2016 Berlin Performing Arts Festival

The Berlin Performing Arts Festival will be held for the first time throughout the city from May 23 – 29, 2016. The festival will present the work and artistic positions of the independent performing arts community at over 50 Berlin performance venues and event locations.

A Full Schedule on the Weekend

Berlin will be the melting pot of the independent performing arts from May 27 – May 29: for three jam-packed days, over 50 theaters and performance venues through the entire city will present a schedule of programming featuring nearly 120 theater, performance and dance productions.
More information about the schedule of programming.

New Names - the Newcomer’s Platform

The Newcomer’s Platform for new and newly arrived talent in Berlin will kick off the festival from May 23 – May 25, 2016. Up to twelve productions will be selected from an open call and presented in the four performance venues that have initiated the festival. In addition to the festival and the presentations, the newcomers will also be supported and accompanied on their journey through Berlin’s independent performing arts community through workshops and consultations.
Newcomer’s PlatformMore Information about the Newcomer’s PlatformNewcomer’s Platform

Ancillary Program

The ancillary program of the festival offers the opportunity to meet Berlin-based artists. Thematic tours led by members of the independent performing arts community will visit the diverse landscape of Berlin’s performance venues, allowing the audience members to become acquainted with the cultural cartography of the city.
More about the ancillary program


The Berlin Performing Arts Festival is organized by LAFT - Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin in cooperation with the performance venues HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensaele, Ballhaus Ost and Theaterdiscounter.
More about the team

Städtelabor - Open Space Hamburg

The festivals of the independent performing arts communities Hauptsache Frei (Hamburg), 6 Tage frei (Stuttgart), Performing Arts Festival (Berlin) and RODEO (Munich) are working more closely together in 2016. The festival Hauptsache Frei is inviting three artists from Berlin to Hamburg.
More information about the Städtelaborhttp://www.hauptsachefrei.de/staedtelabor/


The LAFT Berlin Performing Arts Program

Telephone: +49 30 / 33 84 54 51
Fax: +49 30 / 33 84 54 53


Prenzlauer Berg Office at Ballhaus Ost:
Pappelallee 15
10437 Berlin

Kreuzberg Office at Kunstquartier Bethanien:
Mariannenplatz 2
10997 Berlin

Background and History

The goal of the Performing Arts Festival is to present the diversity of the independent performing arts in Berlin and to make them visible within a larger framework as a successor to the 100° Berlin Festival which was held for the last time in February 2015 by Ballhaus Ost, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Sophiensælen.
More about the Background and History