Selected young arts journalists, authors and theatre enthusiasts will provide artistic and journalistic coverage of Theatertreffen on, focussing especially on the use of social media tools.


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2022 Open Call

We are looking for young arts journalists, authors and theatre enthusiasts who would like to attend and critically reflect the 2022 Theatertreffen. What is required is a keen eye that will not only view the festival’s invited productions and its discursive programme in a variety of contexts, but also consider and challenge power structures in the field of culture. Furthermore, the 2022 Theatertreffen-Blog sees itself as a space of mutual learning, where already existing expertise can be applied to develop art and journalism.

The open call and detailed information about the applications for the 2022 Theatertreffen-Blog can be found here:
Open Call 2022

The application period ends on 6 February 2022.

We are looking forward to seeing all applications and to launching the new blog edition of 2022!

Seating area in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

© Eike Walkenhorst



Heads of the project: Antigone Akgün, Ozi Ozar
Tel +49 30 254 89 233

The Theatertreffen-Blog

Every end implies a new beginning. The 2021 Theatertreffen-Blog took its leave from the World Wide Web, only to join the 2022 Theatertreffen with a new look and a new orientation, both in the analogue and the digital world. The 2022 Theatertreffen-Blog, the first one under the new direction of Antigone Akgün and Ozi Ozar, sees itself as a space for experimenting with ways of considering theatre and arts journalism through performative devices. The focus does not necessarily have to lie on the written word. Instead, the aim is to create multi-media coverage with an artistic vision. In this context, the journalistic suitability of social media platforms will be tested in particular. Furthermore, the Theatertreffen-Blog intends to create a closer network with the fellows of the International Forum and the authors and artists involved in the Stückemarkt.

In 2022, five young arts journalists will provide critical on-site coverage of Theatertreffen. Experienced mentors will support them in their work. The 2022 Theatertreffen-Blog is designed as a safer space and aims to grant access to the world of culture and the media to a broad range of voices from marginalised communities. Qualifications will be honed, journalistic writing skills will be developed and new formats will be invented. Applications for participation in the Theatertreffen-Blog can be submitted in the context of an open call which is usually published towards the end of the previous year.

Overview of all years


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. From 2016 to 2021, Janis El-Bira was head of the Theatertreffen-Blog. In 2022, Antigone Akgün and Ozi Ozar will take over as heads of the project.

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