About This Festival
Music, Technology, and Sports Meet
Alfa Future People is the perfect festival to get your adrenaline fix. Though only a few years old, it has not only become Russia's premiere electronic dance music festival, but also a huge playground for tech-buffs and sports fans alike. Taking place in Bolshoe Kozino, a small town just a short train ride away from the city of Nizhny Novgorod, the event features plenty of jaw-dropping displays of intellectual and physical feats over a soundtrack of pulsing beats.
Alfa Future People features dozens of top electronic dance music DJs from Russia and around the world, but there's also plenty to do and see apart from the music. The technological portion of the event is similar to a maker fair, where guests get the opportunity to check out new gadgets that aren't yet available to the general public. If you're not super tech-savvy, fear not: Alfa Future People also includes classes and lectures with an emphasis on making new technologies fun and accessible to the general public.
Alfa Future People also has a slew of ways to get physically active. Attendees can participate in a variety of sports, from soccer to volleyball, as well as fitness bootcamps and yoga classes that take place throughout the fest. If you're looking for a vacation where you won't fall off your fitness routine, this is it!
Past headliners have proven to be top-notch in the world of electronic dance music, hardstyle, dubstep, and trance. The festival features a mix of both Russian and international DJs, including world-renowned trance icon Armin Van Buuren; deadmau5; Axwell ^ Ingrosso, a duo that consists of former members of Swedish House Mafia; Fonarev, a veteran Russian techno producer; and Going Deeper, a popular duo in Russia's house scene.
Alfa Future People has raised the bar big time in recent years with a veritable sensory overload for attendees. In 2016, one stage featured an enormous, eight-story-tall robot sculpture with the DJ booth positioned inside of its heart. DJs looked microscopic inside the towering structure as flames, fireworks, and neon lights illuminated the entire breathtaking display. And organizers promise a nine-story tall stage set-up for subsequent set-ups.
The Latest and Greatest Gadgets
On the tech side of things, Alfa Future People is a showcase of novel, interactive gadgets from a host of Russian and international developers. In previous years, attendees have had a chance to play virtual reality games, take a class in 3D modeling, and interact with actual robots. Basically anything you can imagine when you hear the word "future" is there: a lecture series focused on the future of technology, an interactive model of a smart home, and even a ridiculous fighting drone competition.
Festival organizers call Alfa Future People an event for the "people of the future," and in a country like Russia, where technology isn't as advanced as it is in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, this event is a unique opportunity for locals to see what's possible.
Nourishing Your Body
A feast for the mind aside, you can also stimulate your body at Alfa Future People. Throughout the event, there are many sports and fitness activities to get involved in. Friendly matches of volleyball and soccer can be found throughout the festival, and winners of the volleyball tournament get a chance to play with Nizhny Novgorod's professional team.
And if you need a stretch break from all the dancing you've done, renowned yoga instructor Michail Ivanov leads classes throughout the festival. For those who prefer more intense forms of exercise, trainers from the elite fitness club Pushkinskiy (basically the Equinox of Russia) offer bootcamps. If you're feeling adventurous, take a master class in aerial gymnastics, where you'll perform graceful routines on suspended hoops and aerial silks.
There's also rock climbing, pole dancing, football, laser tag, and plenty of other ways to have fun and get active with your friends.