, jazz and fusion electronics, and local DJs.

FlyinUp (UZB)
Dzenpunk (UZB)
Eve (UZB)
Zack (KRG)
+ local DJs (list is to be updated)

Saturday 15, May 2021

14:00 Stihia N+1 forum, workshop on assembling a yurt, acquaintance with local applied arts, visit to the local history museum, etc.

18:00 - 02:00 - Second day line-up.
Ah!Kosmos (TRK)
Nazira (KAZ)
Nina Kraviz (RUS)
Prisheletz (RUS)
+ local DJs (list is to be updated)

Sunday 16, May 2021

20:25 Departure from Nukus to Tashkent

What are the COVID-19 restrictions during traveling to and from Uzbekistan?
A relaxed quarantine is still in effect in Uzbekistan, but there is no lockdown. The festival was approved by Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

A negative PCR test is required to be presented upon arrival to Uzbekistan. There is no mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival to Uzbekistan.

Also, passengers would need to get a negative PCR test with 72 hours expiry period when leaving Uzbekistan.

Here are the lists of laboratories where you can take PCR test in Tashkent.

In Nukus PCR tests can be done at local clinic "Medical Center", costs around 20$, the results come out in about 5 hours, contacts: +998995030303; +998913049450

You can take a PCR test at the Tashkent airport, the results come out in 4 hours, the laboratory is located directly at the airport, near the departure hall and can be contacted at +998951995500.
What are Stihia COVID-19 sanitary protocols?
We will strictly follow the following guidelines:
  • Entrance to the camp shall be allowed to a limited number of people and only to those with bracelets.
  • Temperature checks shall be performed on all visitors at the entrance of the camp (entrance will not be allowed in case of detected fever).
  • Safe distance shall be maintained between guests/staff members.
  • Safe space shall be maintained between tables and a limited number of persons shall be set at each table.
  • Interaction with people on other tables shall not be allowed.
  • Hanging around the dj booth and the bars shall not be allowed.
  • Hand sanitizers, placed at the entrance and throughout the camp, shall be regularly used by all guests and staff members.
  • Face masks shall be used at all times by all staff members (optional use for guests). Please keep a safe distance from staff members, should you choose to not wear a mask.
  • Access to the restroom shall be limited to 3 guests per area, each time (you are encouraged to spend the least possible time within the restroom and sanitize your hands before exiting).
  • Please do not visit Stihia if you have a persistent cough/fever or show any symptoms of illness.
How can I get to Muynaq?
There are several ways to get to the festival.

Guests coming from abroad need to fly to Tashkent, preferably one day before the departure to Nukus. Then, on May 14 (Friday) there is a flight from Tashkent to Nukus at 7am, with a return flight from Nukus to Tashkent on May 16 (Sunday) at 9pm. Tickets can be purchased via

Once in Nukus, you can reach Muynaq from Nukus by car in about 2,5 hours (about 30$ per car). There are usually plenty of taxis near the airport.

You may also travel via Urgench (Khiva), which is a five-hour drive from Muynaq. Please check flights to Urgench via

If you cannot find a ticket from Tashkent to Nukus, then let us know and we will include you into the waiting list and will get an additional aircraft.
How to get to the festival site?
After you pass a sign at city entrance, just drive straight along the main road, without turning anywhere.

Somewhere after 6-7 minute's drive at an average speed, there will be a cinema theatre on your right hand, just turn right after it and drive straight – you will reach the venue in 300 meters. If you are lost, just ask locals how to get to Stihia.
Where can I stay once I'm there?
Muynak is not a tourist destination, so there is not much of infrastructure as in other tourist cities in Uzbekistan. Stihia festival is basically about dark and extreme tourism. Therefore, one must be prepared for field conditions. The most optimal method of lodging for the night is a yurt or tent.

There will be a camping site with comfortable, large tents provided by Wild Eco Camp Inn, which can be contacted at +998909006774. Renting the entire tent for 2 days, including meals, will cost about 1.5 million soums (about $150).

Also, if you are looking for other solutions, please find below the contact details of Basecamping's tent rental suppliers. Address: st. Muhammad Yusuf 52 (ex. Dagestan) Landmark - Near Parkent Bazaar, turn to EVOS. Phone: +998946275518. Approx cost of rental is 25$ per day. They also provide other travel accessories.

Also, you can download list of local hostels for booking.
What should I bring?
You must have:

  1. Identification documents;
  2. mosquito spray;
  3. warm clothing; it may get very chilly in the desert in the night;
  4. closed toe shoes;
  5. mask and sanitizer.

You are recommended to get:

  1. snacks, sandwiches, water;
  2. wet tissues and hygienic lipstick;
  3. earplugs;
  4. Linex and Imodium pills;
  5. telescope or StarChart / SkyLite app;
  6. wideangle lenses camera;
  7. sunglasses.

Will any food be provided?
There will be an on-site food truck selling various meals, a sandwich bar and a non-alcoholic bar. You are also free to bring your own food, of course.
Will there be sanitary facilities?
For those who are not staying in a hotel, we will provide bio-toilets and washing facilities. There will be rubbish bins for you to dispose of any rubbish or waste. These will be clearly signposted
Will there be security?
Of course. The festival site will be guarded by national security services and secure. However, you will be responsible for the safety of your personal belongings. In terms of medical facilities, there will be a medic on site. Also, there will be a fire truck.
Will I need visa?
If you are a citizen of a CIS country, you will not need a visa. Also, if you are citizen of one of the below listed countries, then you will not need visa (it will be stamped on your arrival and it`s free of charge).

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brunei Darussalam
Great Britain
San marino
New Zealand

If you are coming from other countries, then you need to get a visa, and the process became very easy. Just follow the e-visa instructions here

How much do tickets cost?
Attendance is free of charge as the festival is a not-for-profit event financed by public funds and sponsors. However, visitors must cover their own transportation and living costs. Accommodation and food costs will also be at your own expense. It will be free to enter camp.
Do you accept international bank cards? Where I can change currency?
No, we do not accept cards, and neither will bar, cafe or other suppliers. Hense, you will need to bring cash.

In Uzbekistan all payments can be made only in local currency - Uzbek Soum. Its current exchange rate is around 10,500 UZS for 1 USD.

You can exchange foreign currency only at ATMs or bank branches in Nukus or Tashkent or any other major city. We strongly recommend to do it either in Tashkent or Nukus. Please do not exchange currency at the street with traders - this is illegal.
Does the festival site have mobile phone coverage?
Yes, all operators provide coverage at the site. But, please, just please, stick to smartphone etiquette.
Is alcohol permitted?
There will be bar in the camp, we understand that you want to relax and unwind at the festival. As such, you may bring your own alcoholic drinks provided you drink reasonably and act responsibly. Excessive drinking or unreasonable behaviour will not be tolerated by our security. It goes without saying that illegal drugs are strictly prohibited.
What else can i do in Muynaq?
First day will mainly be about the music.

In the morning of the next day, on Saturday, you can go to the local museum, or even drive to the sea itself, which is about two hours' drive from the festival site, visit the workshops.

You can also plant a tree near the sea for "6 Billion Tree" project. Contact one of the volunteers for more details.
How to become a volunteer?
First of all, thanks for the help. Just write to us. Stihia is a project of enthusiasts. We do everything with the help of volunteers , so any help will be much appreciated.
Why would i need to register?
You do not need to register to attend the festival. You can just turn up.

However, if you need to get into:
- to the campsite;
- to the tent / yurt camp;
- to the dance zone;
then this can only be done if you have a bracelet.

Bracelets are issued only to those who have passed registration.

Bracelets are handed out directly at the entrance to the camp by providing the QR code that you receive upon registration.
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