Digital Symposium On Tour – Current Realities, New Plans and Old Utopias of International Mobility in the Independent Performing Arts Community

June 10, 2020, 3:00 pm
June 11, 2020, 5:00 pm

Languages: German and English, we are working on obtaining additional languages
Access will be provided upon registration.

The perspectives on touring in the independent performing arts community have changed radically in recent weeks – and all the same, we still would like to come together virtually and, especially at this moment, talk about what the future of national and international mobility in the independent performing arts can look like in the future. Mobility continues to increase in significance: touring increases the visibility of productions and often seems absolutely necessary in order to deal with a network world in an artistic manner. In addition, cooperations promote intercultural exchange and enrich the artistic and personal development of those involved. These clearly recognizable opportunities, however, also face complex challenges.
What strategies can be developed for international work? How can the current situation be used for strategic planning and research? How can the existing networks of producers, presenters, residencies and artists be expanded in a sustainable manner? Where will the funding for this come from? How can collaborative and sustainable working processes in global contexts be designed in the future? And, what structures need to be created in order to do so?

In order to attend, please send an email by June 8, 2020, at the latest, to:

Schedule of Events

June 10, 2020

3:00 to 3:45 pm:
Official Welcome & Presentation of the Schedule of Events (German)

With Caroline Galvis, Florian Hohnhorst (Performing Arts Program Berlin)

Followed by: Funding Programs and Touring Networks Introduce Themselves (German)

With Bundesverband freie darstellende Künste [the German Federal Association of the Independent Performing Arts], Touring Artists / Kreativ-Transfer, Nationales Performance-Netzwerk [National Performance Network], Internationaler Koproduktionsfond [International Co-Production Fund] / Goethe-Institut (invited), INTHEGA (invited), Tandem / MitOst (invited), Förderprogramme Internationaler Kulturaustausch / Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa [International Cultural Exchange Funding Program / Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe] (invited)

4:00 to 5:30 pm, parallely:

Workshop: Strategies for Working Internationally – Opportunities and Challenges (German)

With Katja Sonnemann (independent producer, director of the Academy for Performing Arts Producers)

en Exchange / Expert Discussion on Online Distribution (German)
With Elisabeth Caesar (Spectyou), Katja Grawinkel-Claassen (fft Düsseldorf), Bernhard La Dous (vorschlag:hammer), moderated by: Maike Tödter (Zwei Eulen)

June 11, 2020

5:00 to 6:30 pm:
Activities and Plans of the Berlin Performing Arts Program (German)
With Caroline Galvis, Florian Hohnhorst, Sarah Kindermann (Performing Arts Program Berlin)

Followed by: Short Presentation and Round of Discussion About the Future of International Collaboration in the Independent Performing Arts (German/English)

With Anke Politz (Bundesverband zeitgenössischer Zirkus / Federal Association of Contemporary Circus), Elena Polzer (ehrliche arbeit, Berlin), Anastasia Tchernokondratenko (Kosmonaut Productions, Antwerpen), Gianni Bettucci (Familie Flöz, Berlin) und Marcela Giesche (Lake Studios Berlin), moderated by: tba.

In order to participate, please send us an informal email by June 8, 2020 to

Both the workshop and the exchange will take place parallel to each other on June 10 and each can only accommodate a limited number of participants. As a result, please let us know which of the two formats you would like to participate in.

This event will be multilingual, taking place in both German and English. We are currently working on translation options.


Caroline Galvis
Central Point of Contact & Touring Office
Phone: +49 30 / 33 84 54 51

Florian Hohnhorst
Central Point of Contact & Touring Office
Phone: +49 30 / 33 84 54 51