Festival X welcomes Martin Honzik as new CEO

Adgully Bureau |

Festival X, the pioneering interdisciplinary platform for media arts at the intersection of arts, science, and technology, proudly announces the appointment of Martin Honzik as its new CEO. With an illustrious career spanning over 20 years at Ars Electronica Linz, Martin Honzik brings a wealth of experience and a visionary approach to his new role at Festival X.

Festival X, established in 2022, and powered by LINKVIVA, has rapidly emerged as a beacon for innovation and creativity in the UAE and the wider region. Supported by key national stakeholders such as Alserkal Avenue, Dubai Economy and Tourism, Dubai Future Foundation, and PwC Middle East, as well as international partners and collaborators, one of which has been Ars Electronica, amongst other counterparts including the NODE Institute, Creative Robotics, Studio Brüll, and the University for Arts and Design Linz, Festival X has showcased groundbreaking works at the forefront of media arts.

Ars Electronica, the worldwide pioneering establishment with over forty years of experience in the field of media arts and innovation, has been a vital part of Festival X’s journey; and is also a reflection of Martin Honzik's expertise and support that has played a pivotal role in Festival X's growth and success, culminating in his appointment as CEO.

Reflecting on his decision to join Festival X, Martin Honzik stated:

“Festival X is full of ambition, idealism, and vision; Dubai and the region are full of uniqueness, potential, and possibilities. Helping to grow this place a center for digital culture and collaboration, and establishing a stage for media art is an inspiring task with lasting significance. Being part of this team and mission is an honor, motivates, and delights me greatly."

Amin Davaei, Co-founder and Director of Festival X, expressed his enthusiasm for Martin's appointment, stating: "Martin's vision and leadership will be instrumental as Festival X enters a transformative phase. Together, we are poised to shape the future of media arts and propel the UAE onto the global stage."

As Festival X prepares for its upcoming editions, the appointment of Martin Honzik signals a new chapter in the evolution of media arts in the UAE. With his guidance, Festival X is set to continue pushing boundaries, fostering creativity, and inspiring innovation in the years to come.