2 – 13 June 2021 in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Mülheim an der Ruhr + Online



There will be numerous digital events in the programme of this year’s Impulse ACADEMIES – we are still hoping that there will be hybrid formats as planned and that small, analogue events will also be able to take place during the festival period from 2 to 13 June 2021 in Düsseldorf.

For ACADEMY #1 – MAKING HISTORY performing artists will set up a performative Independent Theatre Archive from 2 to 6 June 2021. In addition to the artists invited by the festival, the winners who were chosen from last year’s open call on the theme ‘Making History’ will also present their work in progress on the topic of self-archiving. As things currently stand, the accompanying discourse programme will take place digitally. The artists will work in situ and present their results either in analogue form or online.

ACADEMY #2 – LOST IN SPACE? from 10 to 12 June 2021 will focus on the role of the body in creating communities, political protest and international collaboration. Mornings are reserved for international exchange: in talks and discussions by video conference artists and researchers from countries including Australia, Belarus, Germany, India, Mexico and South Africa will discuss what they have learned from the age of social distancing.
The afternoon programme for ACADEMY #2 consists of a workshop spanning several days with the artist and cultural researcher Sibylle Peters. Closed groups will each meet in person Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bangalore, Bern, Johannesburg and Minsk to work on the art of touch, smell, intimacy and vulnerability. You can register now for the analogue group in Düsseldorf by sending an email to akademie[a]impulsefestival.de!



The SHOWCASE presents outstanding productions from the independent theatre. This year’s programme has yet to be finalised: the productions that will be invited are those from the “2021 selection” that can realistically be presented at the time of the festival – if possible supplemented by productions that could not be shown last year.
However, there will definitely be a great deal to see online!

City Project

The Impulse CITY PROJECT connects urgent issues of our time with a local context — an approach to the performing arts that originated in the independent theatre scene. In this year’s edition of the festival, in co-operation with Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, it examines the ever increasing division between rich and poor.

Learning from Lockdown?

The publication is mainly in German. It includes two texts in English by Diya Naidu und Mbene Mbunga Mwambeneare.

Since March 2020 the theatre has spent most of the time in lockdown. On one hand, the cultural lockdown has exposed problems that were already known about or could have been foreseen. On the other hand, it has also heightened awareness of theatre’s unique nature as an art of assembly and encounters and provoked solidary action and unexpected solutions. So: what now? Can we learn also learn something from this crisis? How do we want to continue afterwards?

The publication brings together contributions from independent theatremakers and those in positions of responsibility from the worlds of culture and politics on the insights, ideas and demands that they have gained from the coronavirus crisis. Its themes range from funding policy and a social safety-net through the fundamental right to artistic freedom and digital access to the vulnerability of the body in the theatre space.



Die Vielen

Solidarity over privilege. It’s about all of us. Freedom for the Arts!

Go to the Berlin Declaration of die Vielen (the Many)