What a year! 2017 was such an intense and exciting time for us. We got to know so many incredible new artists, worked with lots of interesting clients and took part in inspiring projects. We travelled back in time to take a look at what happened over the past twelve months. Follow the guide for our 2017 retrospective:
January: Multidisciplinary Entertainment for Cisco Live
2017 started off with a bang when several of our artists took part in a conference organized by Cisco Live at the stunning “Messe Berlin” event venue. The motto of the evening was “Your Time is Now” and the shows that the various performers presented were set in different time periods. From The Schlagzeugmafia starting off with a vintage vibe, to JAGO & L-ION showing off a very futuristic LED performance, the variety of shows insured there was something for everyone.
February: PANTA 10 is Born!
February was a very special month for us: we popped the champagne bottles, not only to celebrate the 3 year anniversary of PANTA Magazine, but also to toast its first printed release. As you can guess, we were extremely proud of printing our magazine for the first time and conveying its artivist message through a tangible, beautifully printed object.
March: Welcoming Spring at Bikini Berlin
As the weather was getting milder and spring was slowly coming back, we started working on a very exciting new project to celebrate the new season: a stunningly colourful origami installation made by Mademoiselle Maurice, to embellish Bikini Berlin’s big hall. Have a look at the full story on our blog post (in German) to see the full making-of.
April: Talking About the Art of Being Unconventional
Not only do we love booking artists and publishing PANTA, we also really enjoy talking about it. For the Q-Summit event in Mannheim, our co-founder Charlotte was invited to talk about how being unconventional and sticking to the “why” is key when founding your own business. And we loved it!
May: A Graffiti Workshop for EDP Distribuição
With the summer slowly getting closer, one of our clients, EDP Distribuição in Portugal, decided to offer its employees a very artsy gift: an outdoors graffiti team building event featuring Rita Ravasco, Chure, José Carvalho, Le Funky, MAIO and Vitó Julião. Read the full story here.
June: A Weekend of Music for the Buckower Rosentage
June marks the beginning of the festival season and it started off very well, with a special weekend long fest called the “Buckower Rosentage“ near Berlin. Four of our Berlin musicians played on the main stage. In addition to featuring musicians, the festival also offered food stands, activities for children and adults, as well as a small open air market.
July: Fun at Tomorrowland with Katay Santos & L.S.D.
This certainly was the highlight of our summer: we got to attend the iconic electronic music festival with 3 of our artists: Katay Santos and the Living Statues DJs. They performed on the festival’s magical camping site Dreamville, giving the attendees the opportunity to see stunning street shows and living statues performances.
August: A Brand New #OneLoveWall
After exciting conversations with the Greek visual artist The Krank, we decided to get one of our office walls painted by this ingenious artist. The result is stunning and we couldn’t help sharing the process in a blog article. If you’re curious about what the phrase “One Love” really means to us and why we decided to get it painted on our wall, read more here.
September: Rita Ravasco designing… a Tuktuk!
As if the summer wasn’t funky enough, we ended it on a very exotic note: our visual artist Rita Ravasco painted on a tuktuk to promote an Indian restaurant in Lisbon called “Chutnify”. The action, mixing art and street marketing, is a perfect representation of the restaurant’s unique vibe and outstanding food. And as you can imagine, this was our first booking ever for a tuktuk design!
October: The Solar Panel Art Series
We’re doing our best to engage our artists in various projects, events and partnerships. Therefore we loved working with The Beam on the Solar Panel Art Series. Initiated by the Little Sun foundation, the initiative merges science with art. Some of our artists participated by making art on solar panels. Once they were finished, the works were exhibited in Berlin. The revenues derived from the auction went to the foundation‘s “Solar Kids School Program”, a project whose aim is to provide clear, safe and sustainable lighting equipment, as well as phone-charging equipment for school kids and their teachers in Rwanda. Our artists participating in the first round were: Hülpman, VESUV, The Krank and Mario Winkler.
November: Starting our Living Room Sessions
Following the goal of engaging our community of artists and promoting them, we started organizing showcase acts at our studio. The idea is simple: hosting a concert by two artists and inviting a few of our clients, partners and friends to attend the performance. While showcasing emerging artists, the event also aims at encouraging a discussion around the topic of street art: guests are free to talk with the artists and ask them questions about their work and life.
December: Artsy Party with TechCrunch x TOA
We wrapped up the year with a couple of interesting bookings for events. One of them was the TechCrunch Disrupt x TOA afterparty for which Frollein Motte, Anna Morley and Cellolitis performed. The evening was a perfect mix of experimental art with a touch of technology and dreamy performances.
That’s it for 2017! We had an amazing year and we can’t wait to get into 2018 with even more projects and dreams in mind. And we feel extremely thankful for being able to empower artistic talent on a daily basis and make art a bit more accessible every day.
How was your year? Have you had enough art in 2017? If not, get inspired by having a look at our portfolio and let us know what artist you want to book in 2018!