offered advice and knowledge transfer around the topic of sustainability in the independent performing arts, organises workshops and brought stakeholders and experts from the area together.


The issue of sustainability was, is and remains one of the biggest challenges in our time for all of society. Production methods in the independent performing arts are also responsible for the current climate, resource and environmental crisis. The model project “Performing Arts – Performing Future” addressed this. With the help of experts, mainly from the network Performing for Future, and cooperating state associations, theoretical and practical knowledge on sustainability in the independent performing arts were systematically pooled and shared. In this way, long-term sustainable productions were promoted. By December 2022, the BFDK had set up the Sustainability Training and Advice Centre.  

The Sustainability Training and Advice Centre also served as a general information and contact point. It offered advice and knowledge transfer and was directed at the cooperating networks, the state associations and their members, multipliers, administrations and politicians at a state, municipal and local level, as well as all other stakeholders in the independent performing arts.

In the area of training, workshops on various aspects of sustainability were organised. These included, for example: sustainability in production and touring; sustainability in funding practice and cultural policy; sustainable business ecology; artistic climate research. The workshops were carried out in collaboration with the cooperation partners on a transregional and mostly hybrid basis.

“Performing Arts – Performing Future” was funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR programme with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.  

Cooperation partners


LAFT – Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin e. V., Berlin

Landesverband Freier Theater Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V. , Testorf

Laprof Hessen, Frankfurt/Main

Performing for Future – Netzwerk Nachhaltigkeit in den Darstellenden Künsten, Deutschland

Verband Freie Darstellende Künste Bayern e. V., Ansbach

gefördert vom Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR

Fördererlogo Fonds Darstellende Künste und Neustart Kultur

Team + contact information

Project management

Sandra Bringer
E-Mail: @email

Portraitbild Konstanze Grotkopp, Team BFDK

Konstanze Grotkopp
E-Mail: @email

Project staff

Portraitbild von Lena Kron

Lena Kron
E-Mail: @email