Two years after its successful launch in November 2017, the BUNDESFORUM 2019 took place on September 3 at the Sophiensælen Berlin as a joint initiative of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste and the Fonds Darstellende Künste with a focus on the sustainable safeguarding of artistic work and dynamic funding.
The aim of the BUNDESFORUM 2017 was to discuss the content-related and structural orientation for cross-state initiatives as well as funding institutions for the independent performing arts operating nationwide and to establish a network that creates and promotes dynamic continuities. In the meantime, the nationwide dialogue has been maintained in the networks and funding institutions working groups, and a new performing arts working group is also continuing the discussion at the state level. The BUNDESFORUM 2017 clearly led to the recognition of the need to strengthen the independently produced performing arts and to take the first steps in that direction.
Aware of the need for a continuous alignment between practice, politics and funding institutions as well as for the joint formulation of updated recommendations for action, the BUNDESFORUM 2019 continued the existing dialogues and now asked for differentiated, flexible funding models that do justice to the multifaceted work in different structures.
From their very beginnings, the independent performing arts have understood and proven themselves to be a laboratory for the society of the future, testing how it can develop and be shaped. In order to be able to explore these approaches extensively, it is important to enable artists to work not only in a wide variety of places, but also over longer periods of time, so that they can develop thematically-sound concepts, create visions for tomorrow's society, and ultimately provide a strong impetus for change.
Representatives of funding bodies, institutions, alliances and networks from the scene as well as actors of the independent performing arts were therefore invited to come together again. In municipalities, states and nationally, it is important to meet the future challenges and the growing importance for society. As an alliance for the independent performing arts!