Dive in, see things differently, experience something new. Berlin’s independent performing arts community invites to more than 120 productions!

These will take place at over 60 performance venues and locations, moving through all possible genres and right across the city: from theater to performance, puppet theater, music theater, dance all the way to installations and site-specific work.

A very contemporary Faust will meet a virtual chatbot version of Heiner Müller, pieces about capitalism, cybernetic bodies, gender and gentrification will meet sci-fi versions of the big bang, family comedies and much more – the high level of energy of the festival will be felt all over Berlin. Strong performances, guided tours, “hiking trails”, presentations and discussions, early bird specials and late night specials in the festival center: check out the schedule of events and go to the theater!

Background and History

The Berlin Performing Arts Festival celebrates the diversity of Berlin’s independent performing arts community at numerous theaters and performance venues throughout the entire city. Since 2016, this annual week-long festival has presented the work and artistic positions of Berlin’s performing artists and groups working in all genres. More about the Background and History

Cities Lab

The festivals of the independent performing arts community, the Berlin Performing Arts Festival and the festivals Favoriten (Dortmund), Hauptsache Frei (Hamburg), 6 tage frei (Stuttgart) and RODEO (Munich), are forging closer ties. 

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Performing Arts Community - Be Part of the Festival

LAFT Berlin invites all professional Berlin-based artists, groups and performance venues of the independent performing arts community to participate in shaping the schedule of programming by offering their productions and events as part of the Berlin Performing Arts Festival! More Information


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.
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Supported by

Here you can find all informations about the support, media and cooperation partners of the 2017 Berlin Performing Arts Festival. 

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