& friends: Visits

(c) Sven Heine

IMPLANTIEREN has been part of the association »Festivals der freien darstellenden Künste« (»Independent Performing Arts Festivals«) since 2019, together with 6 tage frei frei (Baden-Württemberg), Rodeo Festival (Bavaria), Performing Arts Festival (Berlin), Hauptsache Frei (Hamburg), andFavoriten  (North Rhine-Westphalia). 

This cooperation has created the first supra-regional, continuous association of urban and regional festivals of the independent performing arts. It is a sustainable association which guarantees a unique interaction between supra-regional cooperation and qualification as well as the strengthening of regional structures. The aim is to create increased visibility for local freelance artists* and to professionally network them nationwide.

One of the formats that have been developed within the framework of this cooperation is »& friends: Visit«, an exchange platform that enables artists from the cities of the partner festivals to visit the other festivals and exchange ideas with actors from the local independent scene. It offers them the opportunity to discover the aesthetics and working methods of another scene at one of the festivals as observers and to take part in discourse and discussion events. With a mix of a joint programme and latitude, the »& friends: Visit« create room for networking several times a year by creating visions for long-term collaborations. 

For the first time, IMPLANTIEREN2020 will make such an exchange scholarship for cultural workers from Hamburg, Berlin, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg possible.