12 h Open Space
Every year at the end of the season, Schaubude Berlin opens its doors for a long night celebrating the diversity of independent puppet, figure and object theater in Berlin: 12 hours filled with productions, theatrical experiments, puppet comedy, video art, installation and walk acts – for audience members of all ages. Here are the rules of the game: all theater makers with work of a maximum length of 45 minutes in which puppets, figures, objects or forms of animation with new media are used can apply to have their work presented in the festival. The schedule of programming is decided solely by the works submitted. In addition, an audience award will be given within both the children’s theater schedule of programming as well as the evening schedule of programming.
Presented by Schaubude Berlin.
12 H Open Space takes place annually at the end of the season. The next edition is yet to be announced.
The programming series AUSUFERN by Uferstudios for contemporary dance hase been held annually in the summer since 2016 and initiates and presents art projects which especially focus on social space and attempt to initiate dialog with the neighborhood. The programming approach refers back to an understanding of choreography which sees itself not only as production, but as a social practice as well. This helps exponentially to realize the desire of all partners of Uferstudios to further open the location. AUSUFERN is artistically implemented together with Berlin-based and international artists as well as with members of the urban society.
Presented by Uferstudios GmbH.
Ausufern takes place annually. The next edition is expected in summer 2021.
BAM! Berliner Festival für aktuelles Musiktheater
With its independent music theater community, Berlin is one of the most important centers for contemporary music theater. No other location in the world features a larger number of artists, groups and ensembles who have dedicated themselves to an alternative form of music theater that goes beyond opera. BAM! is the festival for this community. With a jam-packed schedule of programming offering exciting insight into new paths for music theater, every two years it attracts audiences from all throughout Germany as well as abroad for four exhilarating days. The next issue will be postponed from autumn 2021 to spring 2022. BAM! will be biennial from fall 2023 on.
Presented by ZMB - Zeitgenössisches Musiktheater Berlin
The BAM! Festival takes place annually or every other year. The next edition will be held in April 2022.
Berlin Showcase is a festival featuring current productions for very young audiences in and from Berlin. Theater o.N. is the initiator and presents the format together with other performance venues such as Schaubude Berlin. The focus is placed on the presentation, networking and artistic research of the interdisciplinary Berlin arts community creating work for very young audiences. Encounters with the international community of practitioners are made possible and the work of Berlin-based theater artists is presented to national and international curators and presenters.
Presented by Theater o.N.
Berlin Showcase takes place every two years in spring. The next edition is expected in fall 2021.
The Monologfestival at Theaterdiscounter has been held every two years since 2007. For each edition, it coproduces up to ten new theater solos exploring current social and political topics. The new productions of these monologues and performances, which primarily come from Berlin’s independent performing arts community, result in a polyphonic exploration of the topics during this festival. At the same time, the artists and collectives fully investigate the complete range of the genre of monologue with their diverse aesthetic signatures. The festival presents autonomous individual statements that are very well-suited for touring as they lack elaborate sets. Showcases of selected festival monologues from the 2019 edition are planned for the 2020/ 21 season at Lichthof Theater Hamburg, studio NAXOS Frankfurt/Main, and from November 6 to 8, 2020 at Theaterdiscounter.
Presented by Theaterdiscounter.
Monologfestival takes place every two years. The next edition will be held in autumn 2021.
In 2014, Tanzfabrik Berlin founded a new format, Open Spaces, which brings together the current projects of the artists who worked in the Tanzfabrik studios over the course of the year. This means that Open Spaces is not a curated festival; it refrains from providing a central topic and its understanding of dance is intentionally broad and diverse. The artists research connections in interpersonal, social, political and physical spaces, refer to past tendencies in their work and invent as well as discover new methods and concentrations for their work. Open Spaces offers the audience a schedule of programming which is rich in diverse event formats: these include conversations and exhibitions as well as performances, from the first rehearsal impressions all the way to the premiere.
Presented by Tanzfabrik Berlin
Open Spaces takes place two to three times per year. The next both editions are expected to be held in May and in June 2021.
Performing Arts Festival Berlin
Since 2016, the Berlin Performing Arts Festival has presented the diversity of Berlin’s independent performing arts community at numerous theaters and performance venues throughout the entire city on an annual basis. Organized by LAFT Berlin, the festival is realized by the independent performing arts community itself. The schedule of programming collects work from all genres and is supported by an ancillary schedule of events with communication, exchange and network formats. The festival dedicates a special focus to emerging artists with the programming series Introducing... . The festival’s schedule of programming is thus intended both for Berlin’s audience as well as visitors to the city and interested visiting industry professionals from throughout Germany and abroad.
Presented by LAFT Berlin — State Association for the Independent Performing Arts Berlin.
The Performing Arts Festival Berlin takes place annually. The next edition will be held from May 25 to 30, 2021.
Plataforma Berlin takes the current political, ecological and social situation in Ibero-America into consideration and creates interconnections on the topics of climate change and activism. Over the course of an intercontinental and interdisciplinary encounter, BIPOC artists, African-American and indigenous activists and culture makers come together to interact with each other as well as with the audience. Dance, performance, discussions, documentation, workshops, installations and concerts allow traditional and contemporary culture to enter into dialogue with each other and allow insights into ancient and futuristic cultures. In doing so, the effects of the decolonization process on the body are reflected upon, as are the forms of resistance that artists have developed over the course of their emigration to Berlin or as part of a local utopia.
Presented by Martha Hincapié Charry in cooperation with radialsystem, Verlin, DOCK11 with support of Instituto Cervantes, Spanish Embassy
Plataforma Berlin takes place annually. The next edition is expected to be held in summer 2021.
Tanznacht Berlin presents the diversity of choreographic work by artists living and working in Berlin. Initiated in the year 2000 as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Tanzfabrik Berlin, the festival has taken place at Uferstudios in Wedding since 2008. The format changes every two years by including a new curator and is intended to reflect changes within artistic processes and public discourses. As an artistic congregation of Berlin’s dance community, Tanznacht sends clear cultural policy signals and provides an opportunity for intensive exchange. Since 2012, the festival has been offered every other year, alternating with the discursive format Tanznacht Forum (p. 20). Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Tanznacht Berlin festival will take place in two parts; as Vertigo (Part One) in September of 2020 and Vertigo (Part Two) which is currently planned for July of 2021.
Presented by Tanzfabrik Berlin
Tanznacht Berlin takes place every two years. The next edition is expected to be held from July 21 to 24, 2021.
Tanztage Berlin has become one of the most important national and international platforms for new choreographers in Berlin since its founding in 1996. Participation in the Tanztage Berlin festival is an important step toward a professional career for many artists – they receive financial and dramaturgical support. Additional focuses of the festival are international cooperations with many nations, including Iran, Greece, Egypt, Poland, Israel, Sri Lanka and Mexico, as well as new communication and feedback formats. Alongside the founders Barbara Friedrich and Benjamin Schälike, the festival was curated by Inge Koks, Peter Pleyer and from 2014-2020 by Anna Mülter. Beginning in 2021, Mateusz Szymanòwka will be the Artistic Director of Tanztage Berlin.
Presented by Sophiensæle
Tanztage Berlin takes place annually in January. The next edition is yet to be announced.
Since 2013, this annual festival has presented selected performances from the diverse yet often still undiscovered international independent performing arts community of Berlin with a working language of English. Over six evenings, each with one full-length production or two shorter productions, the festival presents a cross section of this community across all performing arts genres and beyond all language barriers. Within ExpLoRE, the newcomer’s platform, the Sunday afternoon is open to smaller formats or work still under development. The 2020 schedule of programming was curated by festival founder Daniel Brunet, producing artistic director of English Theatre Berlin, as well as choreographer Olivia Hyunsin Kim and theater director Shlomo Lieberman, from the applications received based on the criteria of artistic excellence, internationalism and creative diversity.
Presented by English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center
The Expo festival takes place annually in spring. The next edition is yet to be announced.
(Inter)national Festivals in Berlin
Presented by KJTZ and ASSITEJ e.V. in cooperation with theaters in Berlin
The Augenblick mal! festival takes place every two years. The next edition will be held from April 16 to 21, 2021.
Berlin Circus Festival
The Berlin Circus Festival is the festival for contemporary circus in the heart of Berlin. It invites the audience to discover the breathtaking mix of circus, dance and performance during eight high-class productions under our big top. 10 days of festival with young, international artists from all over Europe. Stunning acrobatics, juggling, theatre, dance and a unique festival site.
The festival features renowned productions, spectacular shows, emerging artists and much more. It is the perfect time to discover the so-called contemporary circus, which is already enchanting an incredible number of spectators abroad!
On the site, there are as well art exhibitions, live music and savour delicacies with your drinks in the rays of the late Berlin summer sun.
Presented by Berlin Circus Production
The Berlin Circus Festival takes place annually in summer. The next edition is yet to be announced.
Fratz International is the only festival nationwide held especially for participants aged zero to six. Every two years, Fratz hosts a selection of outstanding visiting productions from various countries in order to make these works accessible to Berlin audiences and the national children‘s theater scene in Germany and to promote international exchange.
Grounded in the belief that art and culture should be available to all persons regardless of age or social or cultural origin, a core element of the festival is that the visiting productions are shown at locations dispersed throughout Berlin — in temporary venues in districts where theater productions otherwise are rare.
Presented by Theater o.N.
FRATZ International takes place every two years. The next edition will be held in spring 2022.
Presented by JugendKulturService gGmbH Berlin
The Ikarus-Spielzeit takes place annually in autumn. The next edition is expected be held in autumn 2021.
In addition to a professional stage program featuring numerous dance performances, the festival offers an extensive supporting program. In collaboration with participating artists, there are introductions to the works performed, discussions, and free workshops for students of all ages and teachers.
The goal of the festival is to make children and young people curious and enthusiastic about dance. To do so, it puts together a joyful and energetic program presenting various aesthetic approaches and types of content from the international contemporary dance scene. The festival not only wish to diversify young people's viewing habits, but also encourage them to participate, empathize, and think outside the box.
The festival is aimed at children and young people ages 6 and over and at anyone who is interested. Most of the dance performances will take place in the morning, in order to enable school classes to attend during school hours.
The festival's main venue is the Uferstudios in Berlin's Wedding area. It cooperates
with TanzZeit e.V. at the Podewil (in Berlin-Mitte), and Theater Strahl.HalleOstkreuz (in Berlin-Lichtenberg).
Presented by C. Erek & I. Zysk GbR
Purple - International Dance Festival for Young Audiences takes place every year in January, the next edition in the second half of march, 2021.
Tanz im August
Tanz im August is Berlin's international festival for contemporary dance. Each year, Tanz im August, presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, invites the audience to join the festival and experience four weeks of the complete dance scope. Productions of international stars, newscomers and choreographs of the Berlin scene bring their works to locations all over the city, among them numerous World and German premieres. Tanz im August also offers many audience engagement formats which offer unexpected access to the programme for the visitors.
Presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Tanz im August takes place annually in August. The next edition is yet to be announced.
Theater der Dinge
The international festival THEATER DER DINGE is one of Germany’s most important festivals for contemporary figure and object theatre. Choosing different themes to focus on, the festival reflects the current trends and currents of the genre, explores peripheries and pushes experimentation at the intersections with affiliated arts. The productions, installations and exhibitions that are invited to participate all possess a unique artistic language, a wholly individual aesthetic quality and a certain urgency with respect to their content.
Presented by Schaubude Berlin
The festival takes place annually in October/November. The next edition is yet to be announced.