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Hauptsache Frei #9

Festival der Darstellenden Künste Hamburgs

20.–29. April 2023

You are a freelance producer of the independent scene with a focus on Germany and want to visit the Festival of Performing Arts Hamburg #9? Then apply for the &FRIENDS VISIT!

Together with the FESTIVALFRIENDS association we offer you the unique opportunity to experience 4 festival days. In addition to various performance visits, you can get to know the other participants, as well as artists and actors from the local scene in workshops and practice sharings, and participate in a networking meeting with directors of festivals and institutions of the independent scene.

THE FESTIVAL

The ninth edition of the Festival of the Performing Arts of Hamburg - HAUPTSACHE FREI will take place again, this time already in spring. After the last festival focus "RELATIONSHIPS" we set the theme "PROGRESS" for the upcoming edition. Despite all the turns and cuts, things go on. Things go on. The theater continues. So do we. In our last festival edition, which we are creating together as a team, we would like to celebrate with you again what is there and what is going on: From April 20 to 29, we will pitch our tents in eight venues in Hamburg and welcome you to diverse dance, theater and performance art productions from Hamburg! In addition to monsun.theater, Hamburger Sprechwerk, LICHTHOF Theater and Kampnagel/K3, this year we will open the festival in the new theater spaces of FUNDUS and also play St. Pauli with Autowerkstatt Altona and Kulturkirche Altona.

FESTIVALFRIENDS

With &FRIENDS BESUCH, artists accompany one festival each as observers. The networking format &FRIENDS BESUCH serves the exchange and initiation of collaborations between performing artists from different regions of Germany and is made possible by the solidarity-based association FESTIVALFRIENDS, a network of regional festivals of the independent performing arts. It is both a laboratory for artistic production and an engine for long-term supra-regional networking, as well as a platform for strengthening nationwide structures of the independent scenes.

APPLICATION INFO

FOR WHOM: All freelance artists* in the performing arts with a work focus in Germany, whether very fresh on the scene or established and experienced. We are aware that art and culture scenes are not equally accessible to everyone. Therefore we especially invite people to apply who are affected by discirmination(s). We specifically encourage BIPoC, people with dis_abilities, queer people, and people of all ages to apply.

WHEN: April 26-30, 2023 (arrival day 4/26, departure day 4/30).

LOCATION: Hamburg

LANGUAGE: Most program items will be offered in German spoken language, but we will make every effort to provide translation.

APPLICATION: We ask for a short biography (max. 1 page) and an explanation (up to 1500 characters) why participation is appealing to your own work. Alternatively, you can make a video of up to 3 minutes in which you briefly introduce yourself and answer the two questions above. If you have already participated in a format edition of FESTIVALFRIENDS, we ask for a short note in the application. Applications can be submitted in English or German. If you have any needs or questions in the area of accessibility, please note it in your application - we will try to find a solution.

CONTACT & DEADLINE: You can submit your application as a collected PDF or video file via email to Lisa Florentine Schmalz at lisa.schmalz@hauptsachefrei.de by February 20, 2022.

TRAVEL EXPENSES/ALL-INCLUSIVE & LODGING: The FESTIVALFRIENDS association will cover the travel expenses of all invited artists* as well as the hotel accommodation and will pay you an expense allowance of 400,00 EUR.

We are looking forward to your application!

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12.01.2023

Dear festival friends,

 
the ninth edition of the Festival of the Performing Arts Hamburg - HAUPTSACHE FREI will take place again, this time already in spring. After the last festival focus »RELATIONSHIPS« we set the theme »PROGRESS« for the upcoming edition. Despite all the twists and turns and cutbacks, things go on. Events go on. The theater continues. So do we. We are currently in the midst of preparations with the festival artists and venues. 

In our last festival edition, which we are creating together as a team, we would like to celebrate with you again what is there and what is leaving: From April 20 to 29, we will pitch our tents in eight venues in Hamburg and welcome you to the most diverse dance, theater and performance art productions from Hamburg!

In addition to monsun.theater, Hamburger Sprechwerk, LICHTHOF Theater and Kampnagel/K3, this year we will open the festival in the new theater spaces of FUNDUS and also visit St. Pauli with Autowerkstatt Altona and Kulturkirche Altona. The selected productions and all info about the program will be published here in late February/early March 2023.

See you in April,
Jens, Hark, Christine, Kerstin, Lars, Joshua, Lisa, Vera, Jeanne, Christopher

OPEN CALL &FRIENDS BESUCH

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About the festival & FESTIVALFRIENDS

Hauptsache Frei is the festival of Hamburg's independent performing arts. Founded in 2015, the festival provides a platform for the artists of Hamburg's independent scene and invites professionals of the scene from all over Germany to Hamburg for exchange and networking. Concentrated on one week, the festival becomes a platform for artistic productions, contemporary trends, aesthetic innovations, socio-political discourses and scientific impulses. Hauptsache Frei is supported by the Bündnis für Festivals der Freien Tanz- und Theaterschaffenden Hamburgs e.V., a sponsoring association consisting of various institutions - venues but also interest groups such as DfdK Hamburg e.V. - in the city.


The Hauptsache Frei festival is a member of the FESTIVALFRIENDS network, an association of regional festivals of the independent performing arts in Germany. FESTIVALFRIENDS is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media through the program "Promoting Connections" of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste e. V. (Federal Association of the Liberal Performing Arts).

Our team

Jens Dietrich

Artistic direction

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Hark Empen

Press and public relations

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Christine Grosche

Artistic direction

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Kerstin Henky

Production management

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Lars Kracht

Technician

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Joshua Lerp-Petersen

Editing & social media

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Lisa Florentine Schmalz

WE PRESENT & Ticketing

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Jeanne Charlotte Vogt

Curatorial team

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Christopher Weimann

Curatorial team

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Vera Heimisch

Production management FESTIVALFRIENDS

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Contact

You have a question, comment or just want to say hi? Write us an email and we will come back to you as soon as possible!

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