Imagining Futures: What If? Rethinking Europe’s independent festival landscape

In 2021 in partnership with the Goethe-Institut London and Transform in Leeds, EUNIC London gathered twelve innovative performing arts festivals from across Europe to rethink the independent festival landscape. Through digital and in-person residencies, the network explored what happens when you rewrite the festival rule book with care, well-being and sustainability at the core. The Imagining Futures: What If? publication gathers the many provocations, inspirations and ideas discussed and hopes to inspire and inform working practices of cultural institutions across Europe. Listen to the audio version of the publication now.

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Monday May 09, 2022

A new publication created by members of the Imagining Futures network, a EUNIC London funded project in partnership with the Goethe-Institut London and Transform Festival, Leeds UK A year into the Covid-19 pandemic, Imagining Futures brought together twelve innovative performing arts festivals for a pan-European experiment: a future-focused network that offered its participating festival directors and artists a deep listening space and a moment to be together, think together, and dream different futures.  Care, well-being, and sustainability became prominent topics across the series of digital and in-person residencies. Together the participants considered how to share power, how to leave behind the inherited structures and ideologies that so many cultural institutions adhere to, above all how to rip up the rule book and work instead with radical new ideas and provocations that might transform ‘what is’ into ‘what if’. The many provocations, inspirations, examples of existing good practice and desired ‘what ifs’ discussed by the network have been gathered into a new publication that aims to continue to inspire and inform the working practices of festivals, cultural institutes and associated organisations across Europe and beyond. Listen to the audio version of the publication now. 

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