Dear visitors of the Forward Festivals,

dear lovers of creativity, design and communication,
Behind the scenes of Forward Festivals we’re constantly working on new ideas and improvements. Actually, you’re currently looking at one of them: we re-launched our website for Forward 2017 with first speaker announcements, happenings and much more. We’re stoked to have so many outstanding and internationally recognized creative minds on board!

And as you may have already guessed: We’re taking a further step towards internationalization by switching the event language and our communication to English.


New locations, more room, new partners

In 2017, for the first time ever, Forward Festival takes place not only in two, but three cities: Zurich here we come! We are excited to be the first creative festival to cover the whole German-speaking area and to welcome Swiss design lovers to our new location FREITAG F-actory @ NOERD.


Our Viennese und Munich festival will also come with a fresh look by taking them to new venues. It is particularly important to us to offer our guests more room for a bigger variety of interactive workshops, side events and our moon exhibition.

Our extended expo area will feature numerous interesting exhibitors from various creative disciplines such as graphic design, art and marketing. Moreover, there will be many interactive experiences (hint: bouncy house) and a special project in collaboration with MINI, our very own Creative Journey, a physical adventure that engages all your senses.

Our locations MAK – Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna and Alte Kongresshalle in Munich enable us to work together with new strong catering partners. Expect lots of tasty beverages and delicacies!


A well-defined program

More space in our new venues also means more room for a diverse program. In addition to the talks given by our main speakers, highlighting their success stories and creative inspiration, we will also offer special interest lectures and workshops. The latter are interactive, hands-on program items whereas our special interest lectures are smaller key notes treating a particular in-depth topic.


This differentiation is supported by next year’s schedule: from now on our festivals will take place on two stages – one stage will be exclusively reserved for talks, and the other one for special interest lectures and workshops.


Annual festival topic

Due to popular demand for the first time next year’s edition of Forward will feature an annual festival topic. When deciding on the subject we took a closer look at the creative industries as a whole. More about our festival topic will be announced with the launch of the next years festival design.


Fancy goodie bags for all of you

In 2016 goodie bags were handed out on a first come, first served basis, which resulted in not everyone being able to snatch one of the popular tote bags.

We will make sure that this won’t happen again! Plenty of bags filled with lovely Forward souvenirs will be provided for all our guests.
2017 is almost here and we’re eagerly working on a festival edition that provides you with a whole lot of inspiration. We want you to leave our venues enriched: equipped with many new ideas and approaches, new contacts to potential partners and in the best mood!


For more details about Forward just have look at:


We’re looking forward to seeing you in Vienna, Munich or Zurich!


All the best,

The Forward Team