A guide to new developments at the Dutch festival...

The seventh edition of DGTL Amsterdam returns to the NDSM Docklands over the Easter weekend, promising three days and nights of house, techno, disco and everything in between.

Away from a top-tier line-up of DJ talent that includes Disclosure, Bicep, Patrick Topping, Amelie Lens, The Black Madonna and Honey Dijon, there’s a major focus on art that’s centred on sustainability (as DGTL continues with its aim of being one of the first ‘circular’ festivals by 2020).

Aside from the music, here are just three art installations to look out for…


This year the festival will be opened with the immersive Skyline art project, which is showcased in the arrival hall of the festival. Designed by Boris Acket, Nick Verstand and Bob Roijen, it will be supported by three acts that perform at DGTL throughout the weekend.

On Friday there’s Colin Benders, Oceanic on Saturday and Dax J on Sunday. And around these acts, Boris Acket and Nick Verstand will perform continuously all day.

“Get ready for the breathtaking 4D sound in combination with the kinetic lightning plan that will give a totally new, unique and impactful surround experience regarding witnessing a concert,” say the DGTL team.


An installation in the festival ground all weekend created by Amsterdam visual artist Heleen Blanken, ‘When Water Falls’ aims to raise reflection regarding plastic waste. Heleen works in the fields of media cinematography, photography and installation art. Heleen’s artistic practise is deeply influenced by the complex relationship between humanity and the natural environment as well as the separation between these two.

Her ambition is to explore different layers of our aesthetic perception of the natural world. She defines and explores the dualism in traditional artistic dichotomies like organic/artificial and analog/digital. Heleen’s work invites us to question how we think of nature and to consider alternative visions.


New for this year is a collaboration with Amsterdam eyewear brand Ace & Tate to create a second art project. It aims to expand DGTL’s sustainability efforts beyond the borders of the festival and putting other companies waste-streams to new use. With 15 000 ‘end-of-life’ lenses from Ace & Tate, ATM Model Art will create a massive installation at DGTL Amsterdam.

The lenses are a combination of returns, wrongly coloured lenses and demo- lenses. After the festival, the artwork will live on at other global destinations for future exhibitions.

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DGTL Amsterdam takes place at NDSM Docklands from April 19th to 22nd. Visit www.dgtl.nl for tickets.

Words: Ben Jolley

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