Call for Participation Berliner Festspiele’s Living Archive
We are looking for visitors of our events and festivals who are willing to share their experiences or memories with us and, perhaps, with the audience at Gropius Bau. These memories could either refer to current festivals like MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, Musikfest Berlin, Theatertreffen or Jazzfest Berlin or concern festivals and programme series that no longer exist, such as Metamusik-Festival, spielzeit’europa or Horizonte – Festival of World Cultures. Find out more
You can still access the concerts and music videos featured at this year’s festival edition, including the focus topics Jazzfest Berlin – New York, Jazzfest Berlin Radio Edition, Jazzfest Berlin Outer Spaces and Jazzfest Berlin Off Stage on ARTE Concert and Berliner Festspiele on Demand, free of charge. To the videos.
We present two “Starke Stücke” from the 2020 Theatertreffen which could not be recorded before October 2020 due to the pandemic: “Der Menschenfeind (The Misanthrope)”, directed by Anne Lenk, and “Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän (Man in the Holocene)”, directed by Alexander Giesche! To the recordings
In 2021, Berliner Festspiele will have their 70th anniversary. As well as a living archive, there will be a programme conceived jointly by the institution’s festival directors and curators at Gropius Bau in March. For the first six months of the year, we have planned six international guest performances at Haus der Berliner Festspiele as well as an opera performance at Kühlhaus Berlin. The festivals MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, Theatertreffen and Theatertreffen der Jugend will once more be able to use the Haus der Berliner Festspiele as their venue, and we are looking forward to the comprehensive retrospective of Yayoi Kusama’s works at Gropius Bau. Read more
All year round, Berliner Festspiele host a multitude of festivals, exhibitions and individual events in two houses – the Haus der Berliner Festspiele at Schaperstraße and the Gropius Bau near Potsdamer Platz – and other venues in the city. More
Edition No. 29
The weight of the votes: In the latest issue of the edition, Elske Rosenfeld, Klaus Wolfram and Jan Wenzel discuss how the citizens’ movements created a draft constitution and new public spheres in 1990. (in German)
Refurbishing at Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Construction work will continue until February 2022. During a hiatus in the refurbishment in the spring of 2021, the house will be open to the public once more, provided that the pandemic development allows this.
The Gropius Bau Journal is an online platform that aims to explore entangled futures, and ways of thinking and living together, using the broad themes of the exhibition programme as a lens to look at the wider world. Publishing new writing from artists, writers and thinkers, it looks to range across disciplines and to consider the role of an art institution in the 21st century.
Featuring works by Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Isaac Julien and Annette Messager, a comprehensive group exhibition at the Gropius Bau titled Masculinities: Liberation through Photography explores the ways in which masculinity is experienced, performed and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day.
We have been following EMAS guidelines for sustainable environmental performance since 2013. Find out more about our goals and the measures that we have already taken on the website of our umbrella organisation.
Statement by the “Initiative GG 5.3 Weltoffenheit”
As representatives of public cultural and research institutions in Germany, we share a mandate from the state to promote arts and culture, historical research and democratic education and to make these accessible to the general public. Toward this end, we rely on a public sphere that welcomes controversial debates in accordance with the norms of the German constitution. At the center of our initiative lies a common struggle against antisemitism, racism, right-wing extremism and any form of violent religious fundamentalism.