your Talent

MArteLive Europe is an international contest and festival for young and emerging artists 

Born in Italy in 2001, this year MArteLive Europe welcomes its first European Edition.



Are you an artist in one of our 16 artistic disciplines ? 

Are you a European citizen and/or resident?
Are you between 18 and 35 years old ? 
Don’t miss this lifetime opportunity!

Discover MArteLive

Our mission is to generate opportunities for emerging artists in 16 different disciplines: Music, Dj and Producer, Theatre, Dance, Contemporary Circus, Literature, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Digital Illustration, Street-Art, Fashion Design, Handicraft, Short Film, Music Video, Video Art.

  • Are you looking for new engagements and opportunities?
  • Do you want to work in a challenging and international environment?
  • Do you want to make your art and your works known to insiders?
  • Participate in festivals in Poland, Lithuania or Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Be selected for artistic residencies in Poland, Italy, Lithuania or Bosnia & Herzegovina


  • Semifinal - Winner
    Cash Prize of € 300 - Brought to you by MArteLive Europe
  • All travel costs to Rome covered to reach the MArteLive Europe Final Show and the MArteLive Biennial, both taking place on October 18-20, 2022.
  • MArteLive Art In Progress
    1 Week Stay at Art Residencies in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Poland in the Summer of 2022, for artists selected by the Jury.
    Brought to you by:
    * ProCult in Italy and Poland
    * Tuzla Live in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    * Kintai Arts in Lithuania
  • Scuderie MArteLive Prize
    Up to 4 engagements in festivals in Italy such as Tolfarte Festival, Arte in strada a Mirabello, Rome Buskers in Town, Carpineto Buskers in Town, paid up to 1200 € cachet to be agreed with the festival organizations (ITALY)

You can see the full list of prizes for each artistic discipline at contest.martelive.eu



  • Call for artists! NOW OPEN !
  • Online Auditions  -  2022
  • Semifinal Show  - Summer 2022 in Krakow, Poland
  • Art Residencies - Summer 2022 in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland
  • Final Show - 18-19-20 October 2022 in Rome, Italy

European Areas

MArteLive Europe Contest and Festival covers 47 countries.

Artists enroll in 3 European Areas: Blue, Green, and Yellow, depending on the country selected in the application form.


According to where you are located, you’ll compete with so many different talents! 

The green Area is a East-West connection

The yellow Area brings you the northern lights

The blue Area is all at sea, from the Mediterranean to the Ocean

If you are preselected to the semi-final shows, you will be traveling to Krakow (Poland), or  Tuzla (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and if you’re among the best in your discipline, you’ll fly to Rome for the MArteLive Biennaial.

Semi-final shows for northern Europe took place in Vilnius (Lithuania) in June 2021. Check out the after-movie.

MArteLive Biennial

The MArteLive Biennial is a massive wave of events and culture that hits Italy every two years with its epicentre in Rome.

For each edition, about 1,000 Italian and international artists perform for a total of over 300 shows in about 70 locations scattered throughout the Lazio region.

The beating heart of the event is the MArteLive Contest in its historical format which, since 2011, along with the Biennial, has witnessed an amazing evolution on a regional scale.

The phases of the competition

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. 



Submit your best work or performance. Process is super easy and quick.  Just head to MArteLive Europe application form, fill it in, submit your best performance / artwork and… GOOD LUCK !



MArtelive selects the best 10 artists for each Artistic DisciplineArtists are evaluated by both qualified juries and the audience. 


STEP 3 - SEMI-FINAL SHOWS (Summer 2022)

Spectacular live events where the best 3 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  Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Krakow (Poland). The winners get a cash prize and fly to Rome for the European Final Show. 


STEP 4 - EUROPEAN FINAL SHOW (October 2022) 

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 70 locations in Rome

and also...

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 during the MArteLive Biennial Festival in Rome, Italy. 

Here is an Art in Progress residence which took place in a historical palace close to Rome, involving 16 artists during 3 days in November 2021.

20 years: forever young 

This first European edition of the MArtelive contest 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.

MArteLive Europe semifinals in Vilnius

Photo by Martynas Vitėnas


What do the artists think?

"It was definitely one of the greatest satisfactions of 2019 to be able to win such an important award that I hope we can soon make the most of.
I entered as I have done many times before with various awards and competitions, to promote my music project.
Emerging with original songs is not easy in the saturated world of liquid music, so I welcome opportunities like those that MArteLive has been providing for all independents for years."

Leonardo AngelucciLeonardo AngelucciWinner MArteLive Music 2019

"I got to know MArteLive thanks to a friend from Rome, for fun she got me involved and I applied on the last possible day for selection.
I was immediately attracted by the idea of giving space to artists who propose innovative performances. During the evening I noticed great interest from the jury who listened to me and I warmly thank all the music producers who selected me for the performance."

Felipe CarreraFelipe CarreraWinnter MArteLive Dj and Producer 2019

What do the institutions think?

"MArtelive is an important initiative that the Italian Ministry of Culture has rightly decided to promote because it multiplies the places of culture and entertainment, mixing centre and suburbs, genres and forms of expression that now, thanks to the new law on live entertainment, the Italian Republic is called upon to support".

Dario FranceschiniDario FranceschiniItalian Minister for Cultural Activities and Heritage

"MArteLive drags, overflows, invades different spaces and places and therefore reaches different audiences, like a cultural fertiliser in the Lazio Region. There is energy, desire, creativity. Their initiatives reduce the gap between Rome and the rest of Lazio, which is exactly one of the main objectives of our policies."

Lidia RaveraLidia RaveraWriter and ex Assessore alle Politiche Culturali della Regione Lazio - Italy

"MArteLive is now a reality not only in Rome but an appreciated national laboratory of heterogeneous youth experimentation, ranging from music to dance, theatre, cinema, painting, video art, comics and digital graphics. and digital graphics. 

A festival with an innovative character and a high artistic quality, born on the initiative of university students and young artists, but able, in the space of a decade, an important point of reference in the cultural panorama of our city.

MArteLive is an event that also aims to represent a different model of artistic promotion and to which we must give credit for the undoubted merit of having been able to bring art to the urban suburbs at 360 degrees, offering many young talents an important opportunity to showcase their work''.

Umberto CroppiUmberto CroppiDirector Federculture Italy

"MArteLive is a shared and participatory process. And it must be seen as a seed that grows, that does not end with the event. From the point of view of the development of the suburbs, this is certainly one more tool to defeat degradation."

Paolo MasiniPaolo Masiniex Councillor for the Development of the suburbs of the City of Rome

Total, involving and exciting performance. A brilliant and unique idea, capable of embracing and enhancing different artistic expressions. Besides, those who know him know that Peppe Casa is a living idea!

Ferdinando MorabitoFerdinando MorabitoSpectator

Wonderful experience, and fantastic people!!! Girls of the staff available to our every need, and all with a great organization!


Amaazing! Amaazing! MARTELIVE competition and festival!!! Wonderful people, fantastic environment!!!! Together with JL Interviews magazine (media partner) I recommend this event!!!!

joanna longawajoanna longawaJournalist

"You are the wonder and enchantment of art in its making, in its revealing itself, in the beauty of resisting and carrying an important message. You have my deepest esteem and all my admiration.
Thank you ❤️"

Laura Di LazzaroLaura Di LazzaroSpectator

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