NEU NOW is Amsterdam’s transdisciplinary art festival devoted to presenting the work of exceptional emerging artists. Every year, our international jury selects the best of graduating artists across Europe. We nurture the fluid character of the artistic disciplines by showcasing a cross-section of exciting developments on the contemporary art scene through a programme in which exhibitions, performances, workshops and artist talks converge to provide new perspectives. 

NEU NOW 2016 by Iris Duvekot

In addition to the main event in September and the online festival, we support emerging artists throughout the year. NEU NOW operates as a platform promoting artistic excellence and creating an (inter)national springboard for artists of the future. Select artists are invited to show their work and participate in residencies with our partners including Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Prix Europa Berlin and more.

Previous editions of the NEU NOW festival were held in Vilnius, Tallinn, Nantes, Porto, Amsterdam and Glasgow. In 2015 we returned to Amsterdam, excited to put down roots in one city.

NEU NOW is an initiative of ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts.

ELIA is the primary multidisciplinary membership organisation for higher arts education institutions with about 250 members in 49 countries. Founded in 1990, the ELIA network represents some 300,000 students in all art disciplines. 

ELIA advocates for the arts on the European level and creates new opportunities for its members through sharing knowledge, facilitating the exchange of best practices and stimulating academic innovation. ELIA has well-established partnerships with other networks and cultural organisations worldwide.

NEU NOW 2016 | festival impression 

NEU NOW 2016 | recap