Spring Forward

24 – 26 April 2020
Rijeka, Croatia

Due to the Covid-19 sanitary crisis, Aerowaves' annual festival was transformed into a virtual experience over 3 days of live streaming through Zoom on 24-26 April 2020. 

Watch the online HD edition of Spring Forward 2020 on demand on Springback Magazine Members Room! Hosted by Edvin Liverić in Rijeka, Croatia, with complete performance videos, Q&As with artists, and afterparty. 

About Spring Forward ↓

Aerowaves Spring Forward Festival provides a platform for some of Europe's most vibrant and promising choreographers to show their work to performing arts professionals and local audiences. The festival is broadcast to reach dance fans across the world.

The festival began in 2011 as an experiment. It took shape in response to the uncertain economic climate and the realities facing emerging dance artists as they begin their careers. Spring Forward Festival provides a context for young choreographers to present their work within a different cultural setting and to new audiences. The platform supports artists as they seek new collaborators for their work and fosters a friendly atmosphere within an intensive weekend festival.

As with all Aerowaves initiatives, Spring Forward has grown from a place of generosity and a desire to make connections. The first festival in 2011 was held in partnership with En Knap at Španski Borci in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2012, Operaestate Festival Veneto dedicated its entire B-Motion strand to showcasing Aerowaves' work for the second Spring Forward Festival.

Armed with confidence in our new venture, we took the festival to Switzerland in 2013 to join the inaugural programme of Zürich Tanzt. Umeå, the European Capital of Culture in 2014, hosted the fourth Spring Forward at Norrlandsoperan, and in 2015 we were welcomed by the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona. This was followed by Pilsen (CZ) in 2016 hosted in conjunction with Tanec Praha; European Capital of Culture Aarhus (DK) in 2017 with our hosts Bora Bora, Sofia (BG) in 2018 in partnership with Derida Dance Center and in 2019 La Briqueterie hosted the festival in the framework of la Biennale de Danse du Val de Marne (FR). 

The programme is formed of the current year's Aerowaves Twenty artists, plus a company from Asia through our ongoing collaboration with the Taiwan Dance Platform at WeiWuYing Culture Centre in Kaohsiung, and SIDance and KNCDC in Seoul. Artists are invited to stay for the whole weekend, so that conversations with programmers can evolve naturally.

Local audiences have the chance to discover a great variety of brand new dance artists, most of whom are performing in their city for the first time. Since 2014, we have broadcast Spring Forward so that dance fans across Europe and beyond can watch and engage with the festival.


Our Croatian partner the Croatian Cultural Centre and other venues in Rijeka will host the 2020 edition of Spring Forward Festival. The festival has been postponed. We will announce the new dates soon.

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Getting to Rijeka

Rijeka has its own airport that can be reached by direct flight only from Münich and Eindhoven. 

The next closest airport is Zagreb. We are arranging transport from Zagreb airport to Rijeka - further information will be contained in the confirmation email. Please read this before you book your travel. 

Other nearby airports include Pula (HR), Trieste (IT) and Ljubljana (SLO).

Rijeka is well connected by  Flix buses, especially to surrounding countries. There is also a central railway station in Rijeka that connects via Zagreb to many European cities. But beware the trains in Croatia are very slow.


Spring Forward is using two established hotels and has arranged discounts with them. Further information will be contained in the confirmation email.

Since 2014, Aerowaves has provided mentorship to emerging dance writers during Spring Forward Festival. Springback Academy is a fast-paced introduction to the art of dance criticism within the context of an intensive festival.

The shows reviewed by the Springback writers and their mentors will be online for you to enjoy throughout the weekend whether you are in Croatia with us or watching the performances online.