Community Festivals


Photo: Thore Rehbach

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 2022.

BAM! Berliner Festival für aktuelles Musiktheater

Music Theater
Music Performance
Photos: Marcus Lieberenz

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. Since 2019, BAM! has been taking place in cooperation with Volksbühne Berlin.



Presented by ZMB - Zeitgenössisches Musiktheater Berlin

The BAM! Festival takes place every other year. The next edition is expected in 2024.

Berlin Showcase

Performing Arts for very young Audiences
Photos: Dieter Hartwig

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 2023.


Picture: Christiane Patic / Christin Striegler

The Monologfestival at TD Berlin 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 the 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 Monologfestival presents autonomous individual statements that are very well-suited for touring as they work without elaborate sets. The 6th edition, entitled FANTASTIC TIMES, took place in 2021 under the motto Werden.Könnte.Anders. In 2022, selected works will be shown again in a showcase format and are planned to tour the Netzwerk Freier Theater – NFT.

Presented by Theaterdiscounter.

Monologfestival takes place every two years. The next edition will be held in autumn 2023.

Open Spaces

Photo: Katarzyna Szugajew

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

It is currently unclear if there will be a next edition of Open Spaces, see link below.

Performing Arts Festival Berlin

Independent Performing Arts Made in Berlin
Photo: Alina Bader

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. In 2020 and 2021, the festival took place in a digital and / or hybrid format; selected contents continue to be available within the archive on the festival website.

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 in May 2023

Plataforma Berlin

Photos: Cristian Flores, Genilson Guajajara

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 date of the next edition has not yet been set.

Tanznacht Berlin

Photos: Dieter Hartwig

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.

Presented by Tanzfabrik Berlin

Tanznacht Berlin takes place every two years. The next edition is expected to be held in September 2023.

Tanztage Berlin

Photos: Ethan Folk (1), Mischa Leinkauf (2)

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 new discourse, 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. since 2021, dance dramaturgue Mateusz Szymanòwka is the Artistic Director of Tanztage Berlin.

Presented by Sophiensæle

Tanztage Berlin takes place annually in January. The next edition will be held in January 2023.

The Expo

Spoken Theater
Photo: Jerun Vahle

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 multiple evenings, each with one fulllength 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 schedule of programming is curated by festival founder Daniel Brunet, producing artistic director of English Theatre Berlin |International Performing Arts Center, as well as two new associate curators, 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. The next edition will be held in summer 2023.

(Inter)national Festivals in Berlin

Augenblick mal!

Children's & Youth Theater

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 21 to 26, 2023.

Berlin Circus Festival

Contemporary Circus
Photos: Miikkael Kukkula

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 will be held from August 5 to 14, 2022.

Fratz International

Performing Arts for Very Young Audiences

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 is expected to be held in 2024.


Children's & Youth Theater
Photos: Kay Herschelmann

Presented by JugendKulturService gGmbH Berlin

The Ikarus-Spielzeit takes place annually from October to November. The next edition is expected to be held in autumn 2022, with an awards ceremony on November 11, 2022.


Dance For Young Audience
Iron Skulls Co. "Sinestesia", Photo: David Brock

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 from January 14 to 22, 2023.

Tanz im August

Photos: Dajana Lothert

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 will be held from August 5 to 27, 2022.

Theater der Dinge

Contemporary Puppet/Object Theater
Théâtre sans Toit "Cubix", Photo: Jean Yves Lacôte

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 from November 1 to 7, 2022.