NEU NOW is Amsterdam’s international art festival devoted to presenting the work of exceptional emerging talents advancing from art academies across Europe and beyond. A curated selection of artists is brought together to share their works, practices and cultural perspectives in ways that encourage future collaborations. NEU NOW highlights the fluid character of the artistic disciplines to present a programme in which exhibitions, performances, workshops, films and artist talks converge to provide new perspectives and future opportunities.
In addition to the main event in September, NEU NOW supports emerging artists throughout the year. NEU NOW operates as a platform promoting artistic excellence in theatre, dance, visual arts, music and film, creating an (inter)national springboard for artists of the future. Cutting edge presentations and activities feature artwork that questions, comments on and challenges recent developments in the world. Additionally, selected artists are invited to show their work and participate in residencies with partners of NEU NOW including FOAM Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Southbank London, Prix Europa Berlin, and more.
Previous editions of NEU NOW were held in Vilnius, Tallinn, Nantes, Porto, Amsterdam and Glasgow. In 2015 the festival returned to Amsterdam, excited to put down roots in one city and show the work of emerging European artists in the dynamic spaces of the Westergasfabriek.
NEU NOW is an initiative of ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts.