Hamburg – Berlin Exchange

The festival “Hauptsache Frei” was held in Hamburg for the first time from April 15 – 18, 2015. A collaboration between LAFT Berlin and Dachverband freie darstellende Künste Hamburg allowed numerous visiting industry professionals from Berlin to attend the festival in Hamburg. Space for intercity exchange in both closed and open formats was offered in an ancillary schedule of events. For the third Industry Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Community, LAFT Berlin would like to return the invitation and has warmly invited visiting industry professionals from Hamburg to Berlin.

During the Industry Get-Together, the next step towards a continuous exchange between Berlin and Hamburg will be made and the foundations for a new form of interregional collaboration in Germany beyond Hamburg and Berlin will be laid.

The Hamburg - Berlin Exchange is supported by the Rudolf Augstein Foundation.

Industry Get-Together Events with Participants from Hamburg:

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015, 3:00 pm
    Guest Friendships Initiative (networking format)
  • Friday, October 9, 2015, 4:30 pm
    Coffee and Cake with Representatives of International Festivals for Theater, Dance and Performance
  • Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10:30 am
    Funding Structures in Berlin and Hamburg (lecture and Q&A)

Work Groups (only with prior registration)
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  • Funding Structures Work Group
    Representatives of both associations and registered guests will discuss the further joint strategy and the coming steps for reforming the funding structures.
  • Exchange with the Cultural Affairs Administration Work Group
    Representatives from the cultural affairs administrations of Hamburg and the Berlin senate are invited for an exchange regarding the challenges, opportunities and problems with the municipal funding structures.
  • Promoting the Independent Performing Arts as Part of the Culture Industry? Work Group
    Representatives of the Berlin department for the funding of the culture industry, representatives of the associations and representatives of Kreativgesellschaft Hamburg and Kulturprojekte Berlin have been invited.
  • Production Exchange Berlin-Hamburg Work Group
    How can more momentum be brought into the exchange of productions between Hamburg and Berlin? Representatives from Hamburg and Berlin will search for a first step.
  • Festivals, Touring Production Funding, Coproduction and Network Work Group
    Network meetings are currently conducted upon the initiative of individual performance venues or festivals but are not conceived and planned by associations. There is also no funding instrument for this. Over the course of the meeting between representatives from Hamburg and Berlin, we will also consider how  things can move beyond these two cities.