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Ankathie Koi, musician and host of this year's Elevate Festival opening-ceremony, in an Elevate-Interview about the Festival theme Human Nature.

Ankathie Koi will host the opening ceremony of Elevate Festival 2020 on Wednesday, 04.03.2020, at Orpheum Graz.


Elevate's festival theme 2020 is "Human Nature". What's your second thought about it?

For me human nature ist about emotions, intelligence and consciousness. It’s about making mistakes, learning through failure, gaining growth and of course about love. But I would note dare to claim, that these attributes may be the ones, which distinguish us from animals.

And your first?

Michael Jackson

Quo Vadis Humanity? In 2009 Elevate's main theme was the climate crisis. 10 years have passed. Whats your take on the next 10?

Puh, I rather not think about it ;) I think society is gonna be challenged a lot, right now we’re just in the eye of the hurricane.

The relationship of humans and technology - more reasons to be pessimistic or optimistic? Can you name some?

I’m clearly pessimistic about it, I am a pretty analog person. Technological innovations are created faster and faster and it has a drastic influence on people. People lost the ability of being bored and additionally their attention span decreased to like 5 seconds.

And our relationship with nature? Of course we are "part of it", but....where are we going?

I am gonna travel to Mars on Elon Musks spaceship. I don’t care what you’re gonna do if the planet ist burning. If humanity burns down this planet, and kills all their fellow inhabitants they have really earned their own extinction.

"Psycho-spiritual crisis", "a psychotic society",... How bad is the status quo of humanity?

We are all mad in here.

A message to the Elevate Festival community? What can we do?

Run as fast as you can and get a ticket to Mars ;) No, seriously, try to increase your mindfulness and take care of others.

Elevate features many amazing artists in the music & arts programme. Can we meet you on the Dancefloor too?

Of course! World’s never gonna be the same again, after I hit the dance floor. Better fix all loose things, I’m gonna roll it like a hurricane.


Ankathie Koi will host the opening ceremony of Elevate Festival 2020 on Wednesday, 04.03.2020, at Orpheum Graz

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