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Open-Sourcing Festivals

How does an organisation open-source their cultural festival? Can we share the process for organising a festival, so that other groups can use it themselves? How do organisations support activities and events throughout the year? Can we share the process for sustaining ongoing programs, so that other groups can do this too?

These are the questions that five experimental art, design and technology organisations from the Pixelache Network are asking themselves and others, and exploring, through a mobile circuit of workshops and seminars organized across Europe during 2013-2015.

In the process, Piksel (NO), Pikslaverk (IS), Mal au Pixel (FR) and Pixelache (FI) will gradually be working towards ‘open-sourcing’ their festival skills and tools to provide them to their UK partner Access Space Network, who will test and utilise them in organising their first major digital culture festival, the closing event of this process.

Meanwhile, Access Space Network will share their approach to providing a contuning programme of openness – helping its partners to provide opportunities to learn, create and participate throughout the year. We hope this test implementation will refine our materials to be released for others to use and build upon. We are keen to capture the knowledge embodied in our respective workshops and festival production, and to share this with a broader range of users.

The starting point for Open Learning Steps and Open-sourcing Festivals is the context of experimental art, design and technology, and the role of organisations in this field in supporting open learning processes. Open Source and Free/Libre culture, spreading from software and hardware, to urban space and organisational issues, unites the partners; however the different node-organisations also bring together a variety of specialisms. Our common objective to co-produce a digital culture festival together is realised through seven learning steps, taking place in the different partner countries.

The project was launched last autumn during Piksel Festival 2013 in Bergen and will travel to Sheffied in the UK next. The website of the project will be made public during the coming weeks.

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  1. Posted January 27, 2014 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    I love your project. Especially the commitment to Open Sourcing your methods.

    I can’t see how to contact or contribute? I’m not in Europe so I can’t attend your events.
    I’ve organised a community cocreated festival based on Open Space philosophies and happy to share. (

    Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to talk!

    I assume you’re across Ouishare (, [freespace] ( SPARKcon (, the fringe festivals’ movement, Burning Man and other regional creative/music festivals (like
    You might also be interested in Lilian Ricaud’s pattern language project for cocreative events (

    All the best

    • agryfp
      Posted February 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      hi John, thanks for writing. Indeed with our Open-sourcing Festivals process it involves partners from Europe, but we appreciate hearing from others who have attempted similar processes. Write to office -at- to discuss more.

  2. Posted January 29, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Nice initiative…
    We are trying to do exactly the same here in Greece. We are doing for the 2nd year the CommonsFest which is about promoting the commons and of course the open source software/hardware culture and projects, the creative commons licenses and the P2P collaboration. Our festival is open sourced from beginning to end… from participation, all the content, the funding and the organization… So now we are also looking how to build an inventory of common goods shareable through a platform for open festivals. It would be nice to hear similar experiences!

    • agryfp
      Posted February 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

      Hi Dimitris! Thanks for your comment. CommonsFest that took place in Heraklion is one of our inspirations. Write to office at and we can have a conversation about shared ambitions.

    • Posted March 31, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Permalink


      Please see my comment below mentioning an open resource/role distribution inforgraphic that we envisage as a tool for OS creation of collaborative works and events aswell as a simple way to look at rsource distribution in general.

      Here is a (very) simple version as applied to a dance work:

  3. Posted February 18, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    As John said, I’m documenting innovating co-creative events and trying to identify free/libre recipes for them, you might be interested to have a look at the formats I’ve collected so far:

    (More about the context of the work:

  4. Posted March 31, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,

    I spent last week with a programming friend building a cakechart for particpatory and open budgeting, we are inking about its use in exactly this way, and will release under the cc peer production licence.

    I would love to chat to you about this, Go Team ! :)

  5. Posted March 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    To contact me email involuteconduit-at-gmail-dot-com

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