New „Cultural Beacon“ funding for the dance field

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The “Dance Congress” was an international dance convention, public festival and interdisciplinary research lab, which the German Federal Cultural Foundation hosted in six cities between 2006 and 2022. Following the appointment of its new artistic director in 2023, the Foundation held meetings with representatives of the dance scene to develop a concept for the future. These talks laid the groundwork for the Tanztriennale. The plan is to jointly organise the event with a strong municipal partner, and in so doing, highlight current trends in contemporary dance, attract new audience groups and promote exchange between dance professionals in the field. An independent artistic director will be selected through an international call for applications. Particular attention will be placed on bringing together various dance scenes – from urban dance to contemporary aesthetics to classical ballet – genres which have become more differentiated in recent years.

The “Cultural Beacon” funding programme of the Federal Cultural Foundation will enable the festival organisers to establish longer-term partnerships with professionals and amateurs, as well as between various dance genres. For example, funding would enable urban dance artists or Nouveau Cirque performers to collaborate with classical choreographers. The first edition of the Tanztriennale is scheduled to debut in 2026; the performance venue will be chosen following a nationwide call for applications. Preparations are to begin in 2024, and the first digital info events for interested parties took place in January.

Ein Zeitstrahl von den Ausschreibungen im Jahr 2024 bis zur Realisierung der ersten Tanztriennale im Jahr 2026

Project timeline

Graphic of the project timeline from 2024 until the first edition of the Tanztriennale in 2026 (date: 01/15/2024).


Call for proposals

An image of people dancing in a public square. On the right there is a text box with black letters on a yellow background, stating: "Artistic Director(s) Tanztriennale 2026, international call for proposals, deadline: 31 August, 2024"
Photo: Andreas Etter, Design: Bureau Est

For the artistic direction, a person or a team is being sought to develop an overall substantive and artistic concept for the Tanztriennale and to implement it together with a project manager. In close cooperation with local stakeholders and institutions, he, she or they will curate and develop a program, set thematic focal points and, if applicable, select curators for individual topics as well as artists and other dance stakeholders. Selected national and international dance experts will contribute to the professional exchange in open or curated formats. The Artistic Director(s) will see it as their duty to provide the audience with an insight into the diverse working methods in dance by means of new productions, guest performances and educational formats. A continuous presence in the city is expected in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the regional conditions and work closely with local partners.

Interested in applying for this position? We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Application and selection process

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2024. A team application is possible. The selection of the Artistic Director(s) shall be made with the help of an international Search Committee. The shortlisted applicants shall be invited to a personal interview with the Search Committee and the Executive Board of the Federal Cultural Foundation. The interviews are scheduled to take place in Berlin on 14 September 2024. Please find a PDF of the complete call for proposals in English below.


No upcoming events at present

Previous events

  • 19 January, 2024 : Digitale Informationsveranstaltung in deutscher Sprache

    10:00 – 11:00 Uhr

  • 18 January, 2024 : Digitale Informationsveranstaltung in englischer Sprache

    14:30 – 15:30 Uhr


Karin Kirchhoff

Kulturstiftung des BundesFranckeplatz 206110 Halle (Saale)
Tel: 49 (0)345 2997 169Fax: 49 (0)345 2997 333E-Mail to Karin Kirchhoff