Berliner Festspiele’s programme archive.

Theatertreffen 2015

© Piero Chiussi

Current Programme Series and Venues


The national contests hosted by Berliner Festspiele are aimed at young people between the ages of 11 and 21 who are active in the fields of theatre, dance, music and literature. The meetings of the winners in Berlin are an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, for development and for self-reflection.

Archive of Bundeswettbewerbe(National Contest)

Gropius Bau

The Gropius Bau is one of Europe’s most important exhibition venues. With its acclaimed contemporary and archaeological exhibitions, the Gropius Bau has consistently opened up new realms of experience and established its international reputation.

Archive of Gropius Bau

Haus der Berliner Festspiele

The venue in the Schaperstraße is of the most significant theatre buildings of post-war Germany. Since 2021 the Haus der Berliner Festspiele is home to the festivals and programme series of the Berliner Festspiele and an attractive venue for a wide range of performances by international guests.

Archive of Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Jazzfest Berlin

Presenting both style-defining icons of jazz and young positions from a wide variety of styles, Jazzfest Berlin presents a festival programme full of creative border-crossings and collective visions.

Archive of Jazzfest Berlin


MaerzMusik sees itself as a place to exchange artistic knowledge(s) through new encounters and collective experiences. The festival is rooted in the multimodality of listening, contemporary music, and sound, employing concerts, performances, installations, music theatre, film screenings, and discursive formats to open up a space where life, art, and theory can co-exist.

Archive of MaerzMusik

Musikfest Berlin

Musikfest Berlin sees itself as a forum for the innovative creative work carried out by large-scale orchestras and ensembles in the genre of classical and modern music. It presents an ambitious festival programme with alternating focal points.

Archive of Musikfest Berlin


Every year, Theatertreffen brings remarkable productions from the German-language region as well as works by emerging artists from across the world to Berlin. The festival takes a look at the status quo and the future of theatre.

Archive of Theatertreffen

Other Programme Series and Special Events


Since 2005

The international literature festival berlin has been a guest at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele since 2005. The events from 2005 to 2011 at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele can be found under the links below. The complete archive can be found at

The Sun Machine Is Coming Down


From 7–17 of October 2021 the Berliner Festspiele brought the long-disused International Congress Centre Berlin (ICC) back to life with performances, circus arts, music, films, and installations with the project “The Sun Machine Is Coming Down”.

The New Infinity


With the programme series “The New Infinity”, the Berliner Festspiele examined planetariums as galleries of the future and made the architecturally unique shape of the dome available to artists as immersive experiential spaces of the present.



The Berliner Festspiele’s programme series “Immersion” presented the work of artists who transcended the conventional oppositions between work and viewer, stage and auditorium, object and observer.

Sundays for Hong Kong


The cinematic action “Sundays for Hong Kong” presented films from and about Hong Kong at the cinema at Gropius Bau with free admission.

Talking about Change


he discussion series “Talking about Change” brought together people from diverse walks of life.



The art form of contemporary circus was the focus of the programme track “Circus”, which presented research projects and guest performances at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

One Day with ...


The series of events “One Day with …” presented various artists and their cosmos at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, in a situation that encourages a change of perspective.

Foreign Affairs


Foreign Affairs was the Berliner Festspiele's international performing arts festival with an intercultural, discursive and politically informed interdisciplinary programme.



In the event format “Netzkultur” workshops, discussion, lectures and events were organised at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele to discuss aspects of how the reality of our lives has been changed by the digital era.



The Monday talks on cultural politics “It needn’t be this way!” at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele were an attempt to formulate a comprehensive change instead of hold crisis talks and explored examples from Germany’s neighbouring countries.



The format “spielzeit’europa” continued the theatre focus of the Berliner Festwochen as an independent series and presented extraordinary dance and theatre events as a four-month season at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Berliner Lektionen


In the “Berliner Lektionen” series, artists, academics and people who had left their mark on their time took to the stage with speeches, lectures and talks in Sunday matinees.

Anniversary 2011

The Berliner Festspiele opened the new cultural season with a big anniversary celebration to mark its 60th birthday, with concerts, readings, theatre, exhibitions, stage tours and dance for everyone on stage.