Independent Performing Arts

The self-perception and collaboration within Berlin’s independent performing arts community is not solely a function of similar aesthetic or content-based perspectives; it is primarily a result of the shared experience of independent, self-driven work.

LAFT Berlin

LAFT – Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin (the Berlin State Association for the Independent Performing Arts) represents the interests and needs of the professional independent performing arts community of Berlin publicly and politically. It creates foundations for solidary forms of networking, promotes the transfer of knowledge and offers services for the community. The LAFT Berlin website and newsletter regularly provide information about cultural policy developments as well as events, calls for applications and funding application deadlines.

Berlin Performing Arts Program

With the Performing Arts Program, LAFT Berlin has created an effective instrument for the infrastructural strengthening, professionalization and networking of Berlin‘s independent performing arts community.


There are additional structures dedicated to the useful and empowering combination of genre-specific similarities. These exist beyond the independent performing arts community and are intended for all members of the relevant genre’s community.

AG Puppen- und Figurentheater

Berlin is a center for contemporary puppet,figure and object theater and features a diverse landscape of independent performers,ensembles and performance venues. The AG Puppen- und Figurentheater, or Working Group for Puppet and Figure Theater, has dedicated itself to the needs of this genre in Berlin, represents its interests publicly and politically and also advocates for the genre within LAFT Berlin.

BUZZ – German Federal Association od Contemporary Circus

BUZZ, the German Federal Association of Contemporary Circus, is a network and platform for the field of contemporary circus in Germany. The shared website of all Städtepole, or regional divisions, provides a comprehensive pool of information. Regular meetings provide information for all interested parties on a local level.

Forum Neuer Zirkus

Forum Neuer Zirkus works as an exchange platform for the discussion and further development of the art form of contemporary circus. Emerging from a group of diverse Berlin-based culture makers in the fields of circus and aerial acrobatics in 2014, the Forum has been the co-organizer of the Europe-wide La Nuit du Cirque in Germany since 2021 and is the organizer of the national festival Zeit für Zirkus.

Tanzbüro Berlin

Tanzbüro Berlin is the information and advising center for Berlin-based artists working in the field of dance and interested parties from outside the city. With the website (p. xx), the discount card tanzcard, the review portal, the magazine tanzraumberlin or the Watch Me Dance campaign, it provides a variety of opportunities for orienting oneself within Berlin's dance landscape as well as networking. In addition, Tanzbüro Berlin works with initiatives and work groups in a variety of areas within Berlin's dance community in order to rectify deficits and found new initiatives.

TanzRaumBerlin Netzwerk

The TanzRaumBerlin Netzwerk brings together Berlin venues, presenters, institutions and artists whose goal is to strengthen the field of dance. The network meets regularly and is an important forum for exchange, discussion and cooperation.

Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin e.V. (ZTB)

Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin e. V. (ZTB), the Berlin Association for Contemporary Dance, represents the interests of choreographers, dancers, companies and dance institutions in Berlin. It provides information to and advises its members, gives them a public voice and, as the entity behind Tanzbüro works to achieve improvements in the working situation of the field of contemporary dance in Berlin.

Contemporary Music Theater Berlin e.V. (ZMB)

ZMB – Zeitgenössisches Musiktheater Berlin, the Berlin Association for Contemporary Music Theater, represents the cultural policy interests of Berlin’s independent music theater community. It promotes the discourse, maintains exchanges with other music theater communities and has presented the festival BAM! Berlin Festival of Contemporary Music Theater since 2018.


In order to network all artists and culture makers, organizations have formed in Berlin that work across all genres to promote shared interests.

Diversity Arts Culture

Diversity Arts Culture is a design and consultation office for diversity development in the cultural sector. Its tasks include diversity-oriented consulting for cultural institutions and the cultural administration. Diversity Arts Culture develops anti-discrimination workshops for cultural professionals as well as empowerment services for marginalized artists. It also provides anti-discrimination counseling for arts and culture. Diversity Arts Culture is part of Stiftung für Kulturelle Weiterbildung und Kulturberatung.

Coalition of the Independent Arts Community

The Coalition of the Independent Arts is an interdisciplinary advocacy group to sup-port the interests of Berlin’s independent arts community. As an open platform, it bundles and develops ideas for new cultural policies. There are four public plena each year to which all artists and those interested in cultural policy are invited.


KREATIV KULTUR BERLIN is the Berlin advisement center for cultural funding and the creative economy of Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH and is made up of four components: Kulturförderpunkt, Kreativwirtschaftsberatung, Creative City Berlin and Crowdfunding Berlin (cultural funding, creative economy advisement, Creative City Berlin and Crowdfunding Berlin).

Council for the Arts

The Council for the Arts is an elected independent body consisting of 24 individuals from Berlin’s cultural sector. It provides guidance for current questions and sees itself as a mediator between policy and cultural practice and provides impulses for future-oriented developments.