Why do independent dance and theater productions offer communication formats? Why do artists and performance venues participate? What artistic interest do they have in this? What do audiences expect and what do they get out of these formats How are these communication activities financed and how should they be financed? An annual Symposium has been held since 2015 in order to reflect upon these questions together with the members of Berlin’s independent performing arts community. The Symposium sees itself as a platform for examination and further development of the practice of communication within the independent performing arts community.