Over the duration of TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund, the umbrella organisation Tanz Deutschland organises information events on the funding programme, expert days to strengthen regional dance developments, meetings of projects and co-sponsors as well as cultural policy exchange formats and conducts these together with Bureau Ritter.

The funding program TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund supports established artists and ensembles with an international reputation as well as excellent projects and production structures, and develops new initiatives of nationwide significance that strengthen the art form of dance. Both for the emergence of substantial projects and for improved long-term funding, the cultural-political and structural strengthening of dance at the municipal and state level is crucial. A key component of the program is therefore to encourage municipalities and federal states to make a sustained commitment through ongoing dialog.

Working Group from the Stadt-Land-Bund initiative

17th Working Meeting on 16 November 2023

On 16 November, the next work meeting of the Working Group Dance Funding Stadt-Land-Bund will take place.

16th Working Meeting on 14 March 2023

On 14 March, the 16th working meeting of the Working Group Dance Funding Stadt-Land-Bund took place.

15th Working Meeting on 13 September 2022

Since various participants of the last Working Meeting expressed the wish to discuss the topic of the jury in detail, this was the main focus of the 15th (digital) meeting of the Arbeitskreis Tanzförderung Stadt-Land-Bund. Susanne Stephani (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes e. V. – Darstellende Kunst / Bildende Kunst and member of the DIS-TANZ-SOLO jury) provided the impetus. The impulse presented the work of the DIS-TANZ-SOLO jury as an example of best practice. Afterwards, current challenges of selection procedures at federal, state and municipal level were discussed and experiences exchanged.

14th Working Meeting on 19 Mai 2022

On May 2022, an analogue meeting of the Working Group Dance Funding Stadt-Land-Bund (Arbeitskreis Tanzförderung Stadt-Land-Bund) took place for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic at the TanzFaktur in Cologne. After a greeting by Caroline Waldeck (Head of Department K27 at the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media), impulses from the dance funding initiative group followed, as well as a video message from Holger Bergmann (Managing Director, Fonds Darstellende Künste) and an impulse from Helge-Björn Meyer (Managing Director, BFDK) on commonalities, challenges and funding priorities after the pandemic. Afterwards, the 35 or so participants from administrations, politics and the dance scene discussed the funding systems of the future in the three working groups "Maintaining structure - strengthening the dance scene", "Dance for the public of a diverse urban society" and "Making funding more sustainable". The evening ended with a joint dinner and a presentation of eight TANZPAKT projects.

Fourth Round Table “Dance Funding” on 21 June 2023

On the initiative of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (DTD), almost 80 actors from dance, administration and politics met on Wednesday 21 June 2023 for the 4th Round Table “Dance Funding” in the Foyer de la danse of the Staatsballett Berlin at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The aim was and is to bundle cultural policy developments and demands, to make them visible nationwide and to bring them into the dialogue with funders at the federal level. The meeting was organised in cooperation with the Staatsballett Berlin.

In the first part of the meeting, various statements emphasised the immense impact of dance and its ability to create community. Some things had been done right in the past. For example, the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK and TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund were named as prime examples of cultural federalism. But the strained financial situation was also addressed by the Länder and municipalities present, and strong cooperation and lobbying was also recommended. Non-bureaucratic approaches were still a big issue.

From the perspective of the Länder, it was advocated to make federalism more flexible. There was an appeal from the municipalities and also the Länder to the federal government to ensure continuity. In addition, a great signal came from Cologne, where 10 million euros more are to flow into the dance scene with all its breadth and diversity. Building on these impulses, the INITIATIVE TANZ has made very concrete proposals

To the minutes

Project Meetings TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund

Project Meeting 2023

This year‘s project meeting in cooperation with tanz*werk kassel will take place on 28 November at the Kulturhaus Dock4 in Kassel. Dr. Ursula Esser, Institute for Education, Development and Counselling (BEB), will provide insights into the evaluation of projects in an impulse followed by a discussion. In a second part, the participants will exchange ideas in working groups on the question “End of funding – what now?”


Project Meeting 2022

The project meeting on 20 May at the TanzFaktur in Cologne started with a workshop on “Sustainable communication in projects” with organisational developer Christina Barandun, who addressed questions and concerns and presented various models of communication. In the second part of the day, Michael Freundt, Managing Director of Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, presented a cooperative concept for dance promotion. In the discussion in various local working groups, needs were clarified, ways and perspectives were shown on how dance can develop further and what funding instruments are needed for this. A short video of the meeting under the motto “TANZPAKT creates change” is available here. To the protocol


On 17 February 2022, the digital project and co-sponsors' meeting of the projects funded by TANZPAKT in the new 3rd funding round and the projects that continue to be funded in the 1st and 2nd funding rounds took place.

After a short welcome and introduction round, there was an exchange in individual break-out rooms about how and what has changed in the individual projects in the last few months through TANZPAKT and what new impulses have been set. In the exchange with the projects and co-sponsors, it was also possible to tie in with the last project meeting in December 2021 and share the results and learnings there. In addition, the individual co-sponsors were able to exchange ideas and take stock in the last part of the meeting.

You can find the protocols HERE and HERE


Project Meeting 2021


On 13 December 2021, the digital project meeting of the projects funded by TANZPAKT in the 1st and 2nd funding rounds took place.

After a short round of welcoming and introductions, the meeting took stock of how and what had changed in the individual projects and what had been set in motion. Afterwards, the projects had the opportunity to engage in a deeper exchange in break-out rooms, the results of which were later shared in the large round. More information HERE

You can look into survey realized during the meeting HERE


Project Meeting 2020


From January 22 to 24, we organised an extremely exciting and highly inspiring meeting with the projects being funded via TANZLAND (Dance Land) and TANZPAKT (Dance Pact). The event took place at TANZKOMPLIZEN (Dance Accomplices) at the Schiller Theatre’s Werkstatt venue in Berlin.

Over the three days, all participants could take in a wide-ranging programme as well as discuss it and make their own contributions. We’d like to thank all those involved for their important, constructive and political input:
On the first day, Noa Winter and Anne Rieger from the TANZPAKT project Making a Difference, and Saša Asentić from Per.Art Novi Sad in Serbia addressed the topic of ‘physical accessibility’, noting in particular the long-overdue need “to fill artistic and non-artistic director and expert positions with people with disabilities, since social equality occurs in participating in the exercise of decision-making power and the power for formative action”.

On day two, Sebastian Friedrich (journalist and author) provided a well-founded overview of the causes, content and strategies of the right-wing project, and of possible counter-strategies, which were subsequently debated in a panel discussion, hosted by Peter Grabowski. Sharing their experiences and expertise in dealing with right-wing attacks as well as possible and actual counter-strategies within the field of culture were the panellists Dörte Wolter (Vorpommern tanzt an / TANZPAKT project); Ralf Ollertz (Halle Tanzbühne Berlin production and performance venue); Bernward Tuchmann from INTHEGA (Interessengemeinschaft der Städte mit Theatergastspielen / Community of Cities with Guest Performances at Theatres); Marc Grandmontagne (Deutscher Bühnenverein / German Theatre and Orchestra Association); and Holger Bergmann from the cultural-activism association DIE VIELEN (The Many). We’d above all like to emphasise that information and solidarity are effective counter-strategies!

The second part of the meeting was devoted entirely to TANZLAND projects and we’re particularly grateful to Wolfgang Haendeler from Theater Hameln, Burkard Fleckenstein from the Culture Office of Aschaffenburg, Douglas Bateman from the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv, and Alexandra Karabelas from Ballett Pforzheim. A panel discussion on ‘changes in cultural-political perspectives in cities and communities from a structural point of view’ included contributions from Uwe Lübking (Deutscher Städte- und Gemeindebund / German Association of Towns and Municipalities), Anita Bader (INTHEGA) and Sebastian Brünger (Kulturstiftung des Bundes / Federal Cultural Foundation) on necessities, perceptions and possibilities.

Martina Kessel from Chance Tanz and Walter Heun from the National Performance Network (Nationales Performance Netz NPN) used their dance-promotion programmes to illustrate additional ways to realise dance projects or support guest performances.

We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to all participants for the wonderfully relaxed but nonetheless very focused and inspiring atmosphere!


Project Meeting 2020 with TANZPAKT and TANZLAND – Political Dialogue

From 22 to 24 January 2020, we held an extremely exciting and inspiring project meeting with the funded projects of TANZLAND and TANZPAKT Stadt Land Bund in Berlin at the Schillertheater-Werkstatt at the TANZKOMPLIZEN.

We look back on three exciting days with constructive lectures, talks and discussions.
The joint day was dedicated to the political dialogue in dealing with the right and concrete counter-strategies of the cultural sector in exciting discussions and panels.

Trailer produced by Siegersbusch Film

TANZPAKT Kick-off 3rd Round

National information events in May and June 2021

On 6May and 3 and 17 June we provided information about the promotion programme, the funding areas and the application procedure. Eight projects from the first and second round shared their experiences and provided information for applicants in thethird funding round. Questions discussed were for example: How can the complex requirements of the match-funding programme be met? How have pandemic-related challenges been overcome? How were solutions to problems found? Which aspects of the collaboration between administrations, politics and the partners involved served to offer guidance – for the long term, structurally, and for the short term, with regard to Covid-19? How did projects collaborate with the local political world? What has TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund effected to date? To what extent is a continuation of funding relevant for the development, consolidation and visibility of dance and creative dance artists in Germany? Many thanks to all the participants!