Impactful Festivals in Practice! | Open Call


Cultόpια is hosting the PractitionersLab "Impactful Festivals in Practice!" which will take place from July 4-7 2019 in Athens, Greece.


A four days PracticionersLab, exploring new tools and practices that enhance the impact of festivals in the local context. Taking as a canvas the lively festival scene of Athens and its peripheral regions during July, ‘Impactful Festivals in Practice’ aims to reconsider the four pillars of sustainability (cultural - social - economical - environmental) and co-create sustainable festival practices through cultural management strategies.

Kindly apply until Sunday, the 2nd of June 2019, via this link.


Festivals actively contribute to the cultural life of a region. Whether small or big, local or international, festivals create a temporary space for coexistence/common experience, exchange and the cultivation of new ideas and perspectives. Such events have a transforming potential in many ways. Festivals are a great medium for community building, local economy boosting, they contribute to the city’s authentic character and due to their intense program can create an impactful buzz around a topic.

Looking at festivals’ potential and growth, questions of sustainability arise, in accordance to the ongoing debate on the sustainability of the cultural sector. In this context, we wonder: What are the recipes for an impactful festival? Can we examine sustainability in a holistic way and exchange practices that contribute to social integration, economic stability, environmental awareness and cultural development?


  • Co-create a sustainable framework for festivals
  • Learn strategies and approaches that are applicable for festival formats and integrate factors of social-economic-cultural-environmental sustainability
  • Generate a guide of sustainable practices
  • Combine study visits/ theory, case-study workshops and prototyping sessions
  • Create meaningful connections between the Lab participants
  • Introduce participants to the festival scene of Athens and its peripheral regions


15 practitioners from the cultural sector who have already hosted a festival or would like to in the future and have the same curiosity to understand and exchange knowledge on what a sustainable festival stands for. We are interested in forming a diverse group of alumni, who are able to contribute with practices and are eager to learn more about one or more of the four pillars of sustainability (social, cultural, economic, environmental), to apply them to their work.


Accomodation in twin-rooms during the PractitionersLab (July 4-7) will be covered for all members of the Bosch Alumni Network by the iac Berlin. Travel costs in 2nd class / economy class will be reimbursed with 75%. *Please select a climate-friendly and cost-effective mode of travel: e.g. go by train instead of flying, travel in economy and give preference to airlines with direct routes. Also, feel free to support a carbon offset program to compensate for your flight (see:  - ). 

We are looking forward to your applications!