Neue Wege (New Ways)
"Neue Wege" (New ways) is the funding programme for the profiling of municipal theatres and orchestras in NRW. The first two calls for proposals took place in 2018 and 2019. Due to the Corona pandemic, the third call for proposals will be published in 2021.
At present, 30 ambitious projects that are planned for several seasons are being funded. Some of these projects are dedicated to addressing the audience or are participatory in nature. Audience development projects, children's and youth theatre (or concert) projects are just as much part of the overall picture as the further training of young performing artists at the theatres following their university education. Last but not least, a significant number of projects have a concrete structure-building purpose, e.g. by establishing specific sections and long-term cooperation with other theatres or independent theatre groups is also part of the spectrum of concepts applied for.
The NRW Ministry of Culture is providing a total of 25 million euros for the "Neue Wege" programme from 2019 to 2022. This funding comprised 2.5 million euros in 2019 and will increase by a further 2.5 million euros each year until 2022, when a funding amount of 10 million euros will be reached.
The programme promotes the strengthening and formation of special profiles, artistic quality and artistic, organisational, structural or experimental impulses. The projects applied for can relate to the further development of existing thematic focuses, initiate structural changes, be cross-disciplinary or involve cooperation with other cultural institutions or with protagonists from the independent theatre scene.
Ideas are welcome that aim to strengthen diversity on the stages of NRW - in the composition of ensembles, orchestras and management structures, in artistic programmes or in attracting and retaining new audiences.
With its 18 municipal theatres and 14 orchestras, North Rhine-Westphalia's theatre and orchestra landscape offers great variety and quality in all genres. As places of art, cultural education and exchange, they are both places of art and spaces of understanding for social interaction in their cities.
In cooperation with the NRW Ministry of Culture, the NRW KULTURsekretariat manages this programme. An extensive brochure was recently published presenting the funded projects.