During this cultural event, neighbors of two Asturian cities in northern Spain (Avilés and Oviedo), open their houses for one night to host different cultural activities. The aim is to dynamise the cultural and artistic life of the city while at the same time fostering social relations between different groups and breaking the boundaries between public and private space for one night. Theatre, short films, performances, concerts, cooking workshops or urban gardens… a multitude of alternatives for a night spent in pyjamas and slippers, from house to house.
The Homemade Festival came from a group of 6 young people from Avilés who, after participating in a youth exchange in Austria in 2009 on Creative Activism, set out to dynamise the cultural and artistic life of the city and put people and groups normally distant from each other in contact through this festival format. This group of young people was joined by other people in each new edition and later people from Oviedo who wanted to start the festival in their city. These informal groups have managed the festival organically since its inception. From there on, 9 editions have been held in Avilés and 6 in Oviedo. More than 150 people have transformed their homes into spaces for meeting, learning, as well as creating art and connections. Around 50 collectives and 80 artists have participated in all kinds of activities and thousands of people have enjoyed magical nights in gowns and slippers in the homes of strangers.
Each year the festival chooses a theme that gives a thread to the three routes that run through the participating houses. The three routes leave from a meeting point where the participants are given aprons that will give them access to the houses. Each route has a guide and goes through three houses, ending in a final point where there is a joint final activity and a celebration.
Vegan cheese workshop, rock concerts, Thai massage, photographic exhibition on Japan, i-ching reading, poetry performances, composting workshops, escape rooms, African dances, are just a tiny sample of the activities that have been carried out. In recent years, the festival has consolidated itself as a meeting point between the emerging social, cultural and artistic movements of Asturias, where enthusiastic and connected citizens dynamise the cultural life of their city. In addition, the festival has generated numerous synergies between artists, collectives, and people from the area, boosting creativity and citizen resilience.