Cultural Sparks*

Sustainable culture

The fifth call for proposals ended on 15 May, applications were again invited from cultural producers from Lübeck and/or those planning a project for Lübeck. In this tender the creative scene was asked to include measures for environmental sustainability in their concepts. For more information about the art projects, please visit or #kulturfunke (Instagram).

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*. Four more tenders followed in autumn 2020, spring 2021, winter and spring 2022. 

Cultural variety in Lübeck

2,700 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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