The MOMO OPEN CALL is back! Will you present your performance, installation or project during MOMO Festival 2023 (13-15 April) in Rotterdam?

MOMO Festival invites you to apply to this year’s Open Call under the topic of Identity.
How do we identify and how do others identify us? How may our identity adjust or evolve throughout our lifetime? Will it be due to social encounters or acculturations? Will we be privileged to have an awareness of the process and the choice?

Each artist/artistic group will receive a fee of max 1000 euros in order to present to the public their creative ideas; will it be an audiovisual installation or performance, a gig, or a big-scale sculpture; will it be at MOMO Playground (Schouwburgplein), in one of our venue collaborators or somewhere in the centre of Rotterdam? Well, this is for you to decide! 

Whoever you are and whatever your creative practice is, we are looking for you!

Identity is what defines us and makes us unique. 

However, it is also what connects us with other people, the ones with the same characteristics and thus makes us a group, a collectivity. This way we feel we belong and this is all a person ever wants, right?

Identity though is fluid, it consists of our social and cultural interactions throughout life; a person is influenced by family, school, friends, work, ethnicity, class, generation and gender. The geographical area and the physical context have agency over our identity, as well as our digital environment and interaction. The online influence, combined with the need to belong, can even have a stronger impact than our own family or location for example. The digital persona and the possibilities these environments provide have changed enormously how we identify and behave, digitally or not.

The factors influencing us are countless as also their driving forces. The climate crisis, the increasing migration, worldwide digitalisation, even our diets, can introduce us to new identities that haven’t existed before. However, encountering such diversity also conflicts with assimilation, as one may not feel thoroughly accepted by either group or culture. 

Our society was initially created to distinguish one from another, in order to separate different groups and understand where we belong. But, can’t we tear down the tradition and create a new situation where being bicultural, for instance, expresses the culture one chooses to identify with? A culture that may differ from one’s origins or birthplace. Can we completely strip off stereotypes in identifying?

What you get

Make your idea as specific as possible. Describe your plan in a PDF or video and include:


Want to know more & get inspired?

Inspiration Meetup! On Thursday the 17th of November at 18.30 we are organising an online inspiration meetup for anyone who wants to respond to this open call and wants to know more or has questions. Please sign up via opencall@motelmozaique.nl until the 14th of November.




We are happy to help you for more information and/or advice: you can mail Nikki at opencall@motelmozaique.nl.

All submissions are reviewed by a Motel Mozaïque jury, consisting of Harry Hamelink (artistic director), Margriet Colenbrander (business director), Nikki Georgiou (curator open call), Enoma Amayo and Carly Rutten (head of production).

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