Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we can think of - we are updating these all the time as new questions come to us - so hopefully you should find your answers here. If not, feel free to contact us, but please do remember we are only a tiny team of two - we aim to respond ASAP and (fingers crossed!) within 72 hours.
What is the theme?
The theme for the festivals is ‘Lost.’ This theme can be interpreted in any way that you, the artists, see fit. Interpretations must be explained clearly in your supporting statement or your artwork will not be accepted for the festival. Possible interpretations: lost languages, lost and found, lost luggage, lost children, loss of nature - habitats, wildlife, oceans etc, extinction of animals, loss of life - war, terrorism, dangerous immigration routes, normal human existence, geographically lost, seeking direction in life choices, lost in mental health issues eg. depression, anxiety etc, lost voices, lost technologies, lost traditions, loss of face to face communication, lost in cyber space, politically lost, winners and losers, lost architectures, gone forever and so on...
In the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, this theme seems more appropriate now than ever.
Who Can Apply / How Can I Apply?
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2020 FESTIVALS - SORRY, BUT YOU CAN TRY AGAIN NEXT YEAR!!!
Why have I read that the festivals are not taking place? I am confused!
The physical festivals cannot take place this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. So it is true that these physical events are cancelled. However, the festivals have not been cancelled altogether - they are now going to take place in a different format, the physical festivals have been transformed digitally into online events!
When are The Lost Festivals?
The Lost Festivals will still go ahead (digitally) and take place this summer, 2020 on the following dates:
The Lost Festivals: 26th June-31st July 2020
Where are the festivals?
The festivals were originally going to take place in multiple venues on the Canarian islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. However due to the coronavirus pandemic, holding physical festivals is not safe or possible. As such, The Lost Festivals will take place online using various online platforms. Links will be available and posted here closer to the time.
How can I attend the festivals?
We are working with various online platforms to find the one(s) most suitable for the Lost Festivals. Once we have confirmed which online platform(s) we are moving forward with, we can provide more information on hot to attend. Remember - the festival is completely free to attend! (Although of course donations for events and exhibitions are very welcome!) Keep your eye on the website and social media as we get closer to the festivals to see more information as it is released.
Is there funding for artists to participate/perform online?
There is no funding through Lacuna Festivals or The Lacuna Studios for artists, as neither The Lacuna Studios nor Lacuna Festivals are funded! We organise and deliver these festivals completely voluntarily, donating lots of time and energy to making sure they are successful.
Why are the website/communications in English when Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are Spanish speaking countries?
The festivals are international and as such the common working/professional language is English. To make things as easy as possible, we have embedded a Google Translate button at the bottom of each of our pages so that you can read all of the information in 100 different languages! We also try to post all of our social media posts and updates in both English and Spanish as translation is not always as easy on social media sites.
Will the festivals return next year?
Yes, it is absolutely our intention that the annual events organised by Lacuna Festivals will continue in the future and as such we are planning for the 2021 festivals to take place.