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about the lost festivals 2020

The Lost Festivals (originally named Festival de Arte Fuerteventura and Festival de Arte Lanzarote) were the new format for the 2020 events organised by Lacuna Festivals. The Lost Festivals took place online from 26th June - 31st July 2020 with the theme of 'Lost'. You can find out more about the theme here. 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic it was simply not safe or possible to hold large-scale events of any nature in the summer of 2020. People were confined to their houses or in extreme self isolation; shops, bars, cinemas, gyms and restaurants were closed; places of worship shut their doors; travel was severely restricted or impossible and many important events were postponed or cancelled. However, we felt that it was super important in those unprecedented times to keep the creative vibe going, support artists to stay connected to their creativity/making and keep artists talking to and sharing with each other. As such, we transformed the original format and created fully digital festivals to replace the physical events that were cancelled.

Viewing the festival archives

Just like a physical festival, The Lost Festivals had many different galleries in a variety of different places. There are galleries of participatory projects on our Facebook page, artist profiles on our Instagram account, video works on our YouTube channel, a photostream on our Flickr page and our festival galleries showing artists from our original open call hosted by ArtSteps. Our 2020 galleries  showcased work by 210 artists representing 53 countries - when we say international, we really do mean it! To see our archived festival pages from 2020, simply click onto the links in the text to be taken straight there!

In addition to the online galleries there were 45 online events including artist talks, workshops, live music and dance performances, videos and panel discussions. All of the events were prepared, organised and delivered for free - with creatives from around the world voluntarily giving their time and energy. You can find the historical event schedule and more information about the events here. Some events were recorded and these can be found on the Lacuna Festivals YouTube channel.

We also published a limited edition, digital festival zine that can be read online here. If you would like to receive a PDF copy of the zine simply donate to our GoFundMe fundraiser and the first 100 donations will receive a copy of the zine.


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