5th Industry Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Community

Stage | Emotions | Politics

The 2017 Industry Get-Together, the fifth held since the beginning in 2013, took place from October 19 to 21, 2017 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, featured 43 different events and 507 participants and was another successful convention in the tradition of past Industry Get-Togethers.

To officially open the event, Annemie Vanackere, Janina Benduski, Sandra Klöss and State Secretary for Cultural Affairs Dr. Torsten Wöhlert, amongst others, welcomed the attendees using words with clear content which made the respective positions unambiguously clear in a cultural policy landscape changing strongly with the influence of affect oriented political tendencies.

Eva Behrendt, Dr. Joy Kristin Kalu and Alexander Karschnia built bridges, from “stages” to “affects” to “politics”, to the thematic fields of the Industry Get-Together, and, although their arguments always proceeded from their own observations and experiences, included terms such as authenticity, directness and much more in new contexts.

The cultural policy update formats on Friday were very well attended from the early morning on and the large amount of relevant information for members of the independent performing arts community were provided to a highly interested audience.

In cooperation with Kulturpolitischen Gesellschaft (Regional Group Berlin/Brandenburg), formats were held with cultural policy makers from the political parties represented in Berlin’s governing coalition. Members of the independent performing arts community and political representatives were able to engage in direct exchanges as well as question and explain positions and plans over the course of a panel discussion.

Saturday included open conversation formats on topics such as identity and intimacy in new narratives of children’s and youth theater, changes in cultural institutions from the perspective of critical whiteness, ensembles and participation and many more central ideas on the agenda. After this, we all looked back on the ten-year history of LAFT Berlin.

The longer workshops, which were offered on Friday as well as Saturday, were all fully attended, placed a great deal of focus on practical aspects and offered room for deeper discussions.

We are very pleased that the more than 90 speakers and workshop leaders represented the internationalism and diversity of Berlin's independent performing arts community and that more than two-thirds of the speakers were women.

The 2017 Industry Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Community received excellent feedback from its visitors.


Julian Kamphausen | Coordinator of the Industry Get-Together

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

A look back

Impressions of the 4th Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Industry 2016.