TANZPAKT Kick-off 3rd Round

National information event, 6th May 2021, 2–5pm (online)

The promotion programme TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund supports established artists and ensembles with an international reach as well as excellence projects and production structures, and develops new nationally relevant initiatives to strengthen the art from that is dance. Consolidating dance in cultural-political and structural terms at the municipal and federal state levels is essential in order to develop substantial projects and improve long-term financing. A key aspect of the programme is thus to effect, through on-going dialogue, long-term commitment from municipalities and federal states.

On 6th May, we will be providing information about the promotion programme, the funding areas and the application procedure. Additional, regional information events are planned for 2021, in Munich, Dresden, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia.


Event schedule

2pm: Welcome

Martin Eifler, head of the performing arts division in the department of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (requested)
Madeline Ritter and Michael Freundt for the joint operators of TANZPAKT
, DIEHL+RITTER gUG and the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. respectively

Information about the TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund funding criteria and the timetable for the afternoon
Bea Kiesslinger, Riccarda Herre and Isabel Niederhagen

2.45pm: “Out of the crisis”: Opportunities and hurdles for TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund
Panel including participants from Tanzpakt projects as well as representatives from public-sector funding institutions

The aim is to share experiences from the 1st and 2nd application rounds and provide information for applicants in the 3rd funding round. 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?

3.30pm: Break

3:45pm: Q&A about the funding areas

  1. Artistic quality:for the development of outstanding ensembles, artist co-operatives and individual artists with an international reach
  2. Framework conditions:for nationally/internationally active production structures and venues
  3. Sustainable synergy effects: for the formulation and implementation of co-operative dance-development concepts

4:50pm: Roundup

5pm: End of the event



Project Meeting 2020


From January 22–24, 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!