Berliner Events

Industry Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Community

Photos: Mathias Voelzke

Since the pilot edition in 2013, the Industry Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Community has developed into a well-established institution. Hundreds of artists and members of the independent performing arts community accept the invitation to Berlin each year in order to discuss current topics and questions, share knowledge, benefit from synergies and come into contact with representatives from other artistic disciplines, politics, business as well as international communities. In 2021, the hybrid programming took place for the first time at four different venues over nine days and, between two intense workshop weekends, included streamed speeches and cultural policy debates, a virtual bar on Gather.Town and, of course, live networking and exchanges. The 2021 edition was once again accompanied by the Industry Get-Together Radio Salon as well as by an extensive audio archive, that still can be found here.

Presented by Performing Arts Programm Berlin

The Industry Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Community takes place every year in autumn, the next edition from October 20 to 22, 2022.

Symposia presented by the Berlin Performing Arts Program

Photo: Mathias Voelzke

Several times per year, the LAFT Berlin Performing Arts Program invites the community to attend topic-specific symposia in order to take stock of current developments within the independent performing arts. The concentrated events pass on wellfounded knowledge and set new impulses within the independent performing arts. Following successful symposia such as (Re)Connected on audience participation, Thinking Digital Distribution or a symposium on cultural journalism, the topic of cultural communication and distribution within the independent performing arts, amongst others topics, will be covered in 2021 / 2022. Many of the contents of the digital and hybrid symposia offered by the Berlin Performing Arts Program in 2020 and 2021 continue to be available on its website.

Presented by Berlin Performing Arts Program

Several times per year.


Photo: Pablo Dornhege

Performersion brings together a wide variety of expertise – artists working in the performing arts, digital research and technology development create shared ideas in collaborative formats. Performersion has taken place annually since 2016 – at first as part of re:publica and since 2020 also as Performersion International. Here, future digital opportunities for the performing arts are reflected upon and further developed. In doing so, the focus is placed on appropriating digital production techniques and new aesthetics in order to strengthen the participants as self-empowered digital artists. In 2022, the focus will be placed on hybrid formats that artists produce and perform with each other at different locations and, as a result, allow the audience to participate on an equal basis.

Presented by Performing Arts Programm Berlin.

Performersion takes place annually, the next edition is expected to be held 2023.

Tanznacht Forum

Photo: Anna Stein

The Tanznacht Forum takes place every other year, alternating with Tanznacht Berlin, and discusses current questions within contemporary dance. The forum began in 2015 with Visionärer Widerstreit (Visionary Conflict), a program of discourse concerning the creation of visions around production conditions within contemporary dance. Three dialogues were initiated in 2017 under the title unsettled landscape to ask where aesthetics in contemporary dance draws its keywords from – (dance) historically, politically and culturally. In 2019, the forum discussed artistic working methods that regard the audience as co-performers and no longer as spectators. The discursive formats at the center of the event were respectively interrupted or accompanied by performative works.

Presented by Tanzfabrik Berlin

Tanznacht Forum takes place every two years. The next edition is expected to be held in Autumn 2022.

Theater & Netz

Photo: Theater & Netz CC

The conference Theater & Netz (Theater & Internet) questions consequences for the dramatic arts in regards to digitalization. Topics of discussion focus on aesthetic issues, technological developments and political aspects. In addition new opportunities of online communication, marketing and audience development are subject of the conference. Theater & Netz sees itself as a bridge between Europe’s leading conference on internet and society, re:publica and the Berliner Theatertreffen, Germany’s leading theater festival.

Annually. Next edition tba.