Berlin Performing Arts Program
Advising, Networking, Strengthening: A Program for the Independent Performing Arts Community
The LAFT Berlin Performing Arts Program is intended for all independenttheater and dance makers in Berlin. We have worked to structurally strengthen and professionalize the independent performing arts in Berlin and increase their visibility since 2013. The offers provided within the program are specifically oriented to the circumstances and needs of the members of the community. The established formats will be continued as of 2016 in four main focuses and supplemented with new ideas.
Information, Consultation & Qualification
With diverse formats, including individual consultation sessions, discussions with experts, information events, workshops and network meetings, we advise and qualify both newcomers as well as firmly established members of the independent performing arts community. All offers are free of charge for independent artists and culture makers with a registered address in Berlin and are tailored to their situation and individual needs. Beginning in 2017, a Consultation Portal and an annual Symposium will supplement the existing offers of the Mentoring Program and Information Center.
Distribution & Marketing
As an interface between Berlin’s independent performing arts community and potential consumers, we increase the (inter)national visibility of Berlin’s artists, initiatives and organizations. The focus of the activities is oriented around impulses from the community and the opportunities for Berlin’s art and culture makers resulting from this work. Proactive Marketing requires the development of new markets, making it easier to access work produced in Berlin and specific networking efforts. As the community’s Central Point of Contact, our work will be supplemented by a Welcome Portal and an annual Information Brochure.
Network, Knowledge Transfer & Cooperations
Our goal is to network the members of the independent performing arts community with each other and with colleagues from other disciplines, cultural policy makers, international community and other fields. The annual Industry Get-Together is an established event for encounters and shared discussions, work and research. Regular theme-based symposia are offered in order to collect and communicate our constantly growing store of knowledge. The Rehearsal Space Platform is a new point of contact between those offering and those searching for rehearsal space. And Special Events, generally in the form of cooperations with other associations and initiatives, stimulate new networks and transfers of knowledge.
Audience Development & Communication
We see ourselfes as an interface between artistic production and audiences: alongside the monthly schedule of programming of Theater Scoutings Berlin, we continuously develop new Target Group-Specific Offers with the goal to establish a sustainable engagement with and a permanent interest in the independent theater and dance community in Berlin. We also see ourselves as a platform for communication: together with members of the independent performing arts community, our current communication practices are reflected upon and elaborated during an Annual Symposium and will be passed on in the form of a handbook.