The internationale tanzmesse nrw – fair & festival will not take place as planned from 26-30 August 2020. Due to the measurements taken by the German federal and state governments to contain the COVID-19 pandemic (updated 4 May 2020), no large events and festivals are allowed to take place in Germany before 31 August 2020.

The organisers are however bringing the international dance community together, as it is crucial to stand in solidarity in times where venues are closed.

Online platform

Join the digital trip to Düsseldorf and a discussion about "How can dance get back on the road? - Touring, artist's mobility & international collaboration".

Share your experience, discuss, meet new and familiar colleagues, and enjoy some time with the Tanzmesse community.

The programme and (free) registration will be published on

International Symposium Dance(s) and Ritual(s)

Deadline: 15 August 2020

Contribute to the Centre National de la Danse symposium

Can dance be perceived as a ritual? How are ritualised actions created in dance practices? What are their qualities, or singularities? What effects do they produce? In what way can referring to a rite enlighten, modify or displace dance practices?


Neustart Kultur

Various deadlines!

Emergency funding opportunity in Germany

Neustart Kultur, an initiative of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, will provide 20 million Euro emergency funding for the German dance scene, complementing existing federal and state funding programmes while avoiding overcompensation


Residency at K3 Hamburg

Deadline: 12 August 2020

K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg provides three eight-month residencies per season to choreographers - the call for proposal for the season 2021/2022 is now open.


Europe beyond Access

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?


Rescue the arts

Plea to national governments

In the face of the crisis, together with IETM, Circostrada, ETC and In Situ, we call on the national governments to take measures to safeguard the long-term viability of the cultural sector.


Audience Development toolkit

October 2019

Practical guidance to dance organisations

Aerowaves and audience development expert Heather Maitland have compiled an Audience Development toolkit to give practical guidance to dance organisations, using international research and case studies from Aerowaves partners.