Workshop Mirjam Manusama - MOMO Festival 2023 - Melanie Marsman


Here’s your opportunity to show your ideas to a diverse and engaged audience. Selected projects will receive a fee and will be part of MOMO’s largest event: MOMO Festival in April 2024.


Each year we host artistic projects at MOMO Festival submitted through an open call. We ask creatives to enter by sending their concept/ideas inspired by this year’s theme: Transcendence. Transcendence is all about going beyond the limits of the ordinary, and experiencing moments of profound insight, spiritual awakening or a sense of connection to something greater, more profound and phenomenal. Read more about the open call and this year’s theme below.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for artistic and creative projects that transcend the ordinary. Whether it is through an audiovisual installation, a performance, a workshop, or something in-between, we invite you to share your ideas that go beyond boundaries and turn the ordinary into extraordinary.

In our selection process, we consider the project’s relevance to theme, artistic quality, feasibility and its potential to enrich the festival program and resonate with the MOMO audience. Tell us how your project connects to the theme and how it will contribute to the MOMO experience! 

Who can apply?

Artists, creatives, and makers from all backgrounds are welcome to apply!

We embrace a wide range of artistic and creative expressions and accept submissions from solo artists, duos, or collectives. We are open to applications from everywhere, but it’s particularly advantageous if you live in and/or have a connection with MOMO’s city: Rotterdam. 

What do we offer?

If you are one of the Open Call winners your project will be on the line-up of MOMO Festival 2024, and you will also receive curatorial, technical and production support from the MOMO team. You will also receive an artist contribution of €250 and a production budget of maximum €500 to present your project at MOMO Playground, or in one of our venue collaborators during MOMO Festival 2024.

Please note that if your project involves more than four collaborators, you will receive a flat fee of €1000 as the artist fee. Production budget includes materials, construction, rehearsals and rentals and anything you may need in order to produce and implement your project, and will be decided based on each project’s needs. 

When is the deadline?

The application deadline is December 3, 2023, make sure to submit your application before the deadline.

What is the procedure?

  • November 17, 2023: Inspiration Meeting
    Join our inspiration meeting to learn more about the procedure and get inspired. You can register by sending us an email via 
  • December 3, 2023 11:59 PM: Submission Deadline 
  • December, 2024: Selection Process
    We will review all submissions carefully and initially select 10 submissions.
    Two will be selected by the MOMO jury and one will be selected by the MOMO community via public vote.
    MOMO jury for the final selection consists of Margriet Colenbrander (business director), Enoma Amayo (head of program), Ezgi Aktug (curator open call), Nikki Georgiou (advisor open call), and Carly Rutten (head of production). 
  • January 8-15, 2024: Online Voting
    We will open up the selection process to the MOMO community via online voting.
    The online voting will run for a week with ten selected submissions.  
  • January 26, 2024: Meeting the selected artists
    Mark your calendar for this day, as we will be meeting the selected artists and discuss the details. January – April, 2024: Production phase
    Develop and finalize your project to showcase during MOMO Festival 2024 with support and guidance from the MOMO team. 
  • April 18-19-20, 2024: MOMO Festival



This year’s theme: Transcendence

Transcendence is when the ordinary becomes extraordinary. It is that moment when you watch the starry night sky and feel a deep sense of connection with the whole universe; or that moment when you feel spiritually elevated during a cathartic experience, a meditation session or a religious ceremony; or when you lose yourself while doing what you love or loving what you do with a sense of clarity and joy. 

Transcendence refers to the notion of going beyond the limits and boundaries of the human condition, seeking a higher state of being or consciousness, experiencing moments of profound insight, spiritual awakening or a sense of unity. Whether through contemplative rituals, art, connecting with nature, or daily peak moments and flow states, transcending experiences provide a sense of connection to something greater, more profound and extraordinary. 

Transcending experiences

The philosophical concept of transcendence resonates deeply with the fundamental human need for meaning and purpose. From the pressures of everyday life in an increasingly globalised and digitalised world to the existential threats posed by climate crisis, global pandemics and social inequalities. In this complex and interconnected world, the pursuit and experience of transcendence can offer moments of solace. Transcending experiences remind us that, despite the challenges, uncertainties and anxieties of everyday existence, there are profound dimensions of human experience that can help us find connection, purpose, and resilience. 


We invite you to interpret the theme through your own creative practice and form. We would love to see your work and ideas, this might be your chance to show your work at MOMO festival 2024!

How do I apply?

Fill out the application form and submit a document that includes detailed description of the project and how it aligns with the theme of transcendence. Make sure to include a short (artist) bio, relevant examples of your previous work as well as supporting materials to explain your project in the document. Please note that the application and communication language is English. You can find the link to submit your work below. 

Questions? Get in touch with us

Do you have questions about the process or the theme, or need some more inspiration? Open Call coordinator Ezgi is happy to help, feel free to reach out via  

We look forward to seeing your ideas,