Community Festivals


Photos: Aaron Williams, 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 2024.

BAM! Berliner Festival für aktuelles Musiktheater

Music Theater
Music Performance
Photos: James Chan-A-Sue, 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: Bernhard Musil

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 and FELD - Theater für junges Publikum. 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.

from 07.10.2023 to 19.11.2023

Berlin Showcase takes place every two years in spring. The next edition will be held  in October/November 2023.


Photo: Dieter Hartwig

Since autumn 2022, Tanzfabrik Berlin Bühne's presentation format "Folds" has stood for a recurring condensation of artistic projects linked by a loose thematic or conceptual framework. The concept of Falten is neither a season nor a festival. It operates in the in-between and takes place at irregular intervals throughout the year. As heterogeneous events, the folds include talks, screenings, performative exhibitions, first rehearsal impressions and premieres.

Presented by Tanzfabrik Berlin

Falten is held annually between September and May.

FIGURE IT OUT – Treffen und Showcase für Figurentheater

Contemporary Puppet/Object Theater
Photo: Gabriel Morales

In honor of its 30-year anniversary, Schaubude Berlin presents Figure It Out, the new community event of the Alliance of International Production Venues for Figure Theater. Each year, Figure It Out wanders between Berlin, Leipzig and Stuttgart, presenting the diversity of the genre and inviting colleagues to talk amongst themselves. This year’s edition will present exclusively Berlin-based artists and offers 10 days full of experiments with puppets, sound objects, materials, avatars and masks in productions, try outs, smaller formats throughout the entire theater building, encounters between the audience and artists as well as a picnic and a party. The schedule of programming will be rounded out by a three-day professional discussion about artistic research in figure and object theater as well as a StageJam to research the theatrical potential of online tools. The primary funder of the festival is the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

Presented by Schaubude Berlin

Figure It Out takes place in annual rotation in Berlin, Leipzig and Stuttgart (in Berlin in 2023).


Pictures: Loris Rizzo

The Monologfestival at TD Berlin has been held every two years since 2007. In each edition, it coproduces up to ten new theater solos with a shared topic. The focus is placed on societal change and the question of the room to maneuver for individuals in relation to other people. Extraordinary world premieres by renowned theater makers and collectives are created through this, as well as by newcomers. The coproduction festival continuously explores the potential of monologue-based positioning anew in a polyphony of artistic signatures and disciplines and builds new, unexpected bridges from I to We each time. The seventh edition will be held in November 2023 and has the working title COMMON SENSES. The following year, selected works will be presented again within the schedule of programming of TD Berlin as a double bill.

Presented by Theaterdiscounter.

from 09.11.2023 to 19.11.2023

Monologfestival takes place every two years. The next edition will be held in November 9. - 19, 2024

Plataforma Berlin

Photos: Gianni Bettucci, Cristian Flores, Genilson Guajajara

PLATAFORMA BERLIN represents BIPoC artists (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), culture makers and activists with an indigenous background who are dealing with climate change, decolonialism, extinction, ancestral knowledge and politics. Through reflecting upon the approaches and wisdom of those who came before, the festival searches for options for a sustainable future. International guests and the local Berlin artists work with interdisciplinary media such as expanded performance, video installation, ceremonies, virtual reality and the performing arts. In dance, music, documentary films, discourses, practices and parties, the bodies play the leading role. The next edition of PLATAFORMA will take place in 2023 on the stages and open areas of Radialsystem and DOCK11-EDEN.

Presented by Martha Hincapié Charry in cooperation with Radialsystem & DOCK11.

Plataforma Berlin takes place annually. Dates for 2024 not yet know.

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 2025.

Tanztage Berlin

Photos: Mayra Wallraff (1), Ethan Folk (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, Anna Mülter and most recently by the dance dramaturg Mateusz Szymanówka.

Presented by Sophiensæle

from 05.01.2024 to 20.01.2024

Tanztage Berlin takes place annually in January. The next edition will be held in January 5 - 20, 2024.

The Expo

Spoken Theater
Photo: Sebastian Runge

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 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. ExpLoRE, the newcomer's platform, 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. Annually. Next edition in February 29 2024.

(Inter)national Festivals in Berlin

Augenblick mal!

Children's & Youth Theater

Augenblick mal! is the biennial festival of theater for young audiences in Germany. For nearly 30 years, it has supported the development of children’s and youth theater and has created an audience for this type of theatrical art. Every two years, this festival, the only national German festival for children’s and youth theater, presents ten extraordinary and trailblazing productions from Germany. In addition to the guest performances, this national platform for theater for young audiences offers the visiting industry professionals from Germany and abroad space for artistic exchanges and reflection.

Presented by KJTZ and ASSITEJ e.V. in cooperation with theaters in Berlin

The Augenblick mal! festival takes place every two years.

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.

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

Icarus had courage and an ambitious goal before his eyes and thus can stand as an image for the spiritual capacity for flight of human beings in the mythological world. With the IKARUS prize, JugendKulturService honors the broad and high-quality theatrical landscape for young audiences in Berlin once per year. The IKARUS prize honors productions that make going to the theater a special experience for children and youth. The IKARUS prize does not stand for pure entertainment and the following of the mainstream, but instead for the courage to take and an artistic risk and to dare to achieve the extraordinary. With the IKARUS prize, JugendKulturService seeks to attract the interest of the public to this special theatrical event and offer the audience aid and orientation in the selection of a piece of theater to attend.

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 2023.

NO LIMITS – Disability & Performing Arts Festival Berlin


NO LIMITS is Germany’s largest and most prominent festival for disability & performing arts and was celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022. It manifested itself as an exuberant theatre, performance and dance festival – once again in cooperation with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, RambaZamba Theater, Theater Thikwa, Ballhaus Ost and for the first time FELD Theater für junges Publikum.

It was showing almost 50 performances and concerts in 11 days, around 25 productions and projects, an international inclusive exchange programme for artists and students, as well as a festival blog with young journalists – presenting NO LIMITS once more as a European hub for artists with and without disabilities, as a place for innovative movement and for inclusive encounters.

NO LIMITS 2022 presented works from ten countries that aesthetically intensified current questions on art, society and disability and put them up for discussion.

Presented by Lebenshilfe gGmbH Kunst und Kultur in cooperation with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Theater Thikwa at F40, Ballhaus Ost, Sophiensäle

The festival takes place every two years. The next edition is expected 2024.


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

from 20.01.2024 to 28.01.2024

Purple - International Dance Festival for Young Audiences takes place every year in January, the next edition in January 20 - 28, 2024.

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.

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

from 03.11.2023 to 09.11.2023

The festival takes place annually. The next edition will be held in November 3 - 9, 2023.

Zeit für Zirkus Berlin 2023

Contemporary Circus

From 17-19. November 2023, Zeit für Zirkus Berlin transforms the districts of the city into a circus landscape full of diverse performances, workshops and events related to contemporary circus arts. As part of the nationwide festival Zeit für Zirkus, the German counterpart of the international Nuit du Cirque, it invites you to experience, celebrate and discover contemporary circus in its diverse expressions. Zeit für Zirkus Berlin 2023 is made possible by funding from Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin and organised by Forum Neuer Zirkus.

Presented by Forum Neuer Zirkus

from 17.11.2023 to 19.11.2023