A lifetime opportunity for young and emerging artists. It’s on! International visibility, freedom of expression, no glass ceilings - MArteLive is about to change the future of art. Supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, this new contest-festival will enable thousands of young European artists to showcase their talent, win prizes and network with fellow artists and high profile professionals.

MArtelive represents a truly exceptional chance to live an unforgettable experience: selected artists will perform in Online and Livestream Auditions, take part in Semifinal Shows and Art Residencies in different European countries, and be crowned in the great Final Show in Rome, Italy.


A total overview of the world of art MArteLive is open to a wide range of artists, featuring 16 Artistic Disciplines: Music, Dj and Producer, Theater, Dance, Contemporary Circus, Literature, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Digital Illustration, Street-Art, Fashion Design, Handicraft, Short Film, Music Video, Video Art.

The Contest

The MArteLive Contest is open to artists between 18 to 35, European residents or citizens.

It follows a 4-step process of selection, running both online and live.


STEP 1 - CALL FOR ARTISTS (opening on February 5th 2021)

Participants apply on www.martelive.eu.



MArtelive selects the 10 best artists for each Artistic Discipline that will perform online in livestream audition events. Artists are evaluated by both qualified juries and the audience.



Spectacular live events where the 3 best artists, for each of the 16 Artistic Disciplines, perform all together: a unique experience for both the artists and the audience. Semifinal Shows will be in Vilnius (Lithuania), Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Krakow (Poland).

The winners from each Area get a cash prize and fly to Rome for the European Final Show.


STEP 4 - EUROPEAN FINAL SHOW (December 2021)

An unforgettable show, where the best of European talents perform together to really wow the audience. The show is held during the prestigious MArteLive Biennial , a high-impact event spread through 60 locations in Rome, with an audience of 50,000 people.

Art Residencies

MArtelive is much more than a contest. Semifinal winners and other selected artists can take part in 1-week Art Residencies in Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The artists live together and create unique multidisciplinary performances, that will be showcased in special events in the Art Residency location and on the MArteLive Biennial Festival in Rome, Italy.


Best moments of the experience and “making of” will be shared on MArteLive social media and website, giving the artists a platform to directly connect with the audience.

The dream goes on

This first MArtelive European edition takes place after 20 years of experience in Italy, where MArtelive has already helped thousands of youngsters express their artistic views and gain international exposure.


Thanks to this background, MArteLive proves that creativity has no limits: the energy of the festival vibrates across styles and ways of expression, creating a unique space for connections.

Apply and read the regulation on www.martelive.eu !