Neue Wege (New Ways)
The theatre and orchestra landscape of North Rhine-Westphalia is unique in its density: 18 municipal theatres and 14 municipal orchestras offer a great variety and high quality on stage with plays, musical theatre, dance and concerts as well as children’s and youth theatre.
Just like urban societies, theatres and orchestras are undergoing a major change as well. In order to shape this change from within the cities of our State where municipal theatres and orchestras contribute their indispensable work, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW provides considerable funding for a new programme of profile development.
25 million euros are proactively available for the years 2019 to 2022. This creates extended scopes for sustainable artistic quality and, as a consequence, contributes to developing the profile of theatres and orchestras in their cities and beyond.
2.5 million euros of this additional funding will be allocated to the year 2019 and another 2.5 million euros will be added each year until 2022, so that funding in 2022 will amount to 10 million euros. A jury of experts was established to decide which projects should be funded. In partnership with the NRW Ministry of Culture, the NRW KULTURsekretariat as an association of theatre and orchestra-supporting cities in North Rhine-Westphalia will be responsible for supervision .
The funding is intended to strengthen and develop particular profiles, artistic quality as well as artistic, organisational, structural and experimental impulses.
The submitted projects can, for example, refer to the continued development of existing content-related focal points, initiate structural changes, have a cross-discipline concept or include cooperations with other cultural institutions or with protagonists from the independent theatre scene. Ideas are welcome that want to strengthen variety on the stages of the state of NRW with regard to the composition of ensembles, orchestras and management structures, to the artistic programmes or the acquisition and retention of new audiences.
The first call for applications was issued in November 2018 and ends on 7 January 2019. The decision about the funding will be announced in early April, following the jury sessions in February and March.