Forward Festival Hamburg


About Forward Festival Hamburg

The Forward Festival stands for interesting talks and personal interaction with the most renowned minds from the fields of design, creativity, and communication, who reveal their experiences, personal success, and learnings to the audience. Stay tuned for more info, it's going to be a festival season full of pleasant surprises!



Learn more about Snask

SNASK is your future romance. A creative agency of misfit geniuses conquering the world through fine lookin’ design and real emotions. To worry about what people think of them they see as a waste of time. As long as they stay true to themselves, they are living their dream.

Learn more about Boogie

Boogie was born Vladimir Milivojevich in Belgrade, the capital of what was then Yugoslavia. He began photographing rebellion and unrest during the civil war that ravaged his country during the 1990s. Growing up in a war-torn country defined Boogie’s style and attraction to the darker side of human existence. His fearless photographs involving drug use, New York gang culture, death and overall uncomfortable yet fascinating situations.

Drieke Leenknegt
Learn more about Drieke Leenknegt

Drieke’s worldview comes from a 20-year career at Nike where she held leadership positions in Europe, China, and the U.S. in communications, product, marketing, and GM roles. She led a unique portfolio of collaborations for one of the worlds’ most dynamic brands by leveraging a distinct global network of innovators, creatives, influencers, and business leaders. Strategic and intuitive, she loves to create a vision and translate it into action by working with a diverse group of people.

Drieke Leenknegt speaks about The Intersection of Art and Science: Unlocking the Power of Cross-Pollination and Collaboration to Elevate Brands, Businesses and Human Potential

The Intersection of Art and Science: Unlocking the Power of Cross-Pollination and Collaboration to Elevate Brands, Businesses and Human Potential
Drieke Leenknegt’s keynote is about the fundamentals behind successful partnerships between brands and creatives. It’s about the ins and outs of great collaborations and how each is an integration of things, thoughts and people that are brought together in different and meaningful ways. Leenknegt is a Global Executive in marketing and management with the unique ability to bring creative and business worlds together.

Florian Kaps
Learn more about Florian Kaps

Florian Kaps got his senses hooked on „real things“ in 2001, when he first dived into the magic of analog photography as leading manager of the Lomographic Society, developing their worldwide online community and shop platform. Being attracted by the exercise of running into the opposite direction since his childhood, he reacted to the digital revolution by saving the last Polaroid production plant and founding The Impossible Project in 2009. Thanks to that there’s still Polaroid film in today’s digital world.

of International Magic
Learn more about Adam Rodgers, Stefan Endress & Ben McKinnon

International Magic is an experience design studio, playing with emerging technologies and socio-cultural cues to melt boundaries between the physical and digital worlds.

Learn more about Rizon Parein

3D designer and illustrator Rizon Parein has come a long way from working in the construction industry after dropping out of high school at 17 years old. Over the years, Parein has managed to take his talent and passion for graffiti from the streets of Belgium to the forefront of the world of design and advertising.

Learn more about Jim Stoten

He describes himself as an Artist who used to be sad but now he is happy.

Jim Stoten speaks about All the horses

All the horses
Jim‘s talk is about ignoring your inner critic, embracing every single idea in your head and letting go of any idea that you will be a great creative force in the world.

Learn more about Kim Boutin & David Broner

Working within a framework of digital experiences, their practice incorporates art direction, 3D rendering, animation, interactive installation, and user experience design. They developed their unique design approach and aesthetic by relentlessly asking themselves: how can we turn digital interfaces into virtual worlds?

Learn more about Jonathan Castro

Jonathan Castro is a graphic designer from Lima, Perú based in Amsterdam. Jonathan uses graphic design as a colorful depiction of a living spirit always moving in search of new possible visual futures, tools and languages. As a graphic designer, he worked for Metahaven, Studio Dumbar, Bureau Borsche and The Rodina. Currently participant of the Jan Van Eyck Academie residency focusing his research in the symbology, music, rituals, and traditions of the precolonial history in Perú to develop a hybrid concept, between the ancient and future questioning the relationship between aesthetics, fiction, rhythm, and spirituality.


Student Early Bird Ticket: 75€ Student Ticket: 95€ Early Access Mega Early Bird Ticket: 175€ Mega Early Bird Ticket: 175€ Early Bird Ticket: 235€ Regular Ticket: 299€ 4+1 Student Ticket: 76€ 4+1 Group Ticket: 239€ Late Bird Ticket: 359€ Irregular Ticket: 399€


Millertor Stadion
Heiligengeistfeld 1
20359 , Sankt Pauli, Hamburg

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