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 of 2017


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.



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...

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



Review 2017

A great success!

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.




More about the 2017 Berlin Performing Arts Festival you can find on facebook, instagram and twitter

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

Festival Buddies

During the Performing Arts Festival, various buddies are available to support you as you make your way through the city and between the more than 50 performance venues. A bicycle is a fantastic mobile buddy to help you through the summery city and the festival. Visitors receive discounted special conditions from our partner Fat Tire Bike Tours & City Segway Tours Berlin. You can receive more information about bicycle rental at the festival center and outposts.
More about the festival buddies


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