FORECAST FESTIVALS — TWO WEEKENDS OF BOUNDARY-PUSHING COLLABS WITH PERFORMANCES, FILMS AND DISCUSSIONS
Electronic music that incorporates traditional Finnish instruments. A film series that uses food to explore West African colonialism. And a graphic novel about a Black American GI in World War II. What could these three creative works possibly have in common? The answer is that they all feature in this year’s Forecast Festivals (01.–02.04. & 09.–10.04.2021). Over two weekends, 12 international artists, musicians and writers present innovative performances, artworks and talks streamed live from the former pumping station at Friedrichshain’s radialsystem. What’s special about the event is that each of the creatives has spent nine months working with a mentor to make their idea happen. Billed as “Mentorships for Audacious Minds”, Forecast was launched in 2014 with the aim of encouraging knowledge sharing in the arts.
The multidisciplinary program breaks down conventional genre boundaries and encourages diverse, political forms of creative inquiry. You see this in the projects themselves, such as the multimedia documentary work “Change Atlas” from Miami artist and researcher Sue Montoya who, under her mentor, artist Paolo Cirio, investigated the impact of rising sea levels on Florida communities and ecosystems. Montoya and 11 other creatives will be presenting their works over four nights that include all the performances from 2020’s postponed festival, meaning you can check out two years’ worth of creative collabs (full lineup here). And, who knows, if the work inspires you enough it could soon be you on stage presenting your own boundary-pushing project: Forecast has an annual Open Call for new projects every January.
Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Camille Blake & Adéola Ọlágúnjú