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    THE ART OF STAYING MANY. Nationwide Forums for Art, Freedom and Democracy

    The Fonds Darstellende Künste is organizing forums at nine locations across Germany - with art, activities and debates.

  • Tile: Lettering 02. October 2024 Theaterpreis des Bundes, Haus der Berliner Festspiele and on www.fonds-daku.de black on a pink background.

    Theaterpreis des Bundes

    The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) is once again awarding the Federal Theater Prize in 2024.

Current application deadlines

  1. Production funding 02.09.2024
  2. Network funding 05.09.2024
  3. GLOBAL VILLAGE KIDS Rural 01.10.2024
  4. GLOBAL VILLAGE KIDS Digital 01.10.2024
  5. Revival funding 07.10.2024

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  • Grafic: In the background rays with color gradient, on it the text: The art of staying many. Nationwide forums on art, freedom and democracy. Berlin, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Berlin, Potsdam, Erfurt, Weimar, Dresden.

    THE ART OF STAYING MANY

    The Fonds Darstellende Künste is organizing forums at nine locations across Germany - with art, events and debates. Starting in Berlin, the journey continues to Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Potsdam, Erfurt, Weimar and Dresden. The mobile theater truck stops everywhere and becomes a platform, a space for discourse, a cinema and a stage. The Art of staying many. Each for themselves - and together in heterogeneity, pluralism and acceptance of our diverse society.

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    Call for proposals GLOBAL VILLAGE KIDS

    There are currently small residual funds for projects (up to a maximum of 3,000 euros) available that can still be realized in 2024. Do you have a suitable project that you would like to realize? The project office of GLOBAL VILLAGE KIDS will be happy to advise you by phone or email.

  • A performer stands in a dark blue coat with a red fur hood on a green field. On her head, the person is wearing a kind of helmet with antlers from which strings of pearls hang. The eyes and nose are covered by a piece of glittering fabric that forms the visor of the helmet. © soilfilms Michael Weihrauch

    BLICKWECHSEL – Publika und Politiken der Darstellenden Künste

    In her latest documentary, Janina Möbius examines the relationship between audiences and artists against the backdrop of growing social challenges. The film premiered on May 25, 2025 as part of "THE ART OF STAYING MANY".

  • Tile: Lettering 02. October 2024 Theaterpreis des Bundes, Haus der Berliner Festspiele and on www.fonds-daku.de black on a pink background.

    Theaterpreis des Bundes 2024

    The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) is once again awarding the Federal Theater Prize in 2024. Theater institutions can now apply with their portfolio and innovative formats. The closing date for entries is 15.04.2024.

  • A person with short blond hair in an orange costume and pink gloves on a stage licks a wall of transparent foil erected to the audience. © Kathinka Schröder

    The "CHICKS* case" at the WILDWECHSEL festival

    The "CHICKS* case" at the WILDWECHSEL festival affects us all. And we would like to emphasize: "Lecken" is supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste ...

  • There are many people on a stage, all holding a stretched umbrella in their hands. On a projection surface in the background is written: Shield and Shine. © Alexandra Polina

    Shield & Shine

    150 cultural institutions are the first co-initiators of the "Shield & Shine" campaign of the VIELEN. Among them is the Fonds. DIE VIELEN are calling for discussions and demonstrations to shine more brightly for a pluralistic, democratic shaping of the world and to resolutely oppose right-wing extremism.

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  • A woman with sunglasses holds a cardboard sign in front of her chest with the words "Your Silence will be studied by your Grankids". © Sebastian Bolesch

    Geteilte Geschichte(n)

    18 Jun 2024

    Das Erinnern an die Vergangenheit ist ein oft strapaziöser Akt. Auch in Deutschland zeigt sich, wie schwer es ist, multiperspektivische Blicke auf die Erfahrungen eines diversen Umfelds zu richten. Die Journalistin Zonya Dengi erinnert sich aus ganz persönlicher Perspektive – und nutzt die emanzipatorische Kraft, die im Erzählen der eigenen Geschichte steckt. Ihr Beitrag ist Teil einer Artikelserie, der das Programm von DIE KUNST, VIELE ZU BLEIBEN am 21. + 22. Juni in Berlin begleitet.

  • Festival visitors lean against a metal railing with the word “Questions” written in large red letters. © Falk Wenzel

    Herzlich Willkommen!

    10 Jun 2024

    Unsere Autorin Elisabeth Wellershaus ist nach Bitterfeld-Wolfen gefahren, um das Theaterfestival OSTEN im Entstehen zu beobachten, bei dem auch der Theatertruck von DIE KUNST, VIELE ZU BLEIBEN Halt macht. Vieles vor Ort hat sie überrascht – eine Reportage.

  • The picture shows a plastic object lying on a table in the shape of an open mouth with its tongue sticking out © Kathinka Schroeder

    Von Kunstfreiheit und Intersektionalität

    05 Jun 2024

    Die Schriftstellerin, politische Aktivistin und Theatermacherin Mirrianne Mahn befragt die aktuellen Diskussionen zum Thema Kunstfreiheit und stellt fest: Sie stehen in unmittelbarem Zusammenhang mit intersektionalen Perspektiven – die unter anderem auch das Arbeiten im Theaterbereich beeinflussen.

  • Artistic perspectives on artistic freedom and democracy

    03 Jun 2024

    What are the rules in art and in society? - To kick off the nationwide forums entitled “DIE KUNST, VIELEL ZU BLEIBEN”, a film team interviewed independent performing artists on the relationship between art, freedom and democracy on behalf of the Fonds freie Darstellende Künstler*innen.

  • A large golden heart is hung on a truck bed, behind strips of red and blue foil a person can be seen speaking to a large group of people. © Dorothea Tuch

    Durchlässige und fragile Theater

    28 May 2024

    In vielen kulturellen Räumen werden aktuell überkommene, hegemoniale und diskriminierende Strukturen hinterfragt, auch im Theater. Die Journalistin Esther Boldt schreibt darüber, wie kompliziert die entsprechenden Aushandlungsprozesse aussehen und wie fragil Orte der Vielfalt in diesen Tagen sein können.

  • DIE KUNST, VIELE ZU BLEIBEN | Tour

    21 May 2024

    On May 24 and 25, 2024, the fund will open the series "DIE KUNST, VIELE ZU BLEIBEN" with the kick-off event at HAU Hebbel am Ufer. In addition to a cultural policy panel, the film premiere "BLICKWECHSEL - Publika und Politiken der Darstellenden Künste" by Janina Möbius and the German premiere of "La Obra", the theater truck, which will set off to the eight other stops on the tour, will be officially inaugurated.

About the Fonds

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    Funding

    With its funding lines, the Fonds continues the specific support of the independent performing arts.

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    Consulting

    The Fonds Darstellende Künste not only supports projects, but is also a service and consulting partner for independent artists, collectives and institutions. The office advises interested parties and artists on aspects of the application process as well as on structural and organizational issues beyond the scope of its own funding programs.

  • Photo of a printed project schedule on a whiteboard. © Benjamin Krieg

    The Fonds Darstellende Künste

    For over 30 years, the Fonds Darstellende Künste has been one of the six federal cultural promotion funds supporting the art and cultural landscape of the Federal Republic of Germany, with a special focus on promoting the independent performing arts.

Upcoming events

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THE ART OF STAYING MANY | Potsdam

29 - 30 June 2024

Format: nationwide forums

Potsdam | Hans Otto Theater, fabrik Potsdam

"DIE KUNST, VIELE ZU BLEIBEN" is a journey through eight German cities that stands up for art, freedom and democracy in a variety of encounters. New narratives from and against the right, impulses for alternative cultures of remembrance and unheard stories are at the heart of the Potsdam discourse program. In the evening, Viktor Szeri (Hungary, requested) will present his dance performance "fatigue", a choreography of burnout, tiredness and dizziness, while the "ZwischenSpiel" format at fabrik Potsdam will showcase the diversity and creativity of dance on the threshold between the amateur and professional worlds with short dance pieces.

Registration

Further information on the program and registration can be found here.

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THE ART OF STAYING MANY | Erfurt

16 - 17 August 2024

Format: nationwide forums

Erfurt | Plattenstufen-Festspiele präsentiert vom PHOENIX Theaterfestival

The Fonds Darstellende Künste is organizing forums at nine locations across Germany - with art, action and debate. In Erfurt, the forum takes place away from the cathedral and old town at the Platz der Völkerfreundschaft in the middle of the prefabricated housing block in Rieth. And is planned as a very practical strategy of friendship with networks, communities, a performative beauty salon (Frauke Frech) and arguing, grumbling, singing (citizens')-choirs - for a resistant and contentious local community.

Registration

Further information on the program and registration can be found here.

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16.04.2024 | Info-Veranstaltung für Antragstellende | Produktionsförderung

19 August 2024, 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Format: Info-Veranstaltung

Online

Das Team des Fonds Darstellende Künste stellt die Produktionsförderung in einer öffentlichen Online-Informationsveranstaltung vor.

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