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Networking at the Impulse Theater Festival

Impulse Theaterfestival 2019 © Robin Junicke

The application deadline for Networking at the Impulse Theater Festival 2023 has expired.

Networking residency at Impulse Theater Festival



The Impulse Theater Festival in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Cologne und Düsseldorf is one of the most important platforms for independent theatre in the German-speaking area. Each year, NRW KULTURsekretariat‘s Impulse Festival presents exemplary works that have been produced outside the traditional system of city theatres and that test, question and expend the medium of theatre.

Besides the ten-day Showcase and a specific city project, the Impulse ACADEMY deals with practical issues of independent theatre-making in the form of workshops, lectures, panel discussions and experimental formats.

The Impulse festival invites the participants of its exclusive networking residency to view the festival productions, take part in the Impulse ACADEMY, and to forge contacts with international event organisers.


The offer is aimed at artists who work in the fields of stage direction, choreography, acting, performance, dramaturgy, stage or costume design, who have already gained initial professional experience with projects of their own, and whose professional practice is based in Switzerland. A good knowledge of German is a prerequisite for participation in the programme.

Photo: Impulse Theaterfestival 2019 © Robin Junicke

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