Application Deadline: January 7, 2024 (23:59 CET)

Hauptsache Frei is turning 10! From June 5th to 9th, 2024, the festival's anniversary edition offers Hamburg's artists a platform and aims for stronger regional and international networking. The focus remains on the independent performing arts, while the festival is also open to contributions from other artistic fields and interdisciplinary formats.

Against the backdrop of increasing challenges to societal cohesion and a changing art scene, Hauptsache Frei continues to work towards making contemporary trends, aesthetic innovations, socio-political discourses, and academic impulses visible and open for discussion.

For the anniversary edition, we are looking for artists and visionaries — whether they work primarily in Hamburg, regionally, or internationally — who are willing to take risks, transcend boundaries, and assume responsibility. We seek collaborators who refuse exclusion, who are dedicated to promoting a diverse and inclusive society. We are looking for allies who address the interplay of the past, present, and future in their work.

The productions for the festival are selected by an expert jury. For invited productions, the festival will cover performance fees (in line with the BFDK's recommended minimum fees), as well as travel, accommodation, and material costs, subject to agreement.

Please use the online application form for your submission.
Application Deadline: January 7, 2024 (23:59 CET)
Notification: Early March 2024

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We look forward to receiving your applications!