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Seeing what’s ahead

Berliner Festspiele stand for a cultural programme where the new becomes visible. All year round, they host a multitude of festivals, exhibitions and individual events in two houses – the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Schaperstraße and the Martin-Gropius-Bau near Potsdamer Platz – and other venues in the city. The combination and network of a festival house and an exhibition hall bears special potential for interdisciplinary project formats and the interaction of different forms of art. An annual programme includes the exhibitions at Gropius Bau, the festivals MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, Theatertreffen, Musikfest Berlin and Jazzfest Berlin, the programme series Immersion and Circus as well as four National Contests for young people in the fields of theatre, dance, music and creative writing. In addition, there are education programmes, international guest performances, special events, venue rentals and conferences. Since Thomas Oberender was appointed director in 2012, Berliner Festspiele have been focusing on topics like immersion, the effects of the digital cultural transformation on artistic practice, performativity, alternative ways of artistic production and cross-genre approaches. Their formats provide both an overview and orientation, creating new connections between contemporary art, technological innovation and heterogeneous forms of work, discourse and experience.

Thomas Oberender
Artistic Director, Berliner Festspiele
Image: Haus der Berliner Festspiele © Philipp Jester / Ta Trung, 2013