Future Festival Themes

Cultural, faith-based, educational, health and human service organizations, libraries, community centers, civic institutions, artists, musicians, and others are invited to create innovative events for upcoming festivals. Application guidelines are posted at the beginning of the year and are typically due in early summer.

During the summer of 2020 Spirit & Places decided to re-evaluate its theme selections for 2021-22 (Cycles and Nourish). Given all the changes and upheavals of 2020, it seemed only right to reach out to our festival partners and wider community to see if these themes still resonated.

We are grateful to the hundreds of Spirit & Place friends and supporters who gave us their feedback and happily announce the new themes for 2021 and 2022.

Across all sectors, CHANGE resonated the most strongly in our surveys. 2020 changed everything. We—and the world—feel changed. This change has been exhausting, exhilarating, terrifying, liberating, needed, and not enough all rolled into one. We ask the community to reflect on the changes we have witnessed and experienced and imagine the steps needed to make further change possible.

Who are you? Who are we together? What happens when we hide part of our identity from view? How we identify and talk about ourselves, individually and collectively, frames how we walk in the world. Identity shapes stereotypes, institutional structures, cultural and civic values, policies, and much more. Our identities are deeply personal and often thought of in individualistic terms. No matter how personal the experience though, there is something communal about the ways in which we identify.

2018 Theme: Intersect
(November 2-11, 2018)