Fourth Industry Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Community

Contemplating | Negotiating | Changing

The fouth Industry Get-Together took place from October 6 to 8, 2016 at Heimathafen Neukölln and the Neuköllner Oper.

Considering and negotiating the realties surrounding us describes one of the basic principles of creative work. Creating one’s own realities and keeping these alive for a limited time is the core of the performing arts. Realities, however, change. “Fragmented realities” or “filter bubbles” are often described as the effects of globalization and the digital revolution. The competencies of the performing arts allows us to become natural experts in these questions, which was reflected in numerous formats during the Industry Get-Together.

The coming elections for Berlin’s House of Representatives changed realities: the movers and shakers behind Berlin’s cultural policies are faced with new challenges and special formats and panel discussions during the Industry Get-Together reflected upon and consider these and other cultural policy developments.

In addition, empowering and training workshops, aesthetic and social topics, negotiated in lectures and other formats filled the two-and-a-half days.

Over the last four years, the Industry Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Community has developed into a one-of-a-kind collection of artists and creatives from the fields of theater, dance and performance with a very international character.

The opening festivities were held on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 pm at Heimathafen Neukölln with a number of speeches, including speeches Nadine Jesssen (Vienna Festival) and Fabian Lettow (kainkollektiv). Followed by a concert by OTiS FOULiE.

In 2016, important cultural policy topics was a special point of consideration: The results of the elections for Berlin’s House of Representatives on September 18, 2016 is marking Berlin’s cultural policy in the coming years.

Additional topics were including, for example, the changing relationship between freelance and regular employment working conditions in the performing arts or the situation and future of cultural education structures in Berlin.

On the other hand the focus was placed on questions concerning the negotiation and changing of realities. Experienced specialists in documentary forms of theater gave workshops, positions often otherwise marginalized were represented, new crossover formats were presented and scholars reflected upon the negotiation of realities in other disciplines.

The schedule of events consisted of workshops, consulting formats (for newcomers and total pros), presentations (with conversations), panel discussions, meal formats and open space formats. A portion of the program was presented in English in order to allow the participation of non-German-speaking members.

Participation was free of charge.
We are looking forward to the Industry Get-Together of Berlin’s Independent Performing Arts Community in 2017!


Julian Kamphausen | Coordinator of the Industry Get-Together

Simone Dede Ayivi | Associated Curator

Franziska Janke | Head of Operations of the Industry Get-Together