We got a cassette from a friend – back in
’96 cassette players were still in who worked on a ship and spent his holidays in
Goa. I came across Goa music, or the culture, for the first time
in ’97 – at a Kenguru party in Dunavarsány. That was probably the first milestone of this
psytrance style in Hungary. That was where I first saw a live act, which was like finally meeting people like me. That was when this whole thing seized me and I’ve stayed like that ever since. A foreigner contacted me, he was called Shakespeare,
William Shakespeare, and I heard it from him that there was going to be a festival in Hungary
that people from all around the world would come to visit. We saw the Ozora flyer at club Süss Fel Nap
in January of ’99 Ozora – I’ve never heard about this place
in my whole life. We had no idea what it was going to be. That’s where it started for me, when I date
Ozora from, the experience that I got there the main stage, the shop row, everything,
which has practically stayed the same since then so the actual essence was really formed
there. Hello, I’m Duncan.
I’m Penny. We’re off to Ozora today.
We live in Maramures, which is where.. Transylvania.
Northern Transylvania, Northern Romania to be exact… and we’ve got a… how many hour
drive? 12 hours or something.
If she makes it. Top speed: 60 kms an hour, maybe 70.
40 years old. Nice and slow as they say here.
Come on let’s go, let’s do it! Nearly two dozen people, participants of the
art camp, started building this garden. Artists, craftsmen, mothers with kids, everybody
working for one common goal, that the visitors feel good and are able to discover exciting
spots in this beautiful landscape. I’m Leon Avalon and I’m from London, England.
I’m so excited about this slot — I’m playing on a Saturday afternoon. I’ve been working
on lots of new stuff especially for it. I was just blown away last year by it —
I didn’t play, it’s my first year playing I was just blown away by all
the stuff going on in there, it’s like a little village going on, that comes alive for seven
days every year. Can’t wait for it, I’m really looking forward to this one. This is Andrea, we’re going on a roadtrip
with the girls! Hi my name is Monica, I’m 27, I’m coming from
Bucharest. I’ve never been there but I imagine it’s full of beautiful, young colourful people.
When I get there and I see all these people, the laitmotiv (main theme) of this journey is going
to be kissing everybody. Hello, my name is Delia. I want to share a
lot of love and I want to get a lot of love. It’s my first time there, we are travelling
from Bucharest and really, I can’t wait to get there. Hello I’m Alexandra, I come from Romania with
love. – With love and wine – With love and wine – and tuica and palinka – with tuica
and palinka and everything you want, I have everything you desire…. my name is perfection
really. Tomorrow the festival starts and I still have no idea what
trance music is… or trance festival… Yes, we’re here, we’re here!
I’ve just got goosebumps all over me! This is the essential party item. We’re gonna
crack it open now and celebrate on our way to Ozora. Come as soon as the gates open, set up your
camp, meet people, watch the festival grow into life watch the music start, enjoy the
afterparties after you’ve been here for a week, and just see everything coming back
to what it was from the beginning…. take all that beauty with you back home. I’m speechless, I’m absolutely speechless.
I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s awesome! It’s so tribal, but it’s really calm, there’s
thousands of people here, but it’s just calm. I don’t feel crushed. It’s amazing! Having the trance experience changes your
life forever, you know, I mean I don’t think there’s any way you can see the world the
same after you’ve been through that experience. I think it’s the land, the land here and the
landscape… and also a very important part is that the owner of the land is involved.
They have an amazing impact on the things that they want to do with the festival and
then of course all the crews working here… all contribute to an amazing vibe. It’s beautiful. It’s like a permanent purpose built playground,
which is only set up for this one event — and I think that is amazing, I think it’s really
special. Over the years, little bits have been added and the result of it — I think
it’s the best party in Europe right now. You walk around in the forest and there’s
different infrastructures built, like tree houses or I was walking past workshops going
on, people doing yoga, meditation, teaching stuff. It’s like a little village. I found it to be my favourite in Europe. I love it! I love you Hungary! What is a psychedelic festival about, if not
about the psyche and the expansion of consciousness? If they understood the deeper meanings behind
and the kinds of experiences they’re having then there’s perhaps the opportunity to make
a difference inside the being and to take it home and make a difference in their life. We have come here to spread the message about
an evolution of consciousness. Here you can find a lot of very conscious
people and very yeah awakening people, so many things to talk about, and to listen,
to learn. You actually take the time to be present not
just thinking about where you’re going. Possibility, opportunity to learn something,
not just to have fun. And I really believe that people go back home with something inside
that they can try to integrate in everyday life People who come here strive towards a higher
level of consciousness or knowledge, acceptance, understanding and experiencing. Creativity, freedom is actually the opportunity
of authenticity, obviously. What I have seen was inspiring and the trace of a spirit so
great that I hope it never dies out. I’m from Sweden, he is from Israel,
– I am from Israel – and we live in San Francisco right now. Her name is Indra Ozora actually.
She was made here up in the hills. I fell in love with the music first and then I started
to realise that…… hold on! Everywhere I go in the world, it is Goa or it is Brazil
or it is Israel, it’s the same kind of people, everyone is the same , everyone
has the same kind of idea, and I realised wow, hold on! It’s a culture, it’s a
community, it’s a … I know this culture since few years actually,
but the more I know about it, the more I feel that it’s part of my life and part of my path.
I like the way technology, art and culture melt together to create something new. It’s not just music, it’s a lifestyle, it’s
a way of expression, and it’s freedom of thought maybe You can go deep into spirituality and those
other things if you want, but for me it equates to the simple things like, you know, what
the vibe is like in the dancefloor, and the location they choose to do the parties in,
you know, its the best out of any scene that I’ve been involved in, you know. The trance spirit is culture, its a way of
life, it is, you know, it’s all about the connection between the people from all over
the world, it’s about a philosophy of positivity,. Many people who come to this kind of a festival,
they feel like they are a part of a family. To think of themselves not just as an individuals
but as a part of a community of human beings and a part of a community of the whole planet. It is a community. So people from everywhere,
people who met each other in India. He’s from Mexico, I’m from Russia.
We met in India. In Goa.
In Goa. In the parties, trance parties.
Goa connection, yeah. People help each other, here you can ask practically
anyone for a favour, or if you need help, You can ask anybody, and this creates a great
atmosphere, and a great feeling of community. The people who I artelized, musicians who
I artelized, they now, I see them all the time I’m good friends with them, we all help
each other. You go in the place where you confront all
these things that maybe you have never seen in your life and all these colorful people,
and they just stop right in front of you and then you have to deal with it. Here there are people of all ages, from very
young to quite old, of all skin colors, so many cultures, so many people, so many views
coming together in one place, and basically everyone shares their knowledge, their vision,
their view of the world. Meeting people of so many kinds in one week, this in itself is a huge experience. The connections you make in a place like this are sure to live on outside the festival as well. Well I would say of course there is a market here for buying food, you are using money and everything and there is gadgets and you can buy your own little laser pointer and stuff. but in general the consumption here is based on what you need. more than just I don’t know. satisfying psychological needs so you need to eat you, buy food. First you come with a mask and then you meet the people, you face them… and the people give you this big smile.
And then eventually you have to give it back, there is no other way. It’s the only way. I think there are many people coming to this
festival for the first time, maybe with a different attitude, but I like that the family
is open, the community is open. And slowly-slowly these people get integrated into this family. Even if they don’t know each-other, if it’s
water, if it’s food, if it’s love, you feel it everywhere — when new people come to the scene
and they have never been before, they feel it is different. There has been very big new generation coming
to the festival, not always following don’t know – the unwritten rules of the scene,
but we also have to remember, that we were all once young, not really following the rules. They see that these are the basics here, this
is the ordinary, this is the common ground, so even the newcomers see that this is functioning,
everbody will reply in a friendly way if we speak to them in a friendly way, and this
is a great thing, which must have a great effect on the newcomers. They ask you – are you really gonna bring
her with you to a festival, it’s gonna be messy and then you bring her here, I mean,
it was a new experience for us as well, we didn’t really know what to expect, and then
we come here, we are like, really, I mean, she is having more fun than we have, she is
getting so much attention, she is playing, really, she gets to spill all the water she
wants, all the food everywhere, like mud, it’s so much fun for her. There’s a lot of
kids over here, a lot of kids. I always bring my kids to parties, I can’t
leave them at home. What do you wanna say about the party Ben?
Yeah, its good… We like to be on the dancefloor. So for us
it is a little bit different. But she comes with us, we stand behind the speakers, we
have a little tent, so she’s there a few hours. And it’s been a good week, it hasn’t been
too sunny. So she stands there with her earphones, she dances, we have a lot of friends over
here, they care of her as well. Just caring for the place, where we have this
amazing opportunity to have a festival, not throwing trash everywhere or being very responsible
when drinking etc. The only way to show this is having role models and people acting in
a responsible way. Because that’s what people see, that’s what people will follow. In the spirit of how it was created of this
wanting for change and peace and everything, that’s how it should continue, we should keep
going, keep going and see where it takes us. The growth of the Magic Garden is a very very
good example of how you can inspire people to do things just not when you are in a festival
but in other places, as well. All kinds of groups working on different scenes,
but they were all guided by one common thought, expressing this culture. There were those,
who felt like moving, so they came up with movement, those who desired arts and crafts,
found some activity like this too, those who wanted to listen to concerts in the evening,
found entertainment like this, those who were interested in lectures or the theoretical
aspects of goa-culture, they also found what they were looking for, I think. A group of friends, people who come together
to create something at this festival. Everbody brings what they know, and all this makes
a whole, which in the end becomes the Pumpui, be it music, cinema or filming. They were coming for many different reasons,
sometimes just because they were cold, sometimes just because they were like very tired, and
sometimes also I don’t know for like a psycological issue like they split with the boyfriend or
the girlfriend, and they need somebody to talk with you know so we were taking care
360 degree. We had less cases that in other festival with same number of people. When
I spoke with the owner of the land, he told me: I want to make sure that people go back
home safe. It’s very difficult to organise such a big festival, but there is the intention
to do it in a nice way. I appreciate this very much. I’m no, I’m no angel, but I’m more emphatic
with other people, because of that, yeah, because feeling that’s sort of unity. It definitely made me more aware of who I
am and what I do and consequences. It aroused further curiosity in me, and life
force, and to go on, experience, and to live through as much as possible, because that’s
what you can really learn from. That made me feel comfortable in my own clothes,
this is who I am. After, I go out with more energy when I come.
– The energy you give, you get more back. Everybody gives and gets more back. Basically, you can start anew and build a
totally positive mental environment, which afterwards will have a life-improving effect
on you, and this is why you can take it back to the stressful, tense society. So, I think
it has a very useful function outwards as well. Well people who have been to Ozora, well done,
you found my favourite party in Europe, so well done, and anyone who hasn’t been, you
should come. Its As simple as that ‘innit.. I can see the potential for it to make a really
positive impact on people’s life. So what I would really hope to take home from here
is respecting each-other and remembering that you don’t actually need that much to be happy.
You just need e music and some good people around you. And just that little thing of
being satisfied with what you have, is I think that’s the basic thing for societies is to evolve. I was really in love with the music
I discovered and I wanted to make parties and to get out there to the people and create
my own thing so I did that for a while and I wasn’t ever really interested in DJ-ing
at the beginning for years I was just you know, loved partying and making parties and
stuff and had my first gig at a house-party of a friend and I played my own club-night
for the first time, which was amazing of doing it for that long.I kind of got bored after
a while and wanted to know how this music is created and essentially how I can create
sounds going on in my head the full on I make I would say groovy, psychedelic, day-time
full-on but it also has got that tougher edge. Where, you can play some of it at night, so
it’s kind of a cross-over. Its this big gathering of the tribes, feels
like I’ve come home. I am in the festival circuit all year round,
whether I am in clubs, or around the music, and I love it you know, and I live it and
I love it, and for me it’s the best job in the world. To the Ozorians out there, absolutely big
love to you. This set here was my favourite I ever had, you absolutely made it for me
the whole way jumping with me all the way smiling and dancing and I just want to thank
you, because I can not get this smile and this feeling out
of my body. It’s beautiful, thank you. I came four days before I played just to be
on that dance floor, because that is where I get my inspiration. Well the people who
haven’t been here, it is a must do in your life. And I mean that, from the bottom of
my heart, and this is more than a festival, this is an Experience.
I am having the time of my life here, whether or not I play her I am going to come here
every year, because I came here last year just to party, and its the best festival on
the planet and that I mean. Two really big thank you goes out to Daniel and Árpi for making this amazing festival possible, and last but not least, thank each other for giving such an amazing vibe. Thank you everyone. See you next year!