Symposium: Performing Arts in the Open Air!

8. September 2021 | 11:00 -
Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (DAZ), Taut Saal, Köpenicker Straße 48, Aufgang A, 10179 Berlin

Symposium: Performing Arts in the Open Air!

In German

We are moving things outside and talking about it!
A second summer is coming to an end in which everything has been different than it was before. Where the huge number of uncertainties stood at the forefront last year, new, innovative formats in unusual locations have shaped the open air summer of 2021. What experiences have artists, culture makers and allies from institutions collected? What do we want to keep from these experiences, forget or further develop?

Artists, groups and production locations such as Jule Gorke (hannsjana), Lukas Matthaei (matthaei & konsorten) as well as Dennis Depta and Marielle Sterra (glanz&krawall) will present their current ideas and projects, share their experiences and put them in context with architectures and funding conditions.

Alexandra von Samson (event technology master, DEKRA hygiene officer for clubs, bars, event gastronomy and events) reports from her many years of experience in the realization of largescale open air events with regard to questions of accessibility. Representatives of advocacy groups such as Jana Korb (Bundesverband Theater im Öffentlichen Raum, the German Federal Association for Theater in Public Space) will report on the rapid developments and changes.

Allies from funding institutions and administrations such as Steffen Klewar (Fonds Darstellende Künste) and Yann-Olivier Kersaint (Projektfonds Urbane Künste) will present the challenges in developing reasonable framework conditions and funding instruments for the summer of 2021 at short notice.


Important Information for Registration

The programming will take place as a live event at the Refugio Berlin – in order to participate, a same-day negative COVID-19 quick test result with corresponding certification is mandatory. A list of nearby testing stations will be provided upon registration.



From 10:00 am: Accreditation and Coffee

11:00 am
A Word of Welcome

Julian Kamphausen & Sarah Stührenberg (Performing Arts Program Berlin)

11:10 am
Keynote Speech: Out of the black boxes, into the action!
Dennis Depta and Marielle Sterra (glanz&krawall)

11:30 am
Presentation: The Draußenstadt Initiative - An Initial Evaluation and a Look into the Future

Yann-Olivier Kersaint (Projektfonds Urbane Praxis)

11:45 am
Keynote Speech: Spaces for Planning / Planning Spaces (Working Title)

Judith Galka (Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin)

12:00 pm
Keynote Speech: Cinematic Urbanism – How Image and Spatial Production Entwine with Public Space Development

Lorenzo Tripodi (Tesserae Urban Social Research), in English

12:15 pm Coffe Break

12:45 pm
Keynote Speech:
Stay together – Keep your distance. On the Dis- and Confusion of the Audience in Urban Space
Jule Gorke (hannsjana)

1:00 pm
Keynote Speech: SWAMP THING – Site-specific Work in Pandemic Berlin

Lukas Matthaei (matthaei & konsorten)

1:15 pm
Barriers in Urban Space – How Accessible are Open Air Formats?

Alexandra von Samson (event technology master, DEKRA hygiene officer for clubs, bars, event gastronomy and events)

1:30 pm
Table Talks and Speed Advisement

With the Information Center of PAP Berlin, the Spaces Workgroup of Laft Berlin, Bundesverband Theater im Öffentlichen Raum, Fonds Darstellende Künste and Projektfonds Urbane Praxis.

2:30 pm: Lunch Break

3:30 pm
Panel Discussion: What do the Performing Arts Need in Urban Space?

With Jana Korb (Bundesverband Theater im Öffentlichen Raum), Steffen Klewar (Fonds Darstellende Künste) and Lukas Matthaei (matthaei & konsorten)

5:00 pm: Closing

Register by September 6:
fachtag2021 [at]