Nationwide Forums for Art, Freedom and Democracy

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 Fonds Darstellende Künste realizes nationwide forums at nine stations – with art, actions and debates. From Berlin, the journey leads to Leipzig and further on to Düsseldorf, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Potsdam, Erfurt and Weimar on to Dresden. The mobile theater truck stops everywhere and becomes a platform, discourse space, movie theater and venue. In the process, it combines theater, festivals and independent performing arts production houses in these and numerous other cities in and outside of Germany. Panels, impulses, workshops, international performances and assorted meetings are an invitation to debate about art, freedom and democracy to explore current challenges, live with contradictions and confront oneself in a polyphonic exchange with the most urgent current task: the art of staying many. Everyone for themselves – and all together in heterogeneity, pluralism and acceptancy of our diverse society.

Stops on the tour

  • Berlin

    24. and 25. May 2024

    HAU Hebbel am Ufer

  • Leipzig

    01. and 02. June 2024

    LOFFT -DAS THEATER, Residenz (Schauspiel Leipzig)

  • Düsseldorf

    07. and 08. June 2024

    FFT, Impulse Theaterfestival

  • Bitterfeld-Wolfen

    14. June 2024

    OSTEN Festival

  • Berlin

    21. and 22. June 2024

    Sophiensæle, Chamäleon

  • Potsdam

    29. and 30. June 2024

    Hans Otto Theater, fabrik Potsdam

  • Erfurt

    16. and 17. August 2024

    Plattenstufen-Festspiele presented by PHOENIX Theaterfestival

  • Weimar

    24. and 25. August 2024

    Kunstfest Weimar

  • Dresden

    28. August 2024

    HELLERAU, Societaetstheater, Zentralwerk e.V.


  • …is an art of attention, sensitivity, empathy, resilience, resistance, contention and the defense of freedom.
  • … is the safeguarding of a society in which everyone can be different without fear.
  • …is an exercise in difference.  
  • … is not a matter of course, but hard work and the work of many.
  • … is dedicated to all those who work every day to defend the right to live and love in diversity.
  • … is a living practice against isolation, against simplification, against standardization, against appropriation, against loss calculation.
  • … is necessary in the face of a growing right-wing fringe and its attack on the heart of society. On our hearts.


Overall curation: Felizitas Stilleke

Co-curator: Franziska Werner

Dramaturgy: Fabian Lettow

Overall curation assistant: Kate Fenderl

Scenography: Philine Rinnert

Cooperation scenography: Lotte Dohmen

Technical director &

lighting design: Anahí Pérez

Technical assistant: Rio Theis

Communication: Sarah Rosenau

Production manager: krass&krasser (Franziska Bald, Ann-Kristin Meivers, Lara Yilmaz)

Project directors Fonds: Björn Frers, Steffen Klewar

Project coordination Fonds:Anna Kondring

Communication Fonds: Anne John, Carolin Meyer

Graphic design: Uta Oettel

Videodesign: Roman Hagenbrock

Translation: Christopher Langer

The Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. has signed the Declaration of Die Vielen and supports the current campaign for an open, diverse society in democracy and against right-wing extremism!

„THE ART OF STAYING MANY. Nationwide Forums for Art, Freedom and Democracy” is a series of events of the Fonds Darstellende Künste in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, Chamäleon Berlin, fabrik Potsdam, FFT Düsseldorf, Hans Otto Theater Potsdam, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Impulse Theater Festival, Kunstfest Weimar 2024, LOFFT – DAS THEATER Leipzig, OSTEN Festival Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Plattenstufen-Festspiele presented by PHOENIX Theaterfestival Erfurt, Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig, Societaetstheater Dresden, Sophiensӕle Berlin, Zentralwerk e.V. Dresden, Zirkustheater Festival Dresden. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the context of NEUSTART KULTUR.