The Forward Calendar brings you the most important events from our community. In contrast to regular event calendars, we don’t just collect an innumerable amount of exhibitions and conferences. Our calendar is a collection of the most inspiring events from the Forward universe. The kind of calendar that brings you forward.


London Design Biennale

(c) London Design Biennale


The London Design Biennale 2021 tries to find answers to the question “Can we design a better world?” With participants from across the globe, the event is set to discuss options for design in an age of crisis. London Design Biennale is a global gathering of the world’s most ambitious and imaginative designers, curators and design institutions.



Date: June 1st to 27th 2021
Place: Somerset House
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Barcelona Design Week

(c) Barcelona Design Week


The 16th edition of BDW will be held in two different moments: from 7 to 17 June, with a professional programme, and from 7 to 30 October, with the city festival.

The BDW 2021 slogan, “Think, Design, Act”, reflects a message that we want to convey at the present time to face the challenges that lie ahead: think on a design level, design and implement new solutions, models and environments more sustainable, economically viable and focused on the real needs of people. Design is a key ally for any sector, we are not talking only about objects, but about processes, innovation, sustainability and putting people at the center.



Date: June 7th to 17th 2021
Place: Barcelona
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Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival

(c) Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival


The Berlinale is set to happen June 9th to 20th and will show over 400 films in cinemas all over Berlin.



Date: June 9th to 20th 2021
Place: Berlin
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Nobuyoshi Araki at Galerie Westlicht

(c) Westlich: Nobuyoshi Araki


Nobuyoshi Araki (*1940) is one of the most influential contemporary Japanese artists. His works attract attention and controversy far beyond the classical photographic audience. Anlässlich seines 80. Geburtstages und entstanden in enger Kooperation mit Araki zeigt die Ausstellung ARAKISS ab 19. Mai im WestLicht erstmals Fotografien aus seiner neuesten, 2020 entstandenen Serie Paradise. Dabei werden die großformatigen Stillleben in den Kontext von Publikationen und Arbeiten aus sechs Jahrzehnten gestellt – von Arakis ersten Aufnahmen über berühmte Serien wie Sentimental Journey und Erotos bis zu seinen bekanntesten Bondage-Motiven.



Date: May 19th to August 1st
Place: Galerie Westlicht Vienna
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Vienna Biennale for Change


The Vienna Biennale for Change focuses on THE challenge of our times: the climate crisis. The motto “Planet Love” says it all: It means a fundamentally new relationship of humans to the earth, which instead of maximum resource exploitation aims at careful use of the earth and is supported by humility, respect and appreciation of its biological diversity and beauty. Climate care is reflected as a central aspect of PLANET LOVE and goes far beyond the decarbonization of economy and society; it encompasses the question of how we can put our relationship with the Earth on a sustainable foundation and always has social dimensions as well.



Date: May 28th to October 3rd 2021
Place: MAK – Museum for Applied Arts
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Short Film Festival Hamburg

(c) Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg


The Hamburg Short Film Festival is one of the most renowned and important European short film festivals. During the festival, 92 short films are being shown in three different competitions in various categories. All the movies are shown online, while the exhibition in the Open Space is open for visitors.



Date: June 1st to 7th 2021
Place: Online Happening
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Yayoi Kusama – Infinity Mirror Rooms

(c) Yayoi Kusama


If you happen to travel to London, don’t miss out on Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition “Infinity Mirror Rooms” at Tate Modern. It’s Tate Modern’s 20th anniversary and there is no better way of celebrating than with the great Japanese artist and her remarkable immersive art installations with a rare opportunity to step inside two of her immersive works: Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life, one of her largest, and Chandelier of Grief.



Date: May 18th to June 12th 2022
Place: Tate Modern London
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An Impossible Project

(c) Supersense


Who would have thought that seeing the “Impossible Project” on screen would be so difficult? Now, the film “Swimming against a digital tide” will finally be shown in cinemas all over Europe, portraying Florian “Doc” Kaps’ adventure of keeping Polaroid films alive. After six years in the making, the film is finally out!



Date: June 10th 2021 at 18:30
Place: Open Air Cinema at Augarten Vienna
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