Transectorial festivals

Zoé Leme Aubril - 17 Aug 2023

As we go about our daily lives, we face different obstacles and numerous challenges. To tackle these issues, different sectors work to provide innovative solutions. Festivals represent one great chance to promote and strengthen collaboration between the artistic field and other sectors, reassess our present reality, and foster fresh options.

Let’s explore some of those festivals today!



30 Jun 2023 - 27 Aug 2023 | Dublin 2, Ireland

Vibrant, friendly, all-inclusive: a festival for all to enjoy. This year’s edition brings to Ireland contemporary photography by celebrated artists from diverse cultural backgrounds through a series of guest-curated exhibitions by internationally established curators. It includes newly commissioned and rarely seen works, and hundreds of publications to discover at the art book fair, alongside an engaging public talks programme with a series of discursive events taking place online and in-person.

The interlinked and collaboratively conceived two main exhibitions are organised by international curators Catherine E. McKinley and Renée Mussai, with artists Aida Silvestri, Atong Atem, Bernice Mulenga, Frida Orupabo, Heather Agyepong, Hélène Amouzou, Lola Flash, Mónica de Miranda, Phoebe Boswell, Silvia Rosi, Zanele Muholi, and others to be announced.

Artist Ethel-Ruth Tawe delves into Ben Krewinkel’s Africa in the Photobook and Rubén H. Bermúdez presents a solo show around his book And you, why are you black?

You can find the details of their programme here



Electropixel Festival #13

07 Jul 2023 - 27 Aug 2023 | Nantes, France

Electropixel is part of an international network of electronic arts festivals. The festival opens a singular space allowing the meeting of artists (audiovisual, musicians, visual artists, intermedia, performers, etc.), theoreticians, programmers, hackers, and inventors of all stripes and factories of everyday life.

This new edition Le Chant des Forêts aimed to show the wealth of artistic works that exist in tune with the world and the relationship that artists have with trees. For many years, sound and intermedia artists have been listening to the inaudible sounds of our environment such as rivers, trees, stars, insects, animals. From this relationship to listening, artists are able to create new artistic forms.

The aim of the festival this year is to share this experience of listening to our environment through residencies and broadcasts across the region and Europe. Artistic works that use sounds, new media and work with the relationship to the environment open the public's awareness and imagination to their interactions with so-called natural or semi-natural environments. Electropixel creates new meeting spaces between public and artists on the basis of shared experiences in several contexts.

You can find their full programme here.

Picture: Electropixel Facebook page

Science in the city

Science in the City

29 Sep 2023 - 30 Sep 2023 | Il-Ħamrun, Malta

Science in the City 2023 – Changemakers!

The Science in the City (SitC) Festival has been building bridges between researchers, artists and the community for over ten years, setting up a magical weekend in the streets and historical buildings in Valletta. This festival is a project co-funded by the European Union’s research and innovation programme, in the frame of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. It is part of the EU-wide celebration, European Researchers’ Night that takes place on the same weekend.

For the past three years, the Science in the City team has seen the need to engage, empower and enable citizens with science and the arts, to equip them with creativity, innovation and critical thinking. Their goal is that citizens can use research-based knowledge to help them identify the distinctive political, social, environmental, and technical challenges and opportunities that we face to become the changemakers the world so desperately needs.

This year’s festival will continue to work towards this goal, in the hope that the community will be better equipped to influence policies and decisions that affect them at every level.

Read more about this festival here.

Find more about The European Researchers' Night here.



Piksel 2023

23 - 26 Nov 2023 | Bergen, Norway

Piksel is an international network and annual event for electronic art and technological freedom. It is a festival aimed at artists and developers working with free/open source software, hardware, and art.

Piksel slogans and festivals logos have over the years represented the ‘zeitgeist’ we are living in: from economical crisis – (Un) stable, Kernel Panic! – to the rise of new technologies such as artificial intelligence -Get A-life!-, from climate change – ZERO-level, e/co,li:b-re.bel – and biogenetic – Get infected! – to fake news -Buzzocrazy! – , bitcoins -We Take EmoCoin! – and the importance of the commons -fre {op} [en] able, Re: public-, while defending the use of free /libre technologies as a way to demonstrate equality and sustainability values.

Part workshop, part festival, it involves participants from more than a dozen countries exchanging ideas, coding, presenting art and software projects, doing workshops, performances and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of free technologies.

Piksel wants to commemorate their 20th anniversary with a program that reflects the festival’s main themes presenting the electronic art practices through art projects, exhibitions, workshops, artists talks, and live concerts.

You can find the full programme here.

Picture: Piksel Facebook page



31 Aug 2023 - 09 Sep 2023 | Logroño, Spain

FITLO is a festival that deals with important social questions and issues. The festival has established itself as a cultural and artistic referent both nationally and internationally.

This edition will bring the opportunity to gather artists and spectators from different origins, in response to a non-stop world. FITLO will help build bridges between cultures, perspectives, ways of thinking, reflections, and performances in a collaborative way to deepen matters of great importance, such as migration and identity. Art has a strong commitment to society, and FITLO aims at opening a window where a common space is found, shared and understood.

FITLO offers a wide and varied program, which is attractive to different types of public and fuels the desire of citizens to learn about current stage trends. The program of shows is complemented by a series of parallel activities such as workshops, conferences, meetings with the creators and production spaces. 2023 will be the year to celebrate FITLO's seventh edition. Don't miss it!

Find the full programme here.