There’s no fake news here! Selected young arts journalists, photographers, video journalists, bloggers and radio journalists cover the Theatertreffen on

Key visual Theatertreffen-Blog 2020

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No Open Call for 2021

In 2020, the Theatertreffen-Blog could only be realised in a significantly reduced special edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because we place great value on practising solidarity in the fields of arts and culture and on sustainable support for artists, we have decided to forego an Open Call for 2021 and to re-invite the bloggers who took part in the 2020 special edition.

We are looking forward to receiving applications for the 2022 Theatertreffen-Blog in the autumn of 2021!

The Bloggers 2020/2021

Seven culture bloggers accompanied the Special Edition of the 2020 Theatertreffen-Blog. They will again be invited to write for the 2021 Theatertreffen-Blog.
To the bloggers



Project Leader: Janis El-Bira

The Theatertreffen-Blog

Days will turn into nights and nights into days for the editorial staff of the Theatertreffen-Blog. Five to seven young arts journalists with various fields of expertise and focuses will provide swift and critical on-site coverage of the Theatertreffen with the support of experienced mentors. They are not only busy writing reviews and keeping a critical eye on the festival from a wide range of angles, but also concerned with developing new formats, working together as a close-knit editorial team and honing their own journalistic skills. Potential participants can apply to take part in the Theatertreffen-Blog following an open call which is posted at the end of each year.
Overview of all editions


Relocating the festival newspaper – which was produced from 2005 to 2008 in cooperation with the Berliner Zeitung – to the internet expanded the reach and transparency of the festival’s coverage: discussions on the productions invited to the festival could be followed independently of time or place, and audiences were able to contribute their views via the comments section. The expansion of the call for submissions to include not only German but also English-speakers participants led to a more international tenor in the debates. And not least of all, requiring participants to have their own blog produced a selection of contributors who were already active online.

The Theatertreffen-Blog has developed into its own independent digital brand, and was linked by Guardian Online, and the feminist blog, among others, as an original source. The Theatertreffen-Blog’s media partners include the Berliner Zeitung, EXBERLINER, 3sat/Kulturzeit,, Theater der Zeit, ZEIT ONLINE and blogger Mary Sherpe from as well as Johanna von Stülpnagel from These partners have given staff support to the blog editorial team and its work by releasing journalists from work to act as mentors, media support in terms of linking, and content support through their own reviews and postings.

From 2011 to 2015 the Theatertreffen-Blog was funded by the Rudolf Augstein Foundation. Since 2016 the Theatertreffen-Blog has been funded by Stiftung Presse-Haus NRZ.

The Theatertreffen-Blog was founded in 2009 by Nikola Richter, who was its head until 2013. In 2014 and 2015, Bianca Praetorius took over this position. Since 2016, Janis El-Bira has been heading the Theatertreffen-Blog.

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