No Title – We are announcing an open call dedicated to foreign artists, animators, performers, and activists

graphic: Bękarty
graphic: Bękarty

We are accepting proposals for activities held as part of the programme of the Malta Festival Poznań to be held between 27 June and 3 July under the motto “Świat w uścisku / World Held Tight / СТИСНУТИЙ СВІТ”. We are waiting for entries from artists working with different forms of art until 3 April.

The first open call – No Title – to be organised as part of the Malta Festival is now open. It is addressed to foreign artists, performers, activists, and animators, international tandems and groups (including those fleeing wars and unlawfulness) who are currently living in Poland. We want to give them the floor and lend them our voice to understand and feel the reality through their experience We are waiting for proposals of projects incorporating artistic activities, interventions, objects, exhibition, performance, sound installation, community work, field work, online work, workshops or other form of art.

Nothing is certain, everything surprises and scares us. This open call was not supposed to look like this. A month ago, we intended to invite foreign artists living in Poland to revisit, or remake Poland anew versus the existing one […] The graphic design that was ready and waiting for the announcement of the open call had the title “Re-making Poland” on it.

Today, as I write these words, Poland as it was a month ago is no more. We may not wake up to bombings yet, but we are being bombarded by thoughts and emotions all day and night long. Fury is mixed with hope, tenderness with desire, and the political is dissolved into the private. […] People are trying to act, to be ‘effective’ in their home towns.

Chris is reading up to understand Eastern Europe; before it was easier for him to live in Poland without being aware of the historical contexts.

Olena is setting up an exhibition that she had been planning for a long time. She escaped from Ukraine on the first day of the invasion, while her husband stayed home.

Natalia is helping evacuate black people from Ukraine in between rehearsals for a theatre play.

Hazim is writing poetry as he awaits the decision regarding his asylum in a guarded shelter for foreigners.

Yulia is negotiating with the curators her involvement in the fight for free Ukraine, she does not consent to half-measures, one has to push from each side as there is ‘hope in the dark’.

Kasia is planning a multicultural garden in the Poznań allotment gardens. […]

One of the ideas we had for the original open call should stay, though. We want to lend the visibility and the loud voice of a large international festival to foreign artists living in Poland. These people can renew the face of this earth. We do not know what will happen in a month when we read through the open call entries we receive. We do not know what you will want to talk about, but what we do know is that we will want to listen and hear you – you can read the full text by Joanna Pańczyk here.

The projects selected by an international jury comprised of Yulia Krivich, Joanna Pańczak, Dorota Semenowicz, Olga Stryzniova will be presented at the 32nd Malta Festival Poznań. The maximum budget per project cannot exceed PLN 6500 inclusive of tax. The deadline for submissions of entries is 3 April. The competition winners will be announced on 13 April. For more details see the open call terms and conditions and visit the festival website

Owing to the highly dynamic socio-political situation, the winning artists will be allowed to introduce changes to their projects after the results of the open call are announced.


1. Acceptance of applications: 10.03-3.04
2. Announcement of competition winners: 13.04
3. Execution period: 27.06-3.07.2022 – during the Malta Festival Poznań

The maximum total cost estimate per project is PLN 6500 inclusive of tax of which PLN 4000 inclusive of tax is allocated for the fee for authors and artists and PLN 2500 inclusive of tax for the production budget.

To enter fill in and submit the open call form by 23.59 on 3 April 2022. The form can be filled in in Polish or English. Those who do not feel comfortable with writing in Polish or English may enclose an audio or video recording featuring an oral description of the project.

In case of any questions related to the terms and conditions of participation in the open call, please write to: