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Summer 2013 at Strelka is devoted to how events, phenomena and processes taking place today will change the future. Predicting the future may be impossible, but architecture, design, music and technology can change the course of time.

One of our headline guests this summer, 2013 Pritzker Prize winner Toyo Ito, says that as cities become more homogenous, so is life within them. The same, he says, is happening to people themselves – we’re increasingly indistinguishable, and increasingly out of touch with nature.

Fixing this is possible, however, and we intend to start doing so with a massive party that will, if just for a brief moment, restore variation and colour to your life.

This summer Strelka’s public programs will be examining border zones and waste management, global changes and the environment, arts festivals and new technologies, urban food and the profession of city planning. You will be able to learn and debate about all these and more at lectures, workshops, festivals, “four by four” discussions and round tables.

The new season kicks off on May 24 with special guests Chrome Hoof, a group who embody the most insane ideas in music. The dress code is neon cocktail. That means bright, elegant and comfortable for dancing, which will be provided by the Athenian DJs and fashionistas Amateur Boyz.

Chrome Hoof are an experimental orchestra from London whose music lies somewhere at the intersection of free-jazz, prog-rock, psychedelia and disco. Founded in 2000 by brothers Leo and Milo Smee, Chrome Hoof has acquired an impressive team of musicians – and fans – from around the world. Fusing saxophone, violins, drum machines and funk vocals by lead singer Lola, this is music for a futuristic jam in the middle of a desert between Sun Ra, Pink Floyd and Donna Summer.

Amateur Boyz are a DJ and promoter duo from Athens. Spiros Pliatsikas and Thodoris Dimitropoulos started out organizing parties in the underground clubs, strip bars and porn cinemas of Athens, and ended up producing some of the freshest music nights the Greek capital has seen. They’ve featured at the first Athens Biennale, played at the Berlin Berghain, and were amongst the first to start doing full-on audio-visual experiences.