Coming soon to catalyst: what to expect from Signals Festival 2021

From this year’s twist on art and technology to exciting lineup announcements, here’s what to expect from Signals Festival 2021, taking place at Catalyst’s Funkhaus location from the 15th to the 16th of October.

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Art and technology. Two of the greatest products of the human imagination, inextricably linked to inspire and challenge each other. When combined, they can lead to innovation which defines the human direction. It begs the question: in a world in which ideas spread like viruses and a spread virus can trigger transformative ideas, which way are we going? Signals Festival 2021 – taking place at Catalyst’s Funkhaus campus from the 15th to the 16th of October – asks whether we are heading for a utopia or a dystopia, and explores how art and technology can determine that direction.

Discover our community

Signals Festival is our annual showcase of our emerging and diverse creative communities: a non-profit, public, educational event packed with live performances, audio and visual installations, film screenings, workshops and in-depth dialogue. It’s the perfect place to discover next-gen music producers, sound artists, filmmakers, actors and VFX and digital artists from around the globe who have honed their talent in our vibrant corner of Berlin, and who are actively shaping what’s next in the creative industries.

Plus, if you are interested in studying at Catalyst, you’ll have the opportunity to take a guided tour of our facilities, where you’ll find out firsthand what makes our community so special.

A hybrid event

Last year saw the Signals Festival organisers, Hannah Deans and Suzana Benesova, triumphantly present a stimulating in-person and online programme to meet COVID restrictions. As we continue to adapt to a changing world, the 2021 event will once again operate in this hybrid format. For those of you who would like to join us IRL at the Funkhaus (limited tickets available), we are a 2G event, which means that you must show proof of full vaccination or recovery in order to gain entry. 

Ready for a taste of the future? Scroll down to discover some of the artists to look forward to, and be sure to follow Signals Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Resident Advisor for updates and further lineup announcements.


Performing and streaming live from the Funkhaus, we present an eclectic selection of musical talent.


Site-specific, immersive audiovisual installations to stimulate your senses.


Bringing together our own and our partner educators for specialist, collaborative masterclasses.


Telling stories in film from a diverse range of voices, genres and styles.


Opening up conversation on the trends, issues and challenges that creators face with special guests from the Berlin and global creative industries.

Revisit the Signals archive

Check out our recap of last year’s festival.

Signals Festival 2020
Signals Festival 2020 at Catalyst Berlin | Photo by Frankie Casillo