Emergency funding for dance in Germany

The emergency federal funding programme for dance that is being jointly developed and managed by the non-profit cultural organisation Diehl+Ritter, the umbrella organisation Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. and Joint Adventures / Nationales Performance Netz is part of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media’s rescue and support package “Neustart Kultur”.

With a total of 20 million Euro emergency funding for the German dance scene, it is designed to complement existing federal and state funding programmes while avoiding overcompensation. The funding supports dance in the analogue, medial and digital space. Some international development can be supported (at least under Tanzpakt Reconnect).

The programme is made up of three core strands:

  • TANZPAKT RECONNECT aims to strengthen dance infrastructure and institutions to secure their future success, with a deadline on 15 September,
  • DIS-TANZEN offers study grants for self-employed solo dance artists (Dis-Tanz-Solo, first deadline on 24th August) and incentives for dance schools and cultural organisations to expand their creative learning programmes (Dis-Tanz-Impuls, first deadline on 7th September),
  • STEPPING OUT supports the development, production and distribution of dance in new spaces. Information about "Stepping Out" is in German only. First deadline is August 10th and second deadline is September 15th.

Eligibility: This emergency funding programme is open to dance organisations & individuals (depending on the strand) with legal seat or residence in Germany. Candidates can apply for funding from only one of these programmes per project.

For more information, please visit www.dis-tanzen.de.

EDN joins Perform Europe

Join Perform Europe’s online Opening Event on 28 January at 14:00 CET

Perform Europe supports experiments with more sustainable ways in cross-border physical and digital distribution of the performing arts in the 41 Creative Europe countries with a view to designing future support schemes for the sector.



11-13 December 2020

a three-day online event hosted by Lokomotiva and Oracle Cultural Network

Lokomotiva - Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture (Republic of North Macedonia) in partnership with Oracle Cultural Network organise the 22nd “Oracle - International Congress of Cultural Managers and Cultural Operators”, a three-day online event.


What’s Next in Restructuring the Dance Ecosystem

Dec 10th, 2020

online conference hosted by European Dancehouse Network

Acknowledging the challenges the European dance sector is facing, EDN’s online conference provides insights into adaptive measures across Europe, emerging practices and current needs, envisioning a renewed dance ecosystem after a period of crisis.


Covid-19 impact on EDN members

EDN survey conducted by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo

European Dancehouse Network together with Fondazione Fitzcarraldo present the report with results of "EDN in Times of Covid-19" survey with responses of 38 dance houses from 23 different countries. 


#DanceAndWellBeing Campaign

Nov 2020 - Feb 2021

Raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing

EDN campaign raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing with weekly online dance classes by EDN members associated artists.



Next meeting: 3 November

A new co-production dance platform in Chile

NAVE launches TACTO, the first digital co-production platform in the field of chilean contemporary dance, where national artists and platforms will be matched with international programmers.


Tanzmesse Online Platform

27 August 2020 | Online

Watch the recording online

Due to Covid-19 containment measures, the Tanzmesse did not take place physically in 2020. But a full online programme was realised, which you can now find on Youtube through this article!


Curating in Context

Resources from the International Summer School

Over the course of the summer, EDN member Lokomotiva (North Macedonia) conducted the first edition of its International Summer School. We highly recommend diving in the resources made available online by Lokomotiva to reflect on contemporary practices of performing arts in relation to activism, social movements and self-organization.


Tanz im August

21–30 August 2020 | Online

Resources from the Special Edition

Tanz im August Special Edition 2020 might be over as a 10-day festival, but most of the programme continues to be available on demand: conference, films, documentaries, talks and new digital works.


Europe beyond Access

Survey deadline: 30 October

Making dance that celebrates difference

The project Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. At the lab hosted by Holland Dance Festival, the following question stood central: How can we create dance and performing arts scenes that are more diverse and that support the work of disabled dancers and artists?