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July 27, 2023
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Future Festivals Lab x MUTEK Forum 2023

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Sufficiency Workshop @ NEW NOW Festival 2023 © Photo: Dirk Rose / Stiftung Zollverein

About Future Festivals

Future Festivals is a research project funded by the Canada Arts Council, assembling a task-force of independent festival makers from Canada, Germany, and Mexico to collaboratively imagine how their work might evolve in the years and decades ahead.

Participating festivals include MUTEK (Montreal, CA), imagineNATIVE (Toronto, CA), Mois Multi (Quebec City, CA), MUTEK Mexico (Mexico City, MX), New Forms (Vancouver, CA), NEW NOW (Essen, DE), and Send+Receive (Winnipeg, CA) who draw on distinct curatorial agendas, communities, geographies and in many cases decades of institutional memory.

Future Festivals Lab

During the project’s co-design process in spring 2023, the partners identified shared challenges surrounding questions of accessibility, resilience and sustainability.

Over the next 18 months, each participating festival will host a Future Festivals Lab that gathers the group, their extended network and selected experts in addressing these fundamental questions of festival-making.

The goal: deeply analyze shared problems and prototype solutions—from immediate, easy to implement measures to more ambitious, long-term proposals.

Future Festivals Field Guide

The on-going documentation and publication is an inherent part of the project. Editorial and curatorial platform HOLO reports from these sessions in the form of the Future Festivals Field Guide, an expanding companion dossier that follows the project from start to finish.

Fields Guide

Future Festivals Lab @ MUTEK Forum 2023

Following the first Future Festivals Lab at New Now Festival in June 2023, the activities at MUTEK Forum 2023 are geared towards expanding the discussions beyond the core partners to the wider cultural milieu and our global network of festival-makers and cultural professionals.

The following activities are set to provoke a rethinking of festivals, to advocate for the work of festival makers and their challenges, to rejuvenate old and form new alliances, and ultimately to take steps towards Future Festivals.


Core Activities

KEYNOTE | Opening Talk: Festivals as Radical Rituals

Tuesday, August 22, 2023MUTEK Forum, Les 7 Doigts
10:30 am_11:00 am
Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson – Discwoman / DwellerLearn More

PANEL | Future Festivals: Forging new horizons

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
MUTEK Forum, Les 7 Doigts
11:00 am_12:00 pm
Naomi Johnson – imagineNative
Jasmin Grimm – New Now
David Lavoie – FTA
M: Maurice Jones – MUTEK
Learn More

NETWORKING | MUTEK Match (By invitation only)*

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
MUTEK Forum, Les 7 Doigts
9:00 am_11:00 am

ROUNDTABLE | (Jointly) Expanding orbits of future festivals

Thursday, August 24, 2023
MUTEK Forum, Les 7 Doigts
1:15 pm_2:45 pm
Cam Scott – send+receive
Damian Romero – MUTEK.MX
Kris Voveris – New Forms
Marie Pier Gauthier – Office national du film du Canada (ONF)
Kaitlyn Davies – Refraction
M: Greg J. Smith – HOLO
Learn More

WORKSHOP | Towards Future Festivals (By invitation only)*

Friday, August 25, 2023
Goethe-Institut Montréal
2:00 pm_5:00 pm

Associated Activities

KEYNOTE: Digital Art as a Business: XR in Focus

Thursday, August 24, 2023
MUTEK Forum, Les 7 Doigts
10:30 am_11:00 am
Anne Desponds – THE CATALYSTS
Learn More


Thursday, August 24, 2023
MUTEK Forum, Les 7 Doigts
11:00 am_12:00 pm
Winslow Porter – Forager | New Reality Company
Chris Salter – Zurich University of the Arts
Learn More

KEYNOTE | Finding our climate muse: A greener industry for electronic music

Friday, August 25, 2023
MUTEK Forum, Les 7 Doigts
11:00 am_12:00 pm
Eli Goldstein – Soulclap, DJs for Climate Action
Brighid Fry – Housewife | Music Declares Emergency Canada | Earth Percent
Learn More

* Contact

If you are interested in participating in these sessions or in the Future Festivals project, please reach out to

Maurice Jones, Project Lead, Future Festivals -
Sarah Mackenzie, Creative Director, MUTEK Forum -
Sarah-Ève Tousignant, Funding and Strategic Projects Manager -

MUTEK acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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