Open Call - Introducing... 2023

Each year, the Berlin Performing Arts Festival presents works created within the city and the artistic positions of the independent performing arts community in a shared festival. With Introducing…, PAF, together with the four cooperating performance venues Ballhaus Ost, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensæle and TD Berlin, provide a schedule of programming with a focus on artists who are newcomers to Berlin. The goal is to provide space for promising artists, artist groups and collectives and their first new productions for the community in which presentation, discussion and reflection are possible. This serves both as an “introduction” to Berlin’s independent performing arts community as well as to “introduce” Berlin to new positions.

The Newcomer’s Platform Introducing... searches for promising artists, artist groups and collectives whose work is based in Berlin or will be based in Berlin, who work professionally but who are not yet professionally established in Berlin’s independent performing arts community and who define themselves as “newcomers” in the broadest sense. They should already have made their first connections within Berlin’s independent performing arts community. 

For the 2023 edition of PAF Introducing…, independent productions from the field of the independent performing arts made since 2020 will primarily be considered. Premieres cannot be submitted. Taking part in both the Programming from the Community of PAF and in Introducing… in the same year is unfortunately not possible.. You are welcome to apply with both analog and digital formats as well as with hybrid formats.


Application for Introducing... is via an online form that must be completed and submitted by January 23, 2023. Further informations you can in the FAQs. Please note that only those submissions that are received by us before the deadline and which contain a video documentation of the work can be considered.


We are happy to answer your questions via email: introducing [at]

Via this adress you can also register for an online information event taking place on January 10, 2023 at 5:00 pm in case you want to ask your questions personally.