LAFT Berlin – Berlin State Association for the Independent Performing Arts e.V.
The LAFT Berlin - Berlin State Association for the Independent Performing Arts e.V. was founded in 2007. It represents the interests of its over 350 members, including the essential performance venues, groups and independent artists of Berlin, in dealing with politicians and the public. It supports its members through networking activities, consultation, coordination and services.
The LAFT Berlin runs different projects:
Berlin Performing Arts Program
The Berlin Performing Arts Program is intended for all independent theater and dance makers in Berlin. It started in 2013 with the creation of seven modules to professionalize the independent performing arts, strengthen their infrastructural support and increase their visibility:
Information Center – individual consultations / discussions with experts / information events
Annual Industry Get-Together – Share knowledge, develop strategies and meet colleagues
Marketing Competition – Prizes for the most exceptional communication concepts
Mentoring Program – Support for the next generation and for newcomers
Rehearsal Space Platform – Search and find rehearsal spaces online
Theater Scoutings – Journeys of discovery through the independent performing arts community
Central Marketing Office – Central contact point
Since 2016, the established formats and offers are continued in four main focuses and supplemented with new ideas. The new Performing Arts Program consists of four areas:
Consultation & Qualification
Distribution & Marketing
Audience development & Mediation
Networking, Transfer of knowledge & Cooperations
The Berlin Performing Arts Program is a program of LAFT Berlin. The program was conceived by Janina Benduski and Stefan Sahlmann in 2012 and is funded by the Berlin Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs and funds from the European Fund for Regional Development and the European Social Fund.
Berlin Performing Arts Festival
The Berlin Performing Arts Festival was held for the first time throughout Berlin from May 23 – 29, 2016.
For three whole days, more than 50 different venues throughout the entire city did present a schedule of programming including over 100 theater, music theater, performance and dance productions.
The Berlin Performing Arts Festival is organized by LAFT Berlin in cooperation with the performance venues Ballhaus Ost, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensaele and Theaterdiscounter. It is supported by the State of Berlin - Senate Chancellery (Cultural Affairs) from funds of the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE) within the program "Promoting the Innovation Potential in Culture II (INP II)“.
Berlin Diagonale is a platform for the independent performing arts in Berlin. Using a tried-and-true open table format it provides visiting professionals (artistic directors, curators, dramaturgs, et cetera) with insight into selected productions, performance venues and working methods of Berlin's independent performing arts community.
The goal of Berlin Diagonale is to raise the awareness of work produced in Berlin nationally and internationally, to create opportunities for tours and to further develop the networking of the key players within an (inter)national context.