&friends Visit at the 2022 Berlin Performing Arts Festival

Create experimental formats, change processes and come together with the audience in a new way.The last two years have clearly shown how innovative, flexible and vital the independent performing arts community is.

The city-wide 2022 edition of the Berlin Performing Arts Festival will once again bring together audience and artists from May 24 to 29, 2022 at familiar locations and explore new places together.The seventh edition of  PAF, which is organized each year by LAFT – Landesverband freie darstellnde Künste Berlin e.V., is celebrating the diversity of the independent performing arts community with a schedule of programming including nearly 50 new productions in all genre of the performing arts from Berlin’s independent performing arts community.

With the national networking format PAF &friends Visit, we bring artists from independent performing arts communities through all of Germany together as visitors to festivals and create space for artistic exchanges, further development and the starting points for long-term collaborations.

The selected artists will be invited to become acquainted with the aesthetics and working methods of the productions of the festival, attend the discourse events and take advantage of wide-ranging networking opportunities. They will come together as a group over the course of shared breakfasts, during events offered within the schedule of ancillary programming and while attending performances to share their experiences. During workshops on artistic collaboration and encounters as aesthetic practice, they have the opportunity to enter into exchanges with each other and present their own processes.


Taking Part

All artists working within the field of the independent performing arts who primarily work in Germany and have the time and interest to take part in the &friends Visitprogram from May 24 to 29, 2022 are welcome to apply. The Deadline was April 12, 2022. Travel expenses will be covered for guests who must travel to Berlin.  All participating artists will receive accommodation in the same hotel during the festival and will receive one free ticket for each day of the festival. Following the festival, all participants are asked to take part in the documentation of the experiences at the festival and connections made through their participation in &friends Visitand will be compensated in the amount of 300 EUR for this.


FESTIVALFRIENDS is an initiative of the association of regional performing arts festivals, consisting of the Berlin Performing Arts Festival, 6 Tage frei (Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg), Hauptsache Frei (Hamburg), RODEO (Munich), FAVORITEN (Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia), Der Rahmen ist Programm (Chemnitz) and IMPLANTIEREN (Frankfurt am Main, Rhein-Main area). You can find more information by visiting: www.festivalfriends.de

FESTIVALFRIENDS is made possible by the program »Verbindungen fördern (Promoting Connections)« of the German Federal Association of the Independent Performing Arts using funds provided by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The Berlin Performing Arts Festival is organized by LAFT – Landsverband freie Darstellende Künste Berlin and is funded by the State of Berlin, Senate Department for Culture and Europe.