UNFINISHED Festival, a Romanian-based gathering where you pay with your time to join is becoming a global movement. With a tiny team, in the heart of Europe, in a city often confused with other capitals - Bucharest, UNFINISHED managed to gather annually, since 2016, thousands of people around the world. From Brazil to Italy, and from France to USA, this vibrant community of over 20,000 individuals spanning across 71 countries, is meeting with one single purpose: to grow; but also to learn and experience together the thin line between disciplines.
As every year, participating in the festival costs time and commitment. The only way to gain access to the UNFINISHED community is by filling out an application, where those interested must talk about themselves, their values and motivation, and what they bring to the festival with their presence. Registrations have opened on the website and only 3141 participants will be accepted to participate in this edition.
The event will take place between September 22 and 24 and will take place in the HOUSE OF IDEAS (University House, Dionisie Lupu Street, 46) and its garden in Bucharest.
Cristian Movilă, the founder of the UNFINISHED festival, stated that "the value of time is priceless for us. It is the most valuable currency and I believe there is no fairer exchange than this. We often think that we have time for a lot, especially when we are young, but at some point we realize that time flies extremely fast and we realize that we would be better off "spending" more time on those experiences that would have transformed our life. We invest time and dedication year after year to create memorable experiences for our community, and we ask for exactly the same in return: the time you spend answering our questions, and then, if you're accepted, time to explore UNFINISHED. We expect tens of thousands of people to sign up, like every year, of which we will only accept 3141 people. It's our way of making sure we have a community of incredible, open-minded and diverse people around the idea of UNFINISHED."
What happens in UNFINISHED 2023?
In a 4000 sqm urban garden, a historic greenhouse and a 151-year-old heritage house, the UNFINISHED community will be able to explore unique EXPERIENCES - workshops, workshops, social experiments - interactive CONVERSATIONS, authentic ARTISTIC MOMENTS - concerts, DJ sets, dance, theater - immersive INSTALLATIONS created by local and international artists, moments of WELLNESS - yoga, mindfulness, fitness - and the long-awaited TASTE connection sessions - the famous gatherings around the table, wine tastings, conversations around the fire.
Who is coming to UNFINISHED 2023?
In addition to the already announced speakers who will explore the theme of SILENCE from the perspective of their discipline, there is also Daniel Jones (US), the editor of the famous Modern Love column in The New York Times newspaper, who returns to the festival for the third year, the graphic artist Anthony Burrill (UK) whose works are exhibited in the V&A and The Design Museum in London, The Cooper-Hewitt in New York and many other galleries around the world, Brazilian photographer João Paulo Barbosa (BR) whose work revolves around the influence of the Anthropocene on cold areas of the world carrying out 27 expeditions in Antarctica, the Himalayas and the Andes, Lauren Celenza (US), designer and writer who managed global design projects for Google Maps, The World Resources Institute and The Gates Foundation and entrepreneur Daniel Butucel (RO), passionate of nature and sustainable development, which in his sector means carbon neutral buildings.
Strategic Partners: Banca Transilvania, Orange
Sponsors: Kaufland, OMV Petrom
Partners: Universitatea din București, Ministerul Culturii, Cărturești, Leroy și Asociații, 360 Revolution, Voxility, Project 1
Media Partners: PRO TV, Hotnews, IQAds, Republica, Igloo, Glamour, Agerpres, The Woman, Adevărul Weekend, Zile și Nopți, Zelist
Held under the high patronage of the European Parliament, UNFINISHED is the first multidisciplinary festival in Romania and was created by the Eidos Foundation as an experience in continuous evolution. Since 2016, Unfinished has had over 250 guests including Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith, Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh, award-winning artist Marina Abramovic, Obama administration digital strategist, musician Nicolas Jaar and Esther Perel, the most famous psychotherapist specializing in couple relationships.