A unique opportunity to experience creative production

At Forecast, you can witness emerging talents coming from multiple disciplines developing their project proposals with renowned mentors.

Forecast offers insights into artistic production processes in a diverse variety of genres. As an international platform for knowledge transfer, Forecast reveals how creative decisions are reached and gives young talents from all over the world the opportunity to realize their own projects with the support of renowned mentors. More than 360 applicants from 70 countries responded to the international call for proposals and submitted their project ideas to the first edition of Forecast in 2015.

Forecast Forum

The mentors offered 30 participants the opportunity to introduce themselves and their ideas to the public at the Forecast Forum between 28 and 30 August. The HKW became a test lab and backdrop for their presentations and invited the public to experience the project proposals as models, videos or performances. In public discussions, the participants and mentors addressed contemporary issues in their respective fields, thereby making Forecast a shared space to come together and exchange views. At the end of the Forecast Forum, the mentors each selected one talent who they worked with in tandems to realize their proposed projects.

Forecast Festival

From September 2015 to February 2016, the selected participants got the opportunity to work closely with a personal mentor. They established a productive relationship with that mentor and benefited from this unique form of empowerment. Each tandem found its own way to collaborate and advance the project. Between 26 and 27 February, the tandems presented each of their projects during the Forecast Festival at the HKW: Performances, presentations or installations in any format were showcased for the public.

The call for proposal for the second edition opens in autumn 2016. The Forecast Forum will take place again at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in spring 2017 and the Forecast Festival will be held in November 2017.


When I learned of Freo Majer’s project at HKW, I was immediately convinced. Forecast helps young talents realize their dreams with the support and encouragement of inspiring mentors. The development of each of these mentees tells us stories about creativity – starting out with mere ideas that then develop into plans and successful projects. These synergetic effects deserve every support. I see great radiance evolving from the Forecast platform – far in excess of the art world and of Berlin as its site.
— Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Patron of Forecast

Young artists search for inspiring experiences, whereas established artists can stall within fads. Freo Majer’s concept to let young artists design the future under the mentorship of more established peers is right on target: authentic creativity and innovation always have to be provocative. Art by itself is consciously without aim, and therefore vital for our future. As Walter Benjamin stated: “Art is the governor of Utopia”.
— Prof. Dr. Hartmut Esslinger, HonRDI, Designer

Advisory Board

Stephan Abarbanell

Managing Editor of the Culture Department, Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting

Dr. Gerhard Brunner

Director Emeritus, Executive Master in Arts Administration, Zurich

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Dorgerloh

General Director of the Foundation for Prussian Palaces and Gardens

Martin Hoffmann

General Manager of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Prof. Barbara Kisseler

Minister for Cultural Affairs, City of Hamburg

Annette Kulenkampff

CEO, documenta Kassel

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Meinel

Director, Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Under the auspices of

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

German Foreign Minister

Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General of the Council of Europe


Forecast is a project by Skills e.V. in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt. It is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


The development and first edition of Forecast has been supported by: Goethe-Institute, Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Villa Schöningen, Metro cash & carry, Ambassadors Club, Polish Institute Berlin, Culture.pl, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Romanian Cultural Institute Berlin, Romanian Embassy in the Federal Republic of Germany, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Berlin.

Forecast is presented by rbb Fernsehen, kulturradio rbb (Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting) and brand eins.