Introducing... 2022

Each year, the Berlin Performing Arts Festival presents works created within the city and the artistic positions of the independent performing arts community in a shared festival. With Introducing…, PAF, together with the four cooperating performance venues Ballhaus Ost, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensæle and Theaterdiscounter, provide a schedule of programming with a focus on artists who are newcomers to Berlin. The goal is to provide space for promising artists, artist groups and collectives and their first new productions for the community in which presentation, discussion and reflection are possible. This serves both as an “introduction” to Berlin’s independent performing arts community as well as to “introduce” Berlin to new positions.

The Newcomer’s Platform Introducing... searches for promising artists, artist groups and collectives whose work is based in Berlin or will be based in Berlin, who work professionally but who are not yet professionally established in Berlin’s independent performing arts community and who define themselves as “newcomers” in the broadest sense. They should already have made their first connections within Berlin’s independent performing arts community. 

As numerous productions over the last two years have not been able to be presented or have only be able to presented to reduced audiences, we are only inviting restagings of existing work that has been created since 2019 to apply for the Introducing…format in the 2022 edition of PAF. Premieres cannot be submitted. You are welcome to apply with both analog and digital formats as well as with hybrid formats. It is also possible to apply with productions that were originally digital and which are now intended to be presented to a physically present audience. In this case, however, the applicant is asked to provide an artistically convincing and financially reasonable concept for the transformation into an analog version.


The open call is closed. The submission deadline for your applications was February 4, 2022. Further informations you can in the FAQs.

We expressly state that, within the scope of our (financial and organizational) resources, we would like to support the transformation of work that already exists if there are artistically convincing reasons for this. We are unable to support the creation of new productions.


Please send your question, briefly formulated, as early as possible in the application period to introducing [at]