Cultural Sparks*

Two more rounds in 2023

The situation remains uncertain for independent artists and performers, and so to ensure that the citizens of Lübeck are not bereft of their Cultural Sparks* just as the winter nights start drawing in, the Possehl Foundation has approved two more rounds of sponsorship: a total of 150 individual grants of €6,000 each for winter/spring and summer/autumn 2023. Creative artists and performers are invited to submit their ideas for projects planned for the first half of 2023 by 12 January 2023.

It is hard to predict how audiences and visitor numbers will evolve this winter, which recalls the early days of Cultural Sparks* and is a reminder of what this unbureaucratic sponsorship was set up to do: to make the best of and in a changing environment, to set positive examples of a high artistic quality and to bring cultural events into the urban space and directly to their audiences, which are often new to this kind of offering, and include people whose access to culture is limited for various reasons.
One focus of this sixth call for proposals is again the topic of ecological sustainability. In the last round of grants many of the cultural producers had already started to reduce their ecological footprint behind the scenes or addressed the subject of sustainability itself in inspiring ways. Cooperative projects and partnerships are again particularly encouraged. The latest call for proposals can be found here:

About the Cultural Sparks*

In Spring 2020, right at the beginning of the Corona-crisis, the Possehl-Foundation started the large-scale project Cultural Sparks* in order to support cultural life in Lübeck. Independent, individual artists and cultural producers could apply for a grant of up to €6,000 to realise a project, leveraging their ideas and creativity to create sparks – Cultural Sparks*. Five more tenders followed from 2022 until now

Cultural variety in Lübeck


Cultural variety in Lübeck

Around 3,500 individual events took place in Lübeck since the project started. New formats and combinations have been created, performances have taken place in new venues – such as empty shops, playgrounds, on water, in the woods, in public places and on walls. A children’s cinema beamed onto a house wall, rap on the river Trave, improvisation from a string ensemble in public places, art appraisals, literary walks, augmented reality. Crossover productions and chance encounters in the city are a chance to win over new audiences. Culture swarms out, easily accessible, to meet its audience, who also include those who have been most affected by the crisis: old people, children and people with disabilities. Also well-known artists from elsewhere in Germany are sparkling in Lübeck.

There are always many beautiful things to be discovered around the town, with up-to-date listings available from

PHOTOS of the Cultural Sparks*

Sparks have positive impact

New, sustainable structures for cultural activities in Lübeck have been created as a result of the initiative: the Cultural Sparks* team moved into a vacant retail space in the Old Town, Krähenstraße 32-34, in 2021. Here they have room for meetings, advising cultural producers, networking, workshops and brainstorming. 

 German Cultural Sponsorship Prize 2020/2021

The Possehl Foundation were awarded the German Cultural Sponsorship Prize on 27 May 2021 for their Cultural Sparks programme. The Cultural Committee of German Business and the newspaper Handelsblatt awarded a special prize for an outstanding cultural project in the context of covid-19. Cultural Sparks was commended as a flexible and sustainable way of supporting cultural activities. The jury noted particularly “that the campaign was repeated in autumn 2020 and spring 2021 – and is also intended to continue once the crisis has passed. Out of this critical situation the Possehl Foundation has managed to develop a project that enriches the cultural life of the city in a very modern way.”

Chair of the Possehl-Foundation, Max Schön: “We are pleased and proud that the Cultural Sparks have flown beyond the city of Lübeck, and thank the jury and the Cultural Committee of German Business for this award and their appreciation of our work. The prize will encourage the Possehl Foundation to stay nimble and sustainable."

ZDF "Volle Kanne", 28th May - Author: Sohad Khaldi


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