General Refurbishment Haus der Berliner Festspiele
June 2020 to February 2022
General Refurbishment of Haus der Berliner Festspiele – June 2020 to February 2022
In June 2020, the final phase of technical and energy-related general refurbishments of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, which were initiated in 2010, will begin. The refurbishment measures are expected to be completed in February 2022.
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festival and touring operations required by Berliner Festspiele, which have been located in the building since 2001, out-of-date stage and maintenance technology were modernised between 2009 and 2011 with funds from the federal Stimulus Package II.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. Alternate venues will have to be rented for Jazzfest Berlin, which will take place in the autumn of 2020, as well as for the national contests Tanztreffen der Jugend, Treffen junger Autor*innen and Treffen junge Musik-Szene. The house will be available once more for film screenings of the Berlinale in February 2021. The following festivals MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues and Theatertreffen as well as the national contest Theatertreffen der Jugend will also be able to take place at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Festivals and national contests planned for the autumn of 2021 will once more have to be held elsewhere. Alternative offices (Rankestraße 5/6) have been rented for the staff of Berliner Festspiele for interim use.
The technical and energy-related refurbishment of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele marks an important factor for sustainable and efficient property operations of KBB (Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, Federal Cultural Events in Berlin, ltd.). The company had already committed itself to the European Union’s annual EMAS-Certification (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) in 2013, and thus to sustainable ecological management.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Festspielhaus again in February 2021 and to your visits to our alternative venues and our online platform Berliner Festspiele on Demand.
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.