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Junges Ensemble Marabu / Theater Marabu / Foto © Ursula Kaufmann
Die Mars Chroniken / TheaterBlackBox / Foto © Meyer Originals
Acid Shakes / Bettina Nampé
Die Schöpfung / HARTMANNMUELLER / Foto © Dirk Rose
#doublespace / Interstellar 2 2 7 / Foto © Susann Martin
Platz! / DOSSIER 3-D-Poetry / Foto © Ingo Solms
One World is Not Enough / Armada Theater / Foto © Patrick Lohse
Körperschaften der Vernetzung / STERNA PAU
Rausch / ANALOG Theater / Foto © Pramudiya
IS deutsche Räuber im Dschihad / WEHR51
Scream!ng Matter / El Cuco Projekt
We have a Dream / Futur3 / Foto © Martin Rottenkolber
Dreams in a Cloudy Space / Antje Velsinger / Foto © Imke Lass
Café Europa - Die letzten Tage der Menschheit / Theaterlabor Bielefeld / Foto © Jörn Josiek
Frank & Rita / Foteini Papadopoulou / Foto © Christian Clarke
Identität / Sir Gabriel Trafique / Foto © Ingo Solms
L'état des choses / Kaiser Antonino Dance Ensemble
Cherchez la femme / Maura Morales / Foto © Klaus Handner
ASHAMED / undborisundsteffi / Foto © Meike Willner
MINT CONDITION / SonderSammlung / Foto © Hans Diernberger
Takanakuy Shower / Kollektiv Zoo / Foto © Robin Junicke
JUNIOR COMPANY BONN: Space is only Noise / Cocoon Dance / Foto © Klaus Fröhlich
Blake and Me and the Universe / MAKE
Katt und Fredda / echtzeit-theater / Foto © Roman Starke
The BIG Picture / Fetter Fisch / Foto © Thomas Mohn
Age of Curse / Chikako Kaido / Foto © Wiebke Rompel
Pressspan / Elsa Artmann und Samuel Duvoisin / Foto © Ale Bachlechner
WITCHES / Ursina Tossi
It’s Only a Papermoon / Paradeiser Productions / Foto © Ingo Solms
Die Strasse / Rottstr5 Theater / Foto © Laura Thomas
Ich bin Pinguin / Wera Mahne / Foto © Christian Herrmann
Der Platz / Samadhyana Company / Foto © Dominik Antoni

Positions for NRW

For the NRW state parliament elected in May 2022, the NRW Landesbüro has compiled a list of the current requirements for the independent performing arts. This page outlines our positions for NRW.


NRW boasts a very rich and professional independent theatre, dance and performance scene, which is characteristic for the cultural landscape of this federal state.

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Positionen für NRW 1

Ensuring minimum fees: the NRW Cultural Code is committed to fair fee standards for independent artists. In order to be able to pay minimum fees consistently, project funding pools must grow accordingly.

Understanding minimum fees as just that: a minimum fee recommendation defines the absolute lower limit. Artists whose careers are already more advanced should be able to charge higher fees accordingly.

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Positionen für NRW 2

Developing jobs that are subject to social security contributions: permanent employment is important for the independent scene, too; permanent jobs with fair wages should be created and expanded in state-funded institutions in order to stabilise the scene’s infrastructures in the long term.

Addressing social issues at the federal level: the commitment of the previous state government at the federal level to labour and social policy issues for artists (KSK, unemployment insurance, pension schemes etc.) must be continued.

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Positionen für NRW 3

Expanding conceptual funding: as the first level of funding extending over more than one year, conceptual funding is a huge leap towards improved security and sustainable artistic development. It needs to be expanded as a stable support resource!

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Positionen für NRW 4

Expanding the funding for guest performances: the funding landscape shows a gap when it comes to the circulation of productions beyond the first performances. The guest performance funding based at nrw landesbuero tanz is too small to accommodate all of NRW.

Facilitating revivals: currently, revival funding only exists due to the pandemic. This funding gap means that outstanding productions aren’t shown often enough and are primarily staged at established venues in metropolitan areas.

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Positionen für NRW 5

Improving the staffing and infrastructure of independent venues: venues and production studios are crucial hubs for the entire scene to function. These venues need to be supported, as they are unable to meet the demand adequately with existing resources.

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Positionen für NRW 6

Consolidating production-independent funding models: the NRW artists’ grant was a helpful instrument in the crisis and exemplary when it came to bureaucratic processing. After the pandemic, too, direct funding for artists will be required to enable diverse forms of artistic activities.

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> All positions in PDF format (in German)