Berlin Performing Arts Festival

Dive in, see things differently, experience something new.

Berlin’s independent performing arts community invites to more than 120 productions! These will take place at over 60 performance venues and locations, moving through all possible genres and right across the city: from theater to performance, puppet theater, music theater, dance all the way to installations and site-specific work. Directly to the detailed schedule of programming


Performing Arts Festival is INTRODUCING...

Introducing..., the newcomer’s platform of the Performing Arts Festival, will present nine productions this year that demonstrate how aesthetically and thematically diverse Berlin’s independent performing arts community is: from comedy to tragedy, political to poetic, from grand gestures to intimate studies. Discover the stars of tomorrow! More about Introducing...

PAF 2017 Blog

During the festival, students within the theater studies program at the Free University of Berlin will curiously and critically take a long hard look at everything that makes up PAF: the productions and the artists, the work behind the scenes as well as the festival atmosphere. Armed with pens, paper, recording devices and cameras, they will set off, conduct interviews, write profiles as well as daily reviews.
(Only available in German.) Go to the PAF blog

Extras: Guided Tours. Hiking Trails. Exchange.



Spend a Day at the Festival Accompanied by an Artist from Berlin's Independent Performing Arts Community

Members of Berlin’s independent performing arts community become guides during the festival who select their very own personal highlights from the broad array of festival programming and invite audience members to set off with them on a journey of discovery throughout the festival. Guided Tours 

“Hiking Trails” Through the Festival

Anyone looking to explore the festival’s schedule of programming on their own can take inspiration from our “hiking trails” to set out on their own and move through the programming based on thematic and geographic aspects.

Directly to the "Hiking Trails" 

Background, Meeting and Dialog


The Performing Arts Festival provides audience members the opportunity to formally and informally meet Berlin artists and discuss their work in greater depth through the series Fokus Futur and in collaboration with Theater Scoutings Berlin

More about the ancillary programming



Discovering and experiencing new festival venues!


The festival will kick off with the festive opening event Open up, PAF! on June 13 at Alte Münze at 8:00 pm. All festival guests are cordially invited to celebrate the opening party with us! Directly to the detailed schedule of programming at the festival center



Festival Center and Outposts

In response to widespread demand, there is a festival center for the 2017 Berlin Performing Arts Festival. PAF will find a temporary home for six days in Alte Münze.

Three outposts also open their gates in three additional districts: aquarium at Kottbusser Tor, Platzhaus on Helmholtzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg and Allmende-Kontor, a community gardening project on Tempelhofer Feld offer information and atmosphere. More about the festival center and the outposts.



All Locations

No matter whether you do so in a large theater, a small studio or in public spaces – the Berlin Performing Arts Festival invites you on a journey of discovery.
See all performance locations featured in the festival.

The 2017 Berlin Performing Arts Festival

We are looking back on some fantastic festival days: We are thrilled about the excellent and diverse schedule of programming, the numerous audience members and visiting industry professionals from more than 16 countries – and, frankly, about a great success! We would like to say thank you for your outstanding dedication and enthusiasm to all of the performance venues and artists, all of the participants and, last but not least, our audience. To give you an impression, here are some of the first reviews in the press.



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SAVE THE DATE: The 2018 Berlin Performing Arts Festival will take place in 2018, from 5 to 10 June.

Visiting Industry Professionals

For everyone seeking to meet new partners and collaborators during the Performing Arts Festival, the schedule of programming of the festival center provides the space to exchange and discover the city in all of its summery facets together with colleagues. Our Schedule of Events for Visiting Industry Professionals

Background and History

The goal of the Performing Arts Festival is to present the diversity of the independent performing arts in Berlin and to make them visible within a larger framework. The festival coordination team works for LAFT Berlin and centrally promotes the festival and the participating productions, both in Berlin as well as internationallyl. The festival’s schedule of events and the productions presented is decentrally organized and financed by the participating performance venues and locations. More about Background & History