Burning Issues

Ever since the first conference of female theatre makers in 2018, BURNING ISSUES has engaged wherever urgent issues are being discussed, joining co-operating cultural institutions and partners in addressing new questions and current challenges of the theatre and culture sector. 

With this sixth edition – and the third held in co-operation with Theatertreffen – the conference format BURNING ISSUES continued the dialogue within the cultural landscape: Together with the invited stakeholders and all participants, they dealt with the question of solidarity. The conference invited participants to take a threefold look: at joint successes in the past, at current problems of the present and at new utopian ideas for working in theatre and culture in the future. 


Press Registration

Member of the press were invited to register at burning.issues@savetheworld.de until and including 7 May 2024.


In a separate section of the conference entitled BURNING ISSUES Kids, we asked for the first time those who we generally only talk about specifically for their point of view: the children themselves. Children between the ages of four and twelve could be registered until 3 May.


On 11 and 12 May, the events were simultaneously translated into German sign language. Special spaces for wheelchairs were provided in the conference rooms. Furthermore, there were beanbag chairs at Sophiensæle. Sensory triggers were announced upon registration. 
The doors to the conference rooms remained open throughout so that participants could leave and re-enter the spaces at any time. FFP2-masks were provided free of charge.

Photo and Video Documentation

The three days of the conference were recorded on video and there is photo documentation as well. After BURNING ISSUES, the recorded events will be published free of charge and with English subtitles. By visiting the conference, participants agreed to the photo and video documentation.


Artistic Directors: Nicola Bramkamp and Luca Sonnen
Curators: Nicola Bramkamp, Nora Hertlein-Hull, Thea Hoffmann-Axthelm, Teresa Monfared and Luca Sonnen
Production Management (Organisation and Coordination): Ann-Kristin Meivers
Production Management (Budget Management and Administration): Franziska Bald
Concept and Text: Martin Bien
Organisational Support: Anne Eigner and Anna Tenti
Graphics Design and Social Media Management: Denise Neuen
Press: Martin Bien, Ann-Kristin Meivers, Luca Sonnen with the support of Berliner Festspiele’s press office


For questions on barrier-free access:
Ann-Kristin Meivers

A project by SAVE THE WORLD in collaboration with Theatertreffen and Szenografie-Bund. In co-operation with Sophiensæle and Deutsches Theater Berlin. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung.