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The 2024 Theatertreffen

The next Theatertreffen is scheduled to take place from 3 to 19 May 2024. The 10 remarkable productions will be announced in late January / early February 2024. The programme will be published in April.

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Welcome to the 2023 Theatertreffen

By Olena Apchel, Carolin Hochleichter, Joanna Nuckowska and Matthias Pees

This 60th festival edition will examine which topics, social processes and political transformations are shaping the theatre of today – and which encounters and exchanges of ideas can help to make them artistically productive. How can we create a safe, yet open space for a multitude of viewpoints on complicated issues of our times? Together with you, we would like to explore, discuss, expand and celebrate the theatre as a space of possibilities.

10 remarkable productions have been selected by a jury of critics from among around 450 new theatre shows in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They will take us on a multifaceted expedition to discover the powerful world of performance and imagery in German-language theatre. Several topics raised by these 10 productions will be reflected in the series 10 Treffen (10 Meetings), which intends to open up spaces for encounter and resonance on a European scale. The events of this new format, including performances, conversations, an exhibition and interventions, will frame the 10 remarkable productions and each Treffen will have a central concept.

Our entire team has been of invaluable support during the festival’s preparations and we would like to thank them very much! And we also thank our partners: above all, the German Federal Cultural Foundation for their long-standing support of the festival, and the main sponsors and partners of the 10 Treffen-series – the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb and Goethe-Institut – as well as 3sat for our reliable and fruitful media partnership.

We are looking forward to 18 days of theatre and 18 days of discursive, performative and celebratory Treffen with you!

A Female Quota of 50 %

With its 2020 festival edition, the Theatertreffen introduced a female quota of at least 50 percent in the direction position for the ten remarkable productions. The jury and the festival’s directors have agreed to extend this rule for another year, up to and including the 2024 festival.

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