The Marketplace of Possibilities: Sustainable Togetherness in the Independent Performing Arts

17. April 2023 | 13:30 -
Haus der Statistik Otto-Braun-Straße 70–72, 10178 Berlin

The Marketplace of Possibilities: Sustainable Togetherness in the Independent Performing Arts

How can rehearsal and work spaces, stage and costumes designs, tools or also idea be used better in the future within the independent performing arts? What contribution to an ecological as well as socially  more sustainable form of producing can the shared use of material and immaterial resources make? Which initiatives and people are already active in Berlin? How can we better network ourselves?

During the event Marketplace of Possibilities - Sustainable Togetherness in the Independent Performing Arts that we are organizing together with the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste, the German Federal Association for the Independent Performing Arts, and the network “Performing For Future” we want to discuss the sharing of resources in the independent performing arts on April 17 in Haus der Statistik. The goal is stronger networking as well as having a discussion regarding how and with what means an infrastructure that is used jointly can make a contribution to ecological as well as social sustainability.

In addition, there will also be time and space during the event to become acquainted with initiatives and work with a variety of working groups including, amongst others, the working group Ökologie/Listening to Climate Change of the Initiative für ein Kulturfördergesetz (the Initiative for a Cultural Funding Law), a variety of initiatives and members of the community dealing with the topic of rehearsal and work spaces as well as the state associations for the independent performing arts cooperating within the project Performing Arts - Performing Future.

Information about language and accessibility: This event will take place in German spoken language. All of the event locations and backstage areas are accessible via ramps. The location is acoustically affected by its current status as a large-scale construction site.


Schedule of Events

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Open Tour of the Haus der Materialisierung (I)
Here, all of the guests can receive a little insight into this model project as well as get to know the individual initiatives who are active within this place. The meeting place is the information point located in the lobby of Haus der Statistik.
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2:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Coffee Break
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Opening of the Marketplace of Possibilities and Presentation of the Working Groups and Initiatives
3:30 pm to 7:00 pm: The Marketplace of Possibilities
The participants include, amongst others: Tobias Brenk (platform
CopProg), network Initiativen für Materialkreisläufe (IfM), Neuköllner Oper, network Performing for Future, Produktionsbande – krass & krasser, StuFF, WHAT IF - Projektbüro für nachhaltige Kultur, Zentraldepot Dresden and 17 Ziele Camp in Ludwigsburg
In the large auditorium “Otto” of Haus der Statistik, more than ten initiatives that have dedicated themselves to a sustainable, shared use of resources within the independent performing arts will introduce themselves. This will result in the creation of a space to get to know each other, exchange as well as think together about a better networking leading to more sustainability in the arts.
At the beginning of every hour (4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm): Introduction of the initiatives in short live interviews
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Networking Meeting for Work Spaces and Rehearsal Spaces (Seminar Room): 
With, amongst others, PROSA, Kulturraum Berlin gGmbH, the Berlin Rehearsal Space Platform, Berliner Netzwerk freier Projekträume und -initiativen
Parallel to the hustle and bustle of the marketplace, we invite you to visit the seminar room next door to attend the networking meeting for those working the field of working spaces and rehearsal spaces. Following a brief presentation of the respective work of each group or initiative, there will be a round of discussion and the opportunity to take part in an open exchange.
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm: Working Meeting of the working group Öko / Listening to Climate Change
With the working group Öko / Listening to Climate Change of the Initiative für ein Berliner Kulturfördergesetz (the Initiative for a Cultural Funding Law for Berlin)
The working group will present the Initiative for a Cultural Funding Law for Berlin and its demands in the area of sustainability. In addition, the working group invites the participants to continue to draft the position paper of the initiative together. New members are warmly welcome!
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Snacks on offer / dinner
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Open Tour of the Haus der Materialisierung (II)
(see above)

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm: Closing Discussion Sustainable Together – How Do We Keep Going?
With Janina Benduski (program direction of the Berlin Performing Arts Program), Daniela Billig (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Dr. Robbin Juhnke (CDU), Titus Laser (Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe), Dr. Manuela Schmidt (DIE LINKE), Tobias Veit (Schaubühne Berlin/Bühnenverein), and, amongst others, Muriel Nestler (AG Materielle Infrastruktur/KdfS), moderated by: Anne Schneider
What perspectives, opportunities and challenges does the sharing of resources offer for art and culture? What will be asked of the administration, politicians, civic society and institutions in order to achieve this? What can associations do in the future and what can initiatives do? To close out the event, the invited guests from the fields of politics, initiatives, administration and associations will discuss this central question of the day.

Please register until April 12, 2023 by sending an email to: marktplatz [at]
You are very welcome to attend the event spontaneously!