EMPOWERING CURIOUS MINDS

UPDATE ON FIFTEEN SECONDS FESTIVAL 2021

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Festival goes urban:
Our concept for #fsf21

We’re excited to finally be able to give our community an update and let you in on our concrete plan for Fifteen Seconds Festival 2021. Over the past few months, due to the course of the pandemic, we have once more found ourselves in the situation of having to plan something that cannot be planned. We know that many of you, in all of your different fields and industries,  have felt the same. Planning security?—Currently not available. The only thing that has been becoming clearer and clearer was that everything  won’t go back to the “old normal” in the event industry this year either.

Having come to this realization, we have used the time to think things over and regroup. We have come up with ideas, and scrapped them. We have come up with new ideas and cultivated them further. As a result, we have  developed a viable, contemporary event concept that we ourselves find really good and that we would like to be a part of as participants.

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Fifteen Seconds Festival is moving into the heart of the city this year and is going to take place on 30 September and 1 October, 2021, on and around Schlossberg, Graz’s iconic castle hill. Ticket sales start on 7 July 2021.

Sticking with the original festival date, 10 and 11 June, would not be possible due to the current pandemic development as well as the lack of rules and regulations for event organizers—put simply, it wouldn’t have made sense in many respects to go through with it. Importantly, this was also a conscious decision against making everyone who has already bought a ticket wait even longer for concrete information, and risking having to cancel the event on short notice.

Instead, we have secured some of the most beautiful locations around Graz’s most famous landmark (that, of course, being the Uhrturm clocktower) and we are pitting on on lots of open-air venues and a sunny fall here in Graz, as well as rapid testing of all participants before and during the festival. On top of that, we’re going to enable participants to move more freely and less dependent on location, making our content more accessible than ever.

We are also planning to adopt a hybrid event concept for parts of the festival. In true Fifteen Seconds fashion, it is our goal to make these hybrid elements a “best of both worlds”-kind of experience instead of just giving you “more of the same.” Among other things, you can expect a new and creative keynote format featuring speakers who cannot come to Austria due to travel restrictions. The coming weeks and months will show exactly how many speakers that will affect; in general, we expect many of our speakers to be personally present on our stages.

Taking all this into consideration, our goal is to curate the most exciting lineup in Europe for you. In terms of content, that means continuing on the path we have already set for ourselves and putting together a program that is going to feature the brightest minds from a wide range of disciplines in the areas of business, innovation, and creativity and provide them—and you—with a platform to exchange ideas.

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As a token of appreciation for their loyalty,  all existing ticket holders, who have trusted us for a whole year now, will receive a free upgrade to a Festival Pass Plus worth €599 and offering exclusive access to the Plus Pass Area on Schlossberg.

To give you as much clarity as possible, we have summed up the most important event details in the infobox below.

AT A GLANCE

  • Date
    Fifteen Seconds Festival 2021 will take place on 30 September and 1 October instead of 10 and 11 June. Ticket sales start on 7 July 2021.
  • Location
    The location changes from Stadthalle Graz to the city center, featuring several venues on and around the city's castle hill.
  • Most important updates
    More venues, strong open-air focus, rapid testing before and during the vent, remote stage concept, hybrid elements
  • Information for ticket holders
    All tickets already purchased remain valid for the new event date. As a thank you for their trust and loyalty, all existing ticket holders will receive a free upgrade to a Festival Pass Plus worth €599 and offering exclusive access to the Plus Pass Area on Schlossberg. Ticket holders who cannot use their ticket at the new date and wish to request a refund, are asked to fill out this form and will receive a refund (pro rata in form of repayments and vouchers, respectively) in accordance with the Federal Law to Safeguard Arts, Culture, and Sports from Further Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic (issued as Bundesgesetz zur Sicherung des Kunst-, Kultur- und Sportlebens vor weiteren Auswirkungen der COVID-19-Pandemie). Please note: All refunds have to be requested by 30 June 2021, after which refund requests are no longer possible because we have to be able to calculate the number of participants for the purpose of our new safety concept and to comply with all applicable rules.
  • In case of a necessary event cancellation
    Should the development of the pandemic make it impossible to carry out Fifteen Seconds Festival on 30 September and 1 October 2021 as planned, ticket holders have the possibility to transfer their ticket to Fifteen Seconds Festival 2022 or request a refund (pro rata in form of repayments and vouchers, respectively) in accordance with the Federal Law to Safeguard Arts, Culture, and Sports from Further Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic (issued as Bundesgesetz zur Sicherung des Kunst-, Kultur- und Sportlebens vor weiteren Auswirkungen der COVID-19-Pandemie). Fifteen Seconds Festival 2022 will take place on 9 and 10 June in Graz.