Our education and development formats are geared towards children and young people of all ages, towards parents and educators but also to students and young artists.

National Contests

Our four National Contests (Theatertreffen der Jugend, Tanztreffen der Jugend, Treffen junge Musik-Szene and Treffen junger Autor*innen) provide a platform where young artists can exchange ideas and experiences. One main aim is to support their autonomy: We are interested in the young people’s own language, artistic expression, points of view and attitudes. More than a contest, the meetings are an opportunity for our young participants to develop and reflect on their creativity and themselves. The National Contests place great importance on diversity and inclusion for the programme, in order to enable an equal participation of all prize winners.

Parallelwelten (Parallel Worlds)

Parallelwelten is a programme devised by young people for young people. Through a variety of formats, it links itself to the programmes featured by the festivals or to an exhibition at Gropius Bau, always in parallel with the contexts and duration of these events. Workshops and discursive formats will be developed together with a peer group of young adults, who will in turn contribute topics and priorities for the target group (16+). The main interest here lies in a close cooperation with Berliner Festspiele’s existing programme lines.

The education programme Parallelwelten will once again cooperate with the Theatertreffen this year. These workshops deal with the narration and realisation of a story in film: from writing the first word to expert direction to the timing of the final cut.

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Funded by Karl Schlecht Stiftung

Karl Schlecht Stiftung

Cooperation with schools and colleges

Our festivals have a long-standing tradition of cooperating with departments of theatre studies and musicology at several universities. Discursive formats and creative programmes that encourage participants’ own compositions and productions are part of these cooperation projects, such as Open Campus or QuerKlang, for example. We are looking forward to hearing young voices and opinions on all of our activities!

Berlin Mondiale

A collaboration between young refugees from the AWO Refugium at Kaiserdamm, the Berliner Festspiele and the Berlin University of the Arts

The Berlin Mondiale initiates and monitors partnerships between cultural institutions and refugee centres in Berlin. Launched in 2014, this project by the Rat für die Künste Berlin, with special support from the Flüchtlingsrat Berlin e.V. is financially supported by the Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung Berlin and sponsored by the Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V. Since the autumn of 2015, Berliner Festspiele and the Berlin University of the Arts have been partners of the Berlin Mondiale and work together with the residents and the team of the AWO Refugium at Kaiserdamm.

They developed the concept of organising cultural outings to events of Berliner Festspiele with the residents, providing them with access to local cultural events. Discovering their new city became the topic of the interactive art project “home sweet home”, which took place in September 2016. Together with people from the Berlin neighbourhood of Wilmersdorf, team members of Berliner Festspiele and other interested participants, residents of the AWO Refugium at Kaiserdamm created a model city over three days. This participatory approach was extended with the project “We fix the future”, in which the refugees and action artist Anna de Carlo developed an interactive theatre action over a period of several months, which was presented at the 2017 Theatertreffen. This art project was continued in 2018 at both the Theatertreffen and Jazzfest Berlin.

Working group Berlin Mondiale cooperation at Berliner Festspiele:
Katharina Fenderl, Christopher Hupe, Agata Lorkowska, Necati Öziri, Anne Phillips-Krug, Anja Predeick, Judith Rücker, Lisa Schmidt, Brigitte Schröder, Linda Sepp, Jeroen Versteele, Sander von Lingelsheim, Adrian Waschmann, Anneke Wiesner, Tatjana Wittulski