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Portrait of Holger Bergmann © Benjamin Krieg

Holger Bergmann

Managing director Fonds Darstellende Künste

Holger Bergmann is a curator, mentor and, as managing director, heads the Fonds Darstellende Künste; he lives in Berlin. He was born in the Ruhr region in 1965. After graduating from a technical school for social pedagogy and working in so-called social hotspots, he studied theater at the Ruhr University in Bochum from 1990 to 1995. Founding member and from 2002 to 2014 artistic director of the theater production house Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, which under his direction became known for contemporary performing arts and urban, participatory projects. Own productions at independent theaters and numerous projects with artists and artist collectives of independent theater, often in collaboration with municipal theaters or international festivals. Publications at the Université de Luxembourg, among others. Cultural Capital Representative of the City of Mülheim and curator with a focus on urban space projects in the field of SOCIAL URBAN ART. Artistic director of the theater festival FAVORITEN 2016 in Dortmund. Member of boards of trustees and juries, among others, for the Theaterpreis des Bundes in 2015 and 2017 in the framework of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus (DK). In January 2016 Holger Bergmann took over the management of the Fonds Darstellende Künste in Berlin. In 2016 and 2017 he curated city projects in Dortmund, Duisburg and Bochum. Mentor for the thematic field of interculture for the Capital of Culture application RUHR2010, consultant for theater houses as well as individual management staff and member of the advisory board for the application of the city of Nuremberg for the European Capital of Culture 2025. In mid-2017, he co-founded the cultural-politically engaged association DIE VIELEN.In November 2018, he was elected to the board of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft and has been a member of the Council for Performing Arts and Dance of the German Cultural Council since 2021.