From February 28 to March 4, the multifaceted music, art and discourse programme will play out in and around the Schloßberg of Graz.
For the second consecutive time, Elevate will be heralding the arrival of spring. In 2018, the festival for contemporary music, arts and political discourse will go down in its new time slot in early March.
Topic of the year 2018: Risk/Courage
In 2018 the Elevate Festival will be focused on two fundamental terms of the modern age: risk and courage. Both stand for personal responsibility, progress and engagement. Courageous are those that boldly do good. Risk is an integral part of human life – it stems from unreason, but can also move mountains. How do both of these concepts relate to each other? What risks do human rights activists, journalists and whistleblowers all over the world take? In a time when humanity is fac with cataclysmic boiling points – from climate change to the decay of democracy and the rise of extremism – perhaps there is a need for more courage towards unconventional solutions? Or is a measured and centrist approach more effective?
From 20 October through 23 October 2016, the annual Elevate festival will take place in Graz, Austria. Elevate is an interdisciplinary festival for electronic music, art and political discourse and this installment’s main focus lies on the We Are Europe initiative.
Elevate is an annual festival held in various central venues around the Schlossberg in Graz, Austria. With its unique combination of critical poltical discourse and contemporary music and art, the Elevate Festival stands out of the “usual” festival circus. The organizational body is a not-for-profit association. Therefore all the discourse and film programme of the festival is free of charge.
Political Discourse & Activism
With an extensive programme of discussions, workshops, lectures, and film screenings, the Elevate Festival wishes to foster a better understanding of the most important issues of our time. This includes is a conscious focus on groundbreaking alternatives, innovative projects, and various intiatives in the realm of civil society, social movements and dedicated activism.
Democracy, civil society, crises and the apocalypse – with topics such as these the Elevate Festival has always strived to analyze current social, economic and ecological developments. But more importantly, its aim is to present alternatives,which can contribute to a better future for everyone.
The emphasis on collective self-empowerment and the firm belief that the creation of a sustainable society depends on every individual as well as on their collaboration, forms the central leitmotif of Elevate.