Europe’s Emerging Artists

NEU NOW is Amsterdam’s transdisciplinary art festival devoted to presenting the work of exceptional emerging artists. Every year, our international jury selects the best of graduating artists across Europe. We nurture the fluid character of the artistic disciplines by showcasing a cross-section of exciting developments on the contemporary art scene through a programme in which exhibitions, performances, workshops and artist talks converge to provide new perspectives. 

In addition to the main event in September and the online festival, we support emerging artists throughout the year. NEU NOW operates as a platform promoting artistic excellence and creating an (inter)national springboard for artists of the future. Select artists are invited to show their work and participate in residencies with our partners including Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Prix Europa Berlin and more.

Previous editions of the NEU NOW festival were held in Vilnius, Tallinn, Nantes, Porto, Amsterdam and Glasgow. In 2015 we returned to Amsterdam, excited to put down roots in one city.

NEU NOW is an initiative of ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts.

Previous editions of NEU NOW were held in Vilnius, Tallinn, Nantes, Porto, Amsterdam and Glasgow. In 2015 the festival returned to Amsterdam, where it found a permanent home.
NEU NOW is an initiative of ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts.

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Vist the official NEU NOW website for the full festival programme and further details.

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NEU NOW 2017

NEU NOW 2017 took place on 14-17 September at the Westergasfabriek. 46 international emerging artists showcased their work.

NEUNOW 2017 | impression video from ELIA on Vimeo.

NEU NOW 2016

NEU NOW 2016 was a five-day celebration of arts in Amsterdam that welcomed 60 artists from 18 countries at Amsterdam's Westergasfabriek from 14 - 18 September.

NEU NOW 2016 | festival impression from ELIA on Vimeo.

NEU NOW 2016 | short recap from ELIA on Vimeo.

NEU NOW 2015

The 2015 festival was held at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek from 9 - 13 September. It presented 32 artworks from 65 of Europe’s emerging artists.

In addition to the artists featured at the festival, the NEU NOW website also features 58 other works of outstanding emerging artists. In total NEU NOW 2015 acted as a platform for 90 artworks from across 27 countries.

NEW NOW 2015 Impression Video Teaser from ELIA on Vimeo.

Trailer of NEU NOW 2013

Screencap Image Credit: Laura Wagner / Steffi Schöne from 'Selbstportrait mit Zunge' by Laura Wagner (

Trailer of NEU NOW 2011

Music: Sadie by Maartje Meijer

Trailer of NEU NOW 2010
Music: Es Prematuro by Tu Madre

Trailer of NEU NOW 2009

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