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Explore the independent arts scene in Berlin!

From May 24–29 2022, the Berlin Performing Arts Festival (PAF) will showcase the diversity of performing arts in the city under the motto TOGETHER.

Antigone Exp. N°2. Photo: LUX:NM Cie AGORA

With around 50 productions all over Berlin, the festival invites you to explore the city and its vibrant independent performing arts community. This year’s edition will kick off with the PAF Opening event on May 24 featuring a concert by the Berlin rapper Ebow at the club ://about blank.

The Programming from the Community, heart of the festival, takes place in collaboration with numerous performance venues as well as artists who perform in public space. Among others She She Pop, Costa Compagnie, FRZNTE and the Reclaim Collective will be part of the program.

Productions will be presented from a wide range of genres from performance, theatre, dance, contemporary circus and children’s theatre to installations, videos and audio walks. From a traditional Berlin bar to a church, from a Tiny House to Alexanderplatz, from the Neukölln parking garage to the romantic Insel der Jugend, numerous squares, nooks and corners of the city are transformed into animated performance locations. This year, the artistic focus has been placed, amongst other topics, on experiences of exclusion and togetherness, queer feminism, the significance of the body in the digital world as well as ageing and its societal meaning from a female perspective.

Introducing… is a format in which four promising newcomers were chosen to take over the stage of Ballhaus Ost, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensaele and TD Berlin. Laia RiCa, Sophie Blomen, Vera Moré and Max Reiniger, Camila Malenchini and Marga Alfeirão as well as Josephine Findeisen will be part of this year’s program.

Wir sind so frei. Photo: Falko Siewert

The six days of the festival are also packed with numerous free events such as workshops, discussions and parties that accompany the program. During the PAF Closing event on May 29 at Panke Club, there are short performances to marvel at and a concert by the band Gute Katze Böse Katze.

At the Wandering Festival Center, which will be the guest of a different place within the performing arts community from May 25 to May 28, workshops, lunches and discourse formats examining different aspects of the festival motto TOGETHER can be attended. The Center is the respective guest of Oyoun Berlin, Theater unterm Dach, Circus Schatzinsel and Ballhaus Prinzenallee. And, of course, there is a festival bar every evening to unwind after a long festival day.

On May 28, the Day of Open House(s), fifteen locations of the independent performing arts community will open the doors and offer an invitation to take a look behind the scenes.

The festival will be accompanied by PAF Radio that will offer stories from backstage, interesting conversations and recommendations for getting into the mood for a day of festival.

Further information and tickets for the schedule of programming are available at www.performingarts-festival.de and through the performance venues.