General Refurbishment Haus der Berliner Festspiele
June 2020 to February 2022
Programme Update for the First Half of 2021
We regret that the guest performances at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele planned for March and April cannot take place due to the pandemic. We are trying to arrange alternative dates and will keep you informed of further developments on our website, in our newsletter and through our social media accounts.
General Refurbishment of Haus der Berliner Festspiele – June 2020 to February 2022
For the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, the penultimate phase of technical and energy-related general refurbishments, which began in 2010, started in June 2020 and is expected to be completed in February 2022. We will open the house to the public for a few weeks in the spring of 2021, provided the development of the pandemic allows this opening.
The building, based on designs by architect Fritz Bornemann and opened as the “Theater der Freien Volksbühne” in 1963, is one of the outstanding theatre buildings of post-war modernity and is under protection. There have been no major renovation measures since the building opened. In order to provide the high multi-functional demands of modern festival and touring operations required by Berliner Festspiele, which have been located in the building since 2001, out-of-date stage and maintenance technology were modernised between 2009 and 2011 with funds from the federal Stimulus Package II. Measures to upgrade the roof of the box office foyer with regards to energy-consumption and statics were carried out in the summer of 2018. In 2019, the eastern and western facades, the roof areas, the stage tower and the side stage were refurbished in accordance with regulations for the protection of historical buildings, and drainage facilities for the exterior areas were installed. Currently, the remaining facades and the stage entrance are being refurbished and the ventilation system is being replaced. From June 2020, the interior office areas will be worked on.
Due to the finalisation of these measures, it will be necessary for the festival and event operations to be carried out in external venues. The festivals MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues and Theatertreffen as well as the Theatertreffen der Jugend will take place at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, inasmuch as the pandemic allows. Festivals and national contests planned for the autumn of 2021 will once more have to be held elsewhere.
You can find impressions of the construction measures in our gallery.
About Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Haus der Berliner Festspiele is both the central venue for festivals, programme series and special events hosted by Berliner Festspiele and the theatre and event venue of the institution Berliner Festspiele.