In a RAUSCH of sustainability and design, of diversity and inspiration, of art and transformation! ökoRAUSCH is a think tank, an idea pool, incubator and network. We think of sustainability and design as one, never as separate from one another.

We want a world with a future. A world full of beauty and fun, but also one with rhyme and reason. And we are doing something about it: Sustainability is our goal and creativity will get us there!

This year we are back – live and in living color: The ökoRAUSCH Festival for Design and Sustainability is on!

In light of the “corona period” we want to be clear that by using the word “Festival”, we do not mean we are planning on celebrating with 1,000 people at the same time. The heart of our Festival is the large exhibition with international exhibitors that is framed by a comprehensive programme. This will all take place with full consideration of all health and safety regulations applicable for the duration of the Festival.

We are very excited to be the guest at the Museum of Applied Art Cologne (MAKK) for a whole four weeks. So get out your calendar and pen us in:

28 August to 24 September – And the entry is free!

A unique line-up awaits that consists of exhibitors and contributors from the fields of the creative industries, culture, science and society! Let yourself be inspired, surprised and amazed. Discover, explore, and discuss with us about a world of tomorrow that we all want to live in.

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We can’t wait to see you there!

What’s all the RAUSCH about?

The German words “Rausch” or “Rauschen” can mean different things. ‘’Rausch’’ is a state of intoxication, ecstasy or trance; “Rauschen” is the sound of trees rustling in the wind or waves hitting the shore but it also describes irritating background noise. The RAUSCH in ökoRAUSCH stands for a mixture of all these. For us it means breaking with the “norm” and being in a flow of creativity, new experiences and optimism. We’re ecstatic about the prospect of how sustainability, design, art and action can come together to create a brighter future that’s also healthy for us and our planet. That said, we invite you to be irritated, to challenge your perspective, but most of all to join us in a state of positive, sustainable activism that is excited about the futures we can create! Now that you know: come RAUSCH with us!


Thema Festival 2020


Let yourself get caught up in the RAUSCH of sustainability and design, of art and transformation! Whether it’s innovative exhibits or the snappy communication of knowledge – any and everywhere you look, ideas and concepts for a shift toward a resource-oriented and responsible society are the main focus. Let yourself be inspired by our exhibitors and contributors from the fields of the creative industries, culture, science and society! And discover, explore, and discuss with us about a world of tomorrow that we all want to live in.

Eco Design Forum


Focus of interest of the ECO DESIGN FORUM (EDF) international are the stories of designers all over the world who explore green ideas and develop sustainable products. Designers, artists, creative thinkers and cultural protagonists are meeting up with sustainability experts to exchange thoughts and to learn from each other.

ökoRAUSCH Blog – Profiles


The presented designers and artists are distinguished by their quality and originality. The focus here is on the heads and the philosophy behind the products and works: What distinguishes designers who are committed to sustainability? What motivates them especially? Stay inspired!

Neueste Beiträge

Getting to know Raute Film

The duo behind Raute Film produces sustainable films! In their guest article, they explain what that means.

Category: Festival 2020 / Keyword: , , , / 24. April 2020

ökoRAUSCH goes Tunis III

Joyful Design! That’s what the Tunisian design label flaÿou calls their refreshing approach reflected in their products. In 2019 we met the founders Hella El Khiari and Thomas Egoumenides in Tunis and were lucky to get a closer look into their studio…

Category: Festival 2020, ökoRAUSCH goes international / Keyword: , , , , , / 31. March 2020

ökoRAUSCH goes Tunis II

The Collectif Creatif from Tunis boasts creative projects centered on reviving the Medina, from an international light arts festival over educating youth as tourist guides to urban gardening projects.

Category: Festival 2020, ökoRAUSCH goes international / Keyword: , , , / 20. March 2020

GIZ – Gender Equality via App

Gender equality by 2030 – that’s the goal defined by SDG number 5. Learn how to take action with the new „NachhaltICH“ app by the GIZ.

Category: Festival 2020 / Keyword: , , , , / 8. March 2020

iphiGenia Gender Design Award

With the iphiGenia Gender Design Award, the International Gender Design Network e.V. (iGDN) presents awards to the best gender-sensitive companies, initiatives and products every year.

Category: Festival 2020 / Keyword: , , , , , / 27. February 2020

Thomas Baumgärtel

The Cologne-based artist Thomas Baumgärtel made a name for himself in the art world with the pseudonym “The banana sprayer”. In our interview he talks about connecting art and sustainability.

Category: Festival 2020 / Keyword: , / 31. January 2020