Berliner Events

Berlin Diagonale

Photo: Stephan Röhl

Berlin Diagonale is a presentation platform and offers easy access to Berlin’s independent performing arts community for visiting professionals. The goal of Berlin Diagonale is to raise the awareness of work produced in Berlin nationally and internationally through open table formats and presentations, to create opportunities for cooperations and to further develop the networking of the key players within an (inter)national context.

In conjunction with the major festivals in Berlin, Berlin Diagonale takes place several times per year.

Industry Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Community

Photos: Mathias Völzle

The Industry Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Community is an annual conference of over 500 artists and participants from the fields of dance, theater and performance with many international guests. Space is provided here for conversations and encounters; there are also opportunities for working toward structural changes within the community in mutual exchanges, sharing knowledge and specifying cultural policy demands.

The Industry Get-Together takes place each year in autumn.

Symposia presented by the Berlin Performing Arts Program

Photo: Mathias Völzke

The LAFT Berlin Performing Arts Program presents symposia for visiting professionals, colleagues in Berlin and all other interested parties several times per year that consider current developments within the independent performing arts community. Following successful symposia such as “City Stages Spoils - Performing Arts in Public Spaces” and “Working Independently – Models, Structure and Future,” amongst others, the topics of transnational production conditions will be explored as well as new communication formats of the independent performing arts community will be examined over the course of the 2018/2019 season.

These symposia are held several times per year in association with events and festivals within the community or as independent events.

Performersion — Days of Performing & Immersive Arts

Photo: Gregor Fischer/ re:publica CC

With Performersion – Days of Perform- ing & Immersive Arts, artists, developers, initiators and researchers from the independent performing arts community and the digital research and technology development community are brought together to develop ideas and practical work in collaborative formats. Performersion results in the formation of a unique interface in which a wide variety of experts come together and present themselves with a great deal of potential for transfers. This allows inspirations and impulses to be researched and implemented as well as allowing long-term interdisciplinary cooperations to be initiated.

Presented by re:publica and Berlin Performing Arts Program

Performersion took place every year since 2016 as part of re:publica and the event will be continued in the future.


Photo: Anna Stein

The Tanznacht-Forum is always held in the year between the biennial Tanznacht Berlin festival in order to discuss current questions within the field of contemporary dance. The primary focus is placed on a discursive format which is integrated with performative projects. The forum was launched in 2015 with “Visionary Arguments” (Visionärer Widerstreit), a seven-hour discussion program intended to design visions for the production conditions in the field of contemporary dance and to “argue” about them. In 2017, three dialogs were initiated under the title “unsettled landscape” which dealt with the question of which aesthetics take shape in contemporary dance today and where they draw their key terminology from – (dance) historical, political, cultural. Both formats were accompanied by artistic work.

Presented by Tanzfabrik Berlin

from 01.08.2019

The Tanznacht-Forum is held every two years generally at the end of August; the next edition will be held in August 2019.

Theater & Netz

Photo: Theater & Netz CC

The conference “Theatre & Internet” questions consequences for the dramatic arts in regards to digitalization. Topics of discussion focus on aesthetical issues, technological developments and political aspects. Furthermore new opportunities of online communication, marketing and audience developement are subject of the conference. “Theatre and Internet” strives to bridge between Europe’s leading conference on internet and society re:publica and the Berliner Theatertreffen, Germany’s leading theatre festival.

from 04.05.2019 to 05.05.2019

The conference has been held annually since 2013. The 7th edition will take place on May 4 and 5, 2019.