CzechTek

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CzechTek
Czechtek04Flash.jpg
CzechTek 2004
Genre Electronic music
Location(s) Czech Republic
Years active 1994-2006
Attendance 40,000+
Website
Official site

CzechTek was an annual teknival normally held on the weekend at the end of July in the Czech Republic. It attracted thousands of free tekno dancers from several European countries (40,000 people attended in 2003 and 2006). Open invitations were usually made to all sound systems, performers and all people with positive thinking.

History[edit]

Decoration at Czechtek

The first CzechTek was held in 1994 at Hostomice, it was organized by the Spiral Tribe sound system and a group of artists called the Mutoid Waste Company. Various foreign sound systems also attended. The festival was held at the same location the following two years. After that the festival was held in a different location in the Czech Republic each year, usually on ex-military land or in a meadow near a forest. The location of the meeting was always revealed one day before the event on Czech rave websites. Unlike more commercial festivals such as Love Parade or the Street Parade there was little or no organisation, since the idea of free tekno is based on personal freedom and responsibility, although later teknivals required organisation due to large numbers of attendees.

Date Location Legality Number of people
28 July – ? 1994 Hostomice pod Brdy legal at least 1,000
26 July - ? 1995 Hostomice pod Brdy legal at least 3,000
26 – 28 July 1996 Hostomice pod Brdy legal 1,500
25 – 27 July 1997 Stará Huť near Dobríš legal 5,000
30 July – 4 August 1998 Stará Huť near Dobríš legal 5,000
30 July - 4 August 1999 Hradčany nad Ploučnicí near Ralsko illegal 5,000
28 July – 2 August 2000 Lipnice near Třeboň illegal 10,000
27 – 30 July 2001 Doksy illegal 10,000
26 – 31 July 2002 Andělka near Višňová legal 20,000
25 July - 3 August 2003 Letkov near Kopidlno legal 40,000
30 July – 3 August 2004 Boněnov near Chodová Planá illegal 20,000
29–31 July 2005 Mlýnec pod Přimdou legal* 5,000
27 – 30 July 2006 Military Area Hradiště legal 40,000

CzechTek 2005[edit]

Riot police at CzeckTek in 2005

In 2005, the CzechTek festival took place in Mlýnec in Tachov District, close to the German border in the west of the country. The organisers oclaimed to have permission to set up the event, but shortly after the festival began, around 1,000 riot police arrived, using heavy equipment including tear gas, water cannons and the military BVP vehicle, citing damage to private property. The police damaged cars, electronic equipment and other property, and clashes between police and revellers resulted in multiple injuries on both sides. Police used massive amounts of tear gas and stun grenades, broke car windows with iron bars or threw gas grenades in. One participant was killed by a truck on his way to the festival in the early morning hours.[1][2]

Following the police actions there were protests outside the Czech Interior Ministry. The Czech president Vaclav Klaus criticized the police's use of heavy force. The Prime Minister, Jiří Paroubek, defended the action, declaring that the tekno fans were "not dancing children but dangerous people".

Several months after the clash, all charges against police were dropped, in most cases due to failure to identify individual police officers, and in other cases because it was deemed that an offence had not been committed.[3] In April 2006, there was a march followed by a free party in Strasbourg, France to protest against police repression in general and against the actions of the Czech police in closing CzechTek specifically.

CzechTek 2006[edit]

On 14 June 2006 an agreement was signed between the Czech Army and the Association of Czech Sound Systems. The festival was held on land which was part of the Hradiště Military Region. Close cooperation with the state administration caused some resentment among the freetekno community, but the festival went ahead without any repeat of the previous year's violence.

Czechtek discontinued[edit]

Type of DIY party
Free party / Squat Party Teknival
Freetekno Sound System
Music Played at the Parties
Also see Rave music
free tekno - drum and bass - drumstep - hardstyle - dubstyle - gabba - moombahcore - raggacore - jungle - industrial hardcore - breakbeat hardcore - breakcore - speedcore - aggrotech - hardbag - goa trance - bouncy techno - mákina - techno and trance
Famous Parties
Castlemorton Common Festival - CzechTek - Windsor Free Festival - Stonehenge Free Festival - Reclaim the Streets

After the event in 2006, the co-ordinators announced on the official CzechTek website that the festival had been discontinued, stating that "in regard of the fact that the situation around Czechtek isn't bearable anymore, the representatives of the Czech freetekno community came to this radical decision. This year, and very probably even never again, any action of size and under the name Czechtek won't be realized". The reasons given were:

  • step-by-step abolition of original thoughts of freetekno
  • parasitic behaviour of people not connected to the scene, including many of the visitors themselves
  • disability and reluctance to respect the elementary principles of behaviour in shared space

The announcement was signed by Oktekk, Strahov, NSK, AKA.IO, Komatsu, Spiritual, Mayapur, Layka, Pentatonika, Merkur, Fatal Noise, Matchbox, Luxor, Cirkus Alien, Vosa, Bazooka, Koryto, Shamanic, Zuqwa, Czajovna, Figura, Machine Works, Metro, Ultimate Crew, Basswood, Mutaphone, FDM, Jednota, TMC, NabaziGangoo, Massive Elementz, UANDU Tribe, MHD, Hondzik Sound, Witacid, Iluzor, Detox23, Pandemic, Spectro, Radiator, Swampsound, Gummo, EskanoiZZe, Tsunami, Yaga, Synthetik, MiMiK, Squakka, Mandala, Alkaline, Dynamodestroy, Triptekk, Tekkirk, Remek, FSS, Shadow cabaret, Invaders, Mushroom, Bassmekk, Swazarm, Techamin, Laydakk, Othersidesystem, Inkognito, and T2B.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

© 2005, Techno.cz. Foto: flash CzechTek
  1. ^ "Smrt mladého muže nesouvisí s policejní akcí v Mlýnci". mvcr.cz (in Czech). Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  2. ^ Joura, Roman (2016-04-21). "We have found the place, where Viktor Spišiak died". cztk12.com (in Czech). Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Policie po zásahu na CzechTeku vyhrává 9:0" (in Czech). iDNES.cz. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 

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