Cultural Policy Update II – Labor and Social Policy Brunch

Podium Discussion
18. June 2021 | 14:00 -

Cultural Policy Update II – Labor and Social Policy Brunch

Audiostream (available on demand afterward)

The year 2021 is and will remain a year for cultural policy!
The elections in Berlin on September 26 as well as on the federal level will also set the course of cultural policy for the independent dance, theater and performance landscape. Alongside the formation of the newly elected government, budget resolutions are expected at the end of the year that are being awaited with particular excitement following the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Berlin Performing Arts Program will accompany these events with regular discussion formats.

On June 18, 2021, we will now turn explicitly to questions of labor and social policy from the perspective of the independent performing arts during the Labor and Social Policy Brunch. What weak points in social policy have become (more) visible during the pandemic? What approaches to solutions have been developed and which additional steps can we introduce and realize in order to advance permanent social safeguards for freelancers?

Cultural Policy Update II – Labor and Social Policy Brunch
June 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm, audio stream (available on demand afterward)

With: Lisa Basten (trade union secretary of ver.di), Helge Meyer (managing director of BFDK, the German Federal Association of the Independent Performing Arts) and additional guests.
Moderated by: Elena Philipp (nachtkritik, DLF)

We ask you to please send us your questions about labor and social policy topics in advance per email to kulturpolitischeupdates [at] so that we are able to discuss them with the experts.


During the cultural policy breakfast on May 28, 2021, the cultural policy speakers Regina Kittler (Die Linke), Frank Jahnke (SPD), Dr. Robbin Juhnke (CDU) and Daniel Wesener (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) took part in a discussion moderated by Elena Philipp (cultural journalist) and Michael Müller (TD Berlin): (in German)

Following this, the Berlin Performing Arts Festival and the Theatertreffen festival dedicated themselves to the situation of the performing arts during the pandemic during the discussion Corona Update #3000 – What Now?. Amongst others, participants in the discussion included Berlin’s State Secretary of Culture, Torsten Wöhlert, the artistic director of Sophiensæle, Franziska Werner, and Janina Benduski from LAFT Berlin, moderated by the independent choreographer Rose Beermann:


Questions about labor and social policy topics?
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