Takeover Fest

Takeover Fest
29 — 30 Apr 2023

Sinel de Cordes Palace, Lisbon, Portugal

The Lisbon Triennale invited Forecast Berlin to take over the Sinel de Cordes Palace for one weekend, to discover and promote audacious initiatives developing sustainable strategies for better coexistence. 

Forecast is on the lookout for local approaches that work with – and not just in – their environment, and which employ daring ideas ranging from circular economy to collective action and more. What challenges do they tackle and what do they want to change? How and why do they work?

It doesn't matter whether these are traditional, long-established solutions or very recent, newly developed ones: individuals, businesses and associations from all sectors can be a part of this programme by answering an open call. 

At the end of April, anyone can join the Takeover Fest, the culmination of Blueprints for Agency, with an open programme comprising project activations, roundtable discussions and presentation of a collection of short documentaries celebrating this diverse pool of ongoing initiatives developed in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. In parallel, Forecast will provide each selected team with an experimental form of mentoring that is empowering, constructive and opens up new channels of knowledge and expertise. During the entire weekend, the Sinel de Cordes Palace’s cafeteria and bookstore will be open with new additions to its shelves brought by Forecast.


Saturday, 29 April

– Future Evolution: Public presentation of the selected initiatives followed by a plenary discussion of how the presented concepts might also apply in different regions or could deal with different issues. In which other contexts can there be possible applications for the method proposed, where and for which challenges could this solution be useful?

Sunday, April 30

– Forecast Condensed: A transdisciplinary cohort of mentors will provide the teams selected through the open call with feedback on specific project-related questions and suggest perspectives for their further development in a workshop.

– Forecast is present: Introducing Driving the Human: Seven Prototypes for Eco-social Renewal, a three-year initiative started by Forecast that concludes this year with a book launch, and a sneak preview of the follow-up initiative Grounding the Human. Followed by a talk between Freo Majer (founder and artistic director of Forecast) and Manuel Henriques (executive director of the Lisbon Triennale).

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