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 and additional fields as well as international communities. Talks, presentations, panel discussions, work groups, workshops and table conversations all focused on one overarching topic open innovative points of ac-cess and provide new food for thought. The Industry Get-Together is especially focused on participation: from the selection of the topic using an open call process to the design and implementation of the professional convention open to everyone itself.

Presented by Performing Arts Programm Berlin

Annually in fall. Next edition tba.

Symposia presented by the Berlin Performing Arts Program

Photo: Jörg Farys

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 well-founded knowledge  and set new impulses within the independent performing arts. Following successful symposia such as Collective. Networked. Solidary. Forms of Collaboration in the Independent Performing Arts or Translate! A Symposium on Language and Language Transfer in International Productions, the topics of touring and sustainability within the independent performing arts, amongst others topics, will be covered in 2019/2020.

Presented by Berlin Performing Arts Program

Several times per year.

Performersion — Days of Performing & Immersive Arts & Performersion International – Arts, Digitality, Practice

Photo: Pablo Dornhege

Performersion has taken place within the scope of re:publica, one of the most important conferences on topics related to digital society, on an annual basis since 2016. Members of the independent performing arts community as well as people working in the fields of digital research and technology development create ideas over the course of collaborative formats. Additionally, Performersion International has taken place since 2020. Here, future digital opportunities for members of the independent performing arts community will be reflected upon and developed further. The primary focus is placed upon the appropriation of digital production methods and the learning of new aesthetics in order to strengthen the participants as self-empowered digital creators.

Performersion presented by re:publica & Performing Arts Programm Berlin.

Performersion International presented by Performing Arts Programm Berlin.

Performersion as part of re:publica: May 2021.

Performersion International expected in January 2021.

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.


Next edition September 11, 2021.