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To be continued! TANZPAKT STADT-LAND-BUND is being extended

On 13th November 2019, the German Bundestag’s Budget Committee agreed to extend TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund. This means that two further application rounds can be planned and excellence projects in dance can be funded between 2021 and 2025. Supported by the financial engagement of municipalities and federal states, the federal government is thus continuing to strengthen dance in Germany.

During the pilot phase of TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund (DANCE PACT Local-Regional-National), a jury of experts selected 15 exemplary projects for funding. All the projects stand out for their model character and high level of artistic quality. They are creating new structures and networks for dance and are focused on areas of development such as dance for young audiences or dance in rural areas. All the projects display a unique conceptual force and close existing gaps in the German dance landscape. The board of trustees and operators of TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund – the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (German Dance Association) and the non-profit agency DIEHL+RITTER – are delighted that, thanks to the renewed funding, additional excellence projects can be realised.

The aim of TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund is to realise substantial projects that contribute to the further development, strengthening and profiling of dance in Germany, both artistically and structurally. The initiative supports multi-year projects that are financed by federal state funding and co-financing to at least the same amount by municipalities, federal states and possibly other sponsors in a match-funding scheme. 

It is anticipated that the updated application documents as well as the exact dates of the information events and application deadlines will be published in the spring of 2020.




explore dance - Netzwerk Tanz für junges Publikum, ein TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund Projekt, erhält am 09.November in Kassel den FAUST-Perspektivpreis 2019 

Mit der Verleihung des Perspektivpreises des Deutschen Theaterpreises DER FAUST wird „explore dance – Netzwerk Tanz für junges Publikum“ am 09. November 2019 im Staatstheater Kassel als zukunftsweisendes und kulturpolitisches Projekt gewürdigt. „explore dance“ wird seit 2018 im Rahmen von TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund gefördert und wirkt in vielerlei Hinsicht modellhaft. Drei Partnerinstitutionen (fabrik moves Potsdam, Fokus Tanz / Tanz und Schule e.V. München und K3-Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg auf Kampnagel) aus drei Städten in drei Bundesländern haben sich gemeinsam auf den Weg gemacht, um eine nachhaltige Struktur zur Produktion zeitgenössischer Tanzstücke für junges Publikum zu entwickeln. Dieses Konzept überzeugte die Fachjury von TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund auf Anhieb und erreicht schon nach kurzer Laufzeit bundesweite Aufmerksamkeit mit seinen Formaten und Tanzproduktionen.

Das Team von TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund gratuliert allen „explore dance“ Beteiligten und wünscht auch weiterhin viel Erfolg. 

Hier finden Sie die Pressemitteilung von explore dance – TANZPAKT  STADT LAND BUND. 


REPORT: the TANZPAKT STADT LAND BUND evaluation is online

The report following the first external evaluation of TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund (DANCE PACT Local-Regional-National) has been completed and gives the promotion programme a very positive assessment. TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund ensures the structural and financial sustainability of dance in Germany. Report author Dr Cornelia Dümcke from Culture Concepts also emphasises the initiative’s model character regarding co-operative cultural federalism. The results of the evaluation can be downloaded as a summary of the report here. Anyone interested in the full report should write to Bea Kießlinger.


TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund (DANCE PACT Local-Regional-National) is a joint initiative by municipalities, federal states and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media to promote excellence in dance.

The new funding programme TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund is the result of an intensive dialogue between municipalities that promote dance, federal states and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM). This dialogue has been continuously led, prepared and supported since 2012 by a Stadt-Land-Bund initiative group comprising various actors on the dance scene who together developed the conceptual considerations and framework conditions, which were then co-ordinated and approved with city, federal state and federal government representatives.

Funding of EUR 5.625 million to implement a multi-annual programme for the promotion of excellence in dance was released during the parliamentary process to set the German federal budget for 2017.
The promotion programme is being managed jointly by the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (Umbrella Association for Dance in Germany) and the non-profit agency DIEHL+RITTER gUG. A board of trustees is supporting the cultural-political implementation of the programme.
TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund is aimed at established artists, ensembles and production structures with an international reach. It also addresses institutions that are drawing up innovative development concepts that are exceptional from a national standpoint. The aim is to realise substantial projects that contribute to the artistic and structural further development, strengthening and profiling of the art from of dance in Germany.

The cultural-political and structural strengthening of dance at the local and regional level is crucial both for the emergence of substantial projects and improved financing in the long term. A key aspect of the programme is therefore to encourage, through continuous dialogue, the long-term engagement of municipalities and federal states.
TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund supports multi-annual projects that are funded by the federal government and match-funded to at least the same amount by municipalities, federal states and other sponsors if necessary. The promotion programme therefore covers an overall volume of around EUR 10.5 million.
The principle of additionality applies generally to funding. This refers both to project content – developing new work fields and the qualitative further development of existing activities – and finance.

The promotion fund TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund covers the following funding priorities; a combination of T1, T2 und T3 is preferable:

  • T1 Promotion of excellence in the development of outstanding ensembles, artist co-operatives and individual artists with an international reach
  • T2 Promotion of excellence in production structures and venues operating nationally/internationally
  • T3 Promotion of excellence in the development and implementation of co-operative dance-development concepts

An independent jury of experts will decide on the applications submitted.

There will be two calls for applications in the pilot phase, in 2017 and 2018.

The aim is to continue the funding instrument beyond 2021 with annual calls for applications.