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Theatertreffen 2023: Worldwide Open Call for International Forum | 10.05- 28.05.2023

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The Theatertreffen of the Berliner Festspiele will take place in the period from 10 to 28 May 2023 and will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. The new, multilingual management team – Olena Apchel, Marta Hewelt, Carolin Hochleichter and Joanna Nuckowska – began planning and designing the next festival edition at the beginning of September this year.

Image caption: Marta Hewelt, Carolin Hochleichter, Joanna Nuckowska, Olena Apchel © Jacobia Dahm / Berliner Festspiele

In addition to the presentation of the ten remarkable productions from the German-speaking world, the programme planning will focus in particular on the aspect of “meeting”. Accordingly, the Theatertreffen is continuing its tradition of the renowned International Forum and inviting artists* from all over the world to Berlin for an 18-day scholarship programme. The Open Call is now open to theatre professionals from all fields worldwide, with the closing date for applications being 9 December 2022.

The promotion of young artists by the International Forum has been an integral part of the Berliner Festspiele Theatertreffen for decades and a burning glass for current trends in theatre and society. It sees itself as a creative experimental field, a transdisciplinary laboratory and a self-reflexive element of the festival. In this sense, it aims to open up hybrid spaces in which the boundaries between performing and visual arts, media art and science become fluid. With its invited artists from diverse aesthetic, cultural and political backgrounds, the International Forum is a political space for thought and experience for the art of tomorrow.

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Joanna Nuckowska, Marta Hewelt, Olena Apchel, Carolin Hochleichter © Jacobia Dahm / Berliner Festspiele

During the Theatertreffen 2023, the scholarship holders of the International Forum are invited to present and discuss their own artistic practice in various formats. There will also be the opportunity to attend the performances invited to the festival as well as workshops with renowned artists, experts and academics from various disciplines. Furthermore, open space events and discussions on current trends in contemporary art as well as excursions into the diverse cultural landscape of Berlin will be offered.

The Open Call is aimed at theatre-makers from all fields worldwide, especially from directing, acting, set design, costume design, lighting design, dramaturgy, text production, music, video, performance, media, choreography, production management and theatre education.

Further information on the application procedure
Dates Open Call:

Application period: 17 October to 9 December 2022
Announcement of the selected scholarship holders: End of February 2023

The Theatertreffen will take place between 10 and 28 May 2023.

The International Forum takes place in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

In 2022, it was supported by the German Stage Association. Further sponsors were the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria, the Ministries of Culture of the Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Cultural Administration of the City of Munich and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony.


Exhibition dates: Wednesday, 10 May. until Sunday, 28 May 2023

Berliner Festspiele
Schaperstraße 24
10719 Berlin

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