With "PerformAktiv", the NRW KULTURsekretariat runs a funding programme for performative formats with experimental approaches. The programme supports the development of performative forms and aesthetics beyond traditional genre boundaries and aims above all to enable works that usually have few chances of receiving funding. It was developed together with the cultural offices of the partner cities.
Due to the constantly growing interest in the past years, this programme will be offered again in 2022 with an increased funding volume compared to the previous year. At the same time, the possible more frequent use of alternative venues due to the crisis will be taken into account. While eight projects in five member cities received support in 2020, 15 projects in eight partner municipalities were made possible in 2021.
Funding is available, for example, for installation works with performative elements or interventions, both in public spaces and at unusual performance venues and thus beyond the classical stages and podiums. Staged productions are not eligible for funding. Organisers, artists, institutions and initiatives from the member cities of the NRWKS are eligible to apply. In the case of digital formats, the artist's place of work must be in a member city. Applications can be submitted throughout the year. The maximum funding amount is 3,000 euros. Applications to the NRWKS must be approved in writing by the cultural offices.