Mentorships for Audacious Minds

An Interdisciplinary Network for Knowledge Transfer

Forecast offers artists and creative thinkers from anywhere in the world the chance to work with accomplished mentors toward bringing their projects to fruition. Forecast transcends neatly defined disciplines and genres to provide insight into creative production processes, and carve out space for the questions on the minds of the next generation of trailblazers.

Over 400 creative minds from more than 180 cities around the world answered Forecast’s Open Call in 2018.

Accomplished Mentors Offer their Expertise

For each edition, Forecast selects six mentors of various disciplines who offer selected participants their expertise in specifying and realizing their project ideas. The following mentors are participating in the fifth edition of Forecast: chef Manu Buffara (Brazil), curator Koyo Kouoh (Cameroon), writer and researcher Evgeny Morozov (Belarus), visual artist and theater director Markus Öhrn (Sweden), musician Du Yun (China), and photographer and filmmaker Tobias Zielony (Germany).

Candice Breitz at Forecast Forum, 2019. Photo: Camille Blake.
Jon Stam and his mentor Tulga Beyerle. Photo: Kerstin Schomburg.
Curator Hou Hanru, a mentor in the second edition of Forecast. Photo: Kerstin Schomburg.
Jürgen Mayer H. and Bas Princen, mentors in the first edition of Forecast. Photo: Marcus Lieberenz.

From the Call for Proposals to the Forecast Festival

Each year, creative minds working in various disciplines are invited to submit project proposals via an open call. The selection process is two-tiered. First, the mentors carefully review all proposals and invite three nominees each to workshop with the mentor and present their ideas at the Forecast Forum in Berlin. At the conclusion of the Forum, each mentor chooses one mentee.

However, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Forecast has updated its format this year to decentralize its resources and enable an extended mentoring period for all 18 nominees through the end of October.

The mentors accompanied the projects remotely and selected one mentee each on November 1. Those six mentees’ projects will be further accompanied to completion, and presented at the Forecast Festival in April 2021, at radialsystem in Berlin. 

Forecast Forum 2015 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Photo: Marcus Lieberenz.


By linking cultural and social influences, especially in the context of co-productions, it is possible to free traditional habits and thought patterns from their shackles and to create new approaches. The Forecast festival has focused on precisely this with great success for a number of years now. It is a courageous and, above all, compelling idea to bring together young artistic talents from all over the world with mentors who then work together on transdisciplinary projects in a creative, open process. This enables young artists to develop their talents and ideas productively time and again. At the same time, the Festival can also serve as a springboard for a successful artistic career. Permit me to thank all of the participants and those responsible for the project for their commitment. I wish the artists every success for their future careers.
— Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Patron of Forecast

Young artists search for inspiring experiences, whereas established artists can stall within fads. Freo Majer’s concept to let young artists design the future under the mentorship of more established peers is right on target: authentic creativity and innovation always have to be provocative. Art by itself is consciously without aim, and therefore vital for our future. As Walter Benjamin stated: “Art is the governor of Utopia.”
— Prof. Dr. Hartmut Esslinger, HonRDI, Designer

The fourth Forecast Forum, July 2019


Under the auspices of

Heiko Maas
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs (Germany)