The Elevate Festival is an annual festival that takes place around the Schloßberg in Graz, Austria. The aim of the festival is to create a better understanding of the most important issues of our time and to discuss groundbreaking alternatives, innovative projects, and various initiatives in the realm of civil society, social movements and dedicated activism.

Elevate combines contemporary music, art, and political discourse. The organizational body is a Nonprofit organization. All the discourse and film program of the festival is free of charge. The performing artists at Elevate usually present an eclectic array of styles, beyond conventions and the mainstream.


Elevate’s professed aim is to combine critical political discourse with art and music within a special framework: the Schlossberg as the festival’s central location and established venues like Forum Stadtpark and the Stadtmuseum Graz.

Political Discourse

With an extensive program of discussions, workshops, lectures, and film presentations, the Elevate Festival wishes to foster a better understanding of the most important issues of our time. There is a conscuious focus on groundbreaking alternatives, innovative projects, and various intiatives in the realm of civil society, social movements and dedicated activism.

Art and Music

Presenting an eclectic array of styles, the performing artists at Elevate have one thing in common: the courage to break away from conventions and satisfy their personal need to find their own voice, far removed from the mainstream. That being said, Elevate offers a musical journey away from well-known Best-Of-Sets, challenging both artists and audiences alike.

Artistic horizons can be explored, shared and expanded not only at live-shows but also at workshops on music production at the Elevate Lab.

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Elevate Festival 2020
04 Mar
Elevate Festival 2020

Hosted by Elevate Festival

first confirmed acts: Gilles Peterson | David 'Ram Jam' Rodigan | DJ Lag | Jessy Lanza | Bambounou | Daniel Avery | SHERELLE | Ceephax Acid Crew | Ouri Acousmonium w/ Jan Jelínek, Lucy Railton and KTL (Stephen O'Malley + Peter Rehberg) first confirmed speakers: Jason Silva | Gail Bradbrook | Vincent Moon | Ariadne·von·Schirach | Moon Ribas | Wolf Böwig | Michel Bauwens In the first week of March 2020, the Elevate Festival once again invites audiences to be inspired for five days and to broaden their consciousness regarding the festival‘s theme „Human Nature“ - and of course to experience lots of exciting new music and art. New venues will be presented and many international thinkers and musicians will be introducing their ideas, artworks and sounds in Graz. „We need a new policy, we need a new economy, and we need a new way of thinking.“ With this one sentence, a young activist sums up probably the greatest human challenge for the next few years. A fundamental change in thinking, as Greta Thunberg and millions of young people around the world are demanding, also raises the central question of the relationship between humans, nature and technological development. But is the climate really mankind‘s greatest challenge? Or is it not rather man himself? From philosophy to biology, from physics to psychology, from activism and art to artificial intelligence and the search for spiritual meaning: the festival spans a broad spectrum that manifests itself in a variety of artistic debates on the theme of „Human Nature“. Early bird ticket sale starts on 16.10.2020! From now on, a limited contingent of the especially sought after, inexpensive Early Bird tickets are available for € 63,-. They are sold at as long as stocks last. more info:

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  • 11:00 AM - Wednesday
    March 4, 2020
  • Schloßbergplatz 18010, Graz, Austria
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