CynetArt is an international festival for computer-aided art in Dresden, Germany. Since its inception in 1997, the festival has offered in-depth views of current developments around technology-based art, and has become the focal point for media research institute Trans-Media-Akademie (TMA) Hellerau. This collaboration has developed the festival into a countrywide and internationally recognised platform for digital culture.

In November every year, CynetArt brings together a lively mix of creative programmers, skilful engineers, innovative sound technicians and media artists from all over the world. The festival presents current trends in the artistic debate around, and application of, computer and network technologies.  Every two years the festival is accompanied by the international CynetArt competition. With a total prize money of 28,400 Euro it ranks among Europe’s top media art awards. An international expert jury chooses the winners of the CynetArt award from more than 300 submissions and 30 countries. It also awards a sponsorship prize and an artist-in-residence-scholarship funded by the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art.

CynetArt is a dynamic and energy-driven festival which thrives on its variety of international artists and visitors. It features the captivating architecture of the exceptional and authentic festival theatre Hellerau, and a program rich in contrast. The latter includes performances, exhibitions, lectures and workshops as well as electronic live concerts – altogether an exciting panorama.


Klaus Nicolai – head of the CYNETart festival (1997 – 2005)
Thomas Dumke – project management
Matthias Härtig – freelance worker  at the Trans-Media-Akademie
Endre Ketzel – Technical management
Nadine Bors
Joanna Szlauderbach – project assistant – E.C.A.S. cultural worker in residence
Parsec Monitor – webprogrammer, social media expert
Kerstin Grosch – finance management

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  • Address: Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau E.V. Karl-Liebknecht Strasse 56, 01109, Dresden, Germany
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  • Phone: +49-3 51-8 89 66 65, fax: +49-3 51-8 89 66 67
  • Next festival: 14 - 20 November 2013
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