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Cities Ahead

Cities Ahead is a European programme initiated by the Goethe-Institut that promotes the transformation of creative places. Its aim is to transform the city into an ideal ecosystem for culture and creativity, harnessing its full potential for global dissemination and international cultural cooperation. Logroño, as the host city of Concéntrico – International Festival of Architecture and Design, will act as a pioneer of the programme in Spain. 

Open Call Logroño

Cities Ahead is launching an open call for international creatives to propose participatory actions for the transformation of the public space, integrating aspects of urban innovation and sustainable/ecological development. This call aims to put the citizens of Logroño at the centre of the city's future. By implementing a participatory artistic, activist or any other creative action in Logroño, the city will become a vivid marketplace for new ideas, tools and formats. The project puts the initiatives of artists, designers, activists and other creatives in dialogue with the citizens of Logroño. The current challenges of insufficient investments, deterioration of shared values and shrinking public spaces are prevalent in many cities and will be tackled in Logroño through participatory practices that support ecological, economic and social sustainability. Being engaged in the development, production and adoption of public spaces will lead to a greater sense of responsibility and belonging among the citizens.

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Funding conditions

Three projects by creatives from all over the world with experience working in public spaces and using a participatory method, for example including citizens and/or the municipality in their work.
We fund innovative and participatory practices with the aim of transforming the public space and helping to make it more creative, humane, sustainable and egalitarian. The proposed practice must be adapted to the local needs of Logroño and its citizens. From all applications, a jury will choose three practices that will be invited to come to Logroño and adapt their practice to the local context. To do so, the creatives will work closely with local stakeholders. The selected proposals will be carried out in Logroño during Concéntrico 09 – International Architecture and Design Festival, which will take place from 27.04. to 02.05.2023.

Each of the selected projects will receive 2,000 € as a project fee and 2,000 € for the execution of the project on site, which includes a lump sum for travel expenses and any additional material or development costs.
  • Experience working with creative and innovative processes in public spaces 
  • Quality and sustainability of the project proposal 
  • Plausible concept and feasibility in terms of time, staffing and resources 
  • Participatory dimension of the project during implementation 
  • A creative and innovative project proposal 
Completed online application form, which includes: 
  • Description of the project (max 2,000 words) with additional documents (PDF format) or links to images, sketches and graphic material for full understanding 
  • Examples of previous work experience and impact (photos, videos, website, articles, ...) in 250 words maximum
  • Timetable for implementation
  • Methodology
  • First and last names of the authors
  • First and last names of team members (CVs of all team members, max 150 words per team member)
  • Execution and development budget in euros (taxes included)
  • Institutions, entities or associations that have supported the project, if applicable 
  • Grants or subsidies received, if any
  • Academic frameworks to which the project has been linked, if any
  • Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is 10 January 2023 at 23:59 hours CET. 
  • Selected projects will be announced by the end of January 2023. 
  • The practices will be presented during the 2023 edition of Concéntrico from 27 April to 2 May 2023. 
  • The application must be submitted in English. 
  • The names of those selected will be announced by the end of January 2023. The authors of the selected projects will be notified personally and the information will be made public on the website www.citiesahead.eu.

Application deadline

Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is 10 January 2023 at 23:59 hours CET.


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