Every month, 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 taking place in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Our calendar is a collection of the most inspiring events from the Forward universe. The kind of calendar that brings you forward.


Ars Electronica

Ars Electronica 2020 is a journey mapping the “new” world and a journey through “Kepler’s Gardens,” which are located in Linz at the JKU Campus and at 120 other locations worldwide. In the course of this journey, the important questions of our time will be discussed, questions raised by the global corona crisis, and it will be considered what can and must be done now. All the issues touched upon are marked by a general UNCERTAINTY and the question of how the crisis will shape and change us as individuals and as a society, us as HUMANITY. The focus will be put on two areas of tension in particular: AUTONOMY and DEMOCRACY as well as TECHNOLOGY and ECOLOGY.


Date: September 9th – 13th
Place: JKU Campus, Linz
More info here

Indiecon Germany



Indiecon is a two-day publishing festival set at Hamburg’s Oberhafen, a former freight yard now a creative quarter right in the city center. Its mission is to bring together independent publishers from all over the world and share the ideas usually bound on paper.

We are happy to announce that we will be part of this year’s edition as well, so if you are in Hamburg come by and say Hello!


Date: September 5th, 10 am – 10 pm and Sunday, September 6th, 10 am – 4 pm
Place: Oberhafen, Hamburg
More Infos here.


Parallel Vienna



PARALLEL VIENNA presents young and emerging as well as established artistic practices and brings together art initiatives of every kind – art associations, galleries, project spaces, off spaces, and artist spaces –, both Austrian and international, all under one roof. It thus combines local artistic creation with international trends and contributes to building networks and fosters exchanges between artists, curators, collectors, and exhibition visitors.


Date: September 22nd – 27th
Place: Wiener Gewerbehaus, Vienna
More info here


Liste Showtime – Liste Basel



This new initiative Liste Showtime showtime.liste.ch is an online platform for 72 international galleries, where they present one artist from their program in detail and offer works for sale. At the same time, it is a collaborative artist project in which artists selected by the galleries will address the theme “Rewriting Our Imaginations” in the form of a poster. The posters will be shown and sold online as well as on view in public space in Basel from 2–15 September 2020.


Date: until 10.01.2021
Place: online
More Infos here.


curated by

curated by is the gallery festival with international curators in Vienna. With around 24 participating galleries in and around Vienna, curated by is the biggest gallery festival in Austria.



Date: September 8th – 26th, Tue – Sat, 12pm – 6pm
Place: different locations in Vienna (more information here )


James Turell – The circular glass


Häusler Contemporary is starting the new season with a solo exhibition by James Turrell. With selected works by Turrell, the show documents many years of groundbreaking artistic research on the subject of light and allows us to experience this at first hand in the exclusive presentation of the new type of work “The Circular Glass”.



Date: from September 11th
Place: Häusler Contemporary, Zurich
More Infos here.


Founders Lab – Creative Industries



Until 13.09. interested start-up projects from the creative industries can still apply for the Founders Lab – Creative Industries. The two-month program supports up-and-coming creative young entrepreneurs and founders with the concentrated knowledge of experts as well as the development of a network, in order to make their business idea become reality and to lift their strategic business development to the next level.



Date: until September 13th
Where: here.

Berlin Commercial Festival 2020


Empowered leaders make collaboration a priority especially when their industry is being disrupted.

This year’s Berlin Commercial Film Festival edition will take place throughout the city of Berlin: renowned production companies, agencies, and gallery spaces will open their doors for workshops, talks, screenings, exhibitions, networking, and more.



Date: September 7th – 11th
Where: On several locations in Berlin, more info here.