Open Call 2024

Application for artists

Calling all artists from the performing arts and music

– Join us and apply for one of our stages in public space by April 21, 2024!

This year, the “Sommerwerft” invites you to the eastern bank of the Main in Frankfurt for the 23rd time and opens a space for culture, community and dialog from July 26 – August 11, 2024. For this purpose, the area at the Weseler-Werft will be transformed into a cultural open space, which we want to create with regional, national and international performances and also with your contribution:

Whether theater, dance or performance, music or poetry contributions, sound, space or other forms of installation art, on stage or site-specific – we are open to a wide variety of ideas and concepts.

With the theme “Culture of Peace”, we are tying in with our current reality: In times when hatred and aggression – racist, homophobic, mysogynistic, etc – are once again becoming socially acceptable, and when arms are once again being raised at all levels, it is the urgent responsibility of cultural practitioners to weave a different story: to counter the narrative of “us versus them” with a different one, and to give space in content as well as formats to the richness that arises from diversity and difference. How can we overcome the rifts that run through our society? How can we build bridges between urban and rural areas, between young and old, between the diverse cultures, genders and backgrounds that we bring with us as individuals? How can we establish a dialog in which we meet as equals? Such a dialog requires platforms, “round tables”. And we believe that theater and the performing arts can be such a “table”.

As part of the festival community, you will live together with many other artists on the protagon – international performing arts site. It is important to us to share the collective flair of the Sommerwerft and to live the participatory idea of solidarity.

We look forward to your proposal and any unsolicited application in order to make a diverse and high-quality selection of performances. We accept applications up to and including April 21, 2024. We want to give feedback to all applicants by May 7th at the latest. You will then find the possible stage formats for your performance.

We look forward to a lively summer of culture with you!


  • Performance description
  • 2-3 photos (300 dpi) in print quality with photo credits
  • Video link
  • Technical Rider
  • budget
  • Text for the program booklet (250-400 characters including spaces, in German and English)
  • optional: show credits, website, facebook or instagram link

Please use the application form at the bottom of this page!

From classical street theater to experimental dance under FREE SKY, large-scale for audiences of up to 1000 seats, for 360-degree productions and special formats, the Sommerwerft has traditionally offered these performance spaces for 20 years, where large international productions with up to 3500 spectators have taken place over the past 20 years.

This format is aimed at performing arts productions in public space and those that can be adapted. Two stage areas are available on level ground:

Theaterplatz West: open space 20 x 30 meters / cobblestone surface

Theaterplatz Ost: Stage area 12 x 13 meters / flat open-air area with fixed background (backdrop) and truss for light & sound

Time slot: always Wednesday to Saturday: 21.45 – max. 23.00 Contact: Bernhard Bub –

With its 10 x 6 meters and 4 m interior height (rear edge 3.6 m), the covered open-air stage offers a classic black box with a dance floor. A production from the various fields of the performing arts will be shown here daily from around 20:00: poetic, diverse and innovative! Please include an adapted lighting concept in your application, as the sunset during the festival only takes place after 21:00!

Contact person: Maximilian Friedel –

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Dear musicians and bands – From July 21 to August 6, 2023, we are looking for singer & songwriters and small bands for the music stage (4m x 3m) who would like to play a concert in the wonderful ambience of our Bedouin tent without a drum set, only with acoustic instruments and percussion.

Contact person: Seppl Niemeyer –

The Kulturfreiraum is the place for everything that doesn’t need a stage. The Sommerwerft lives from its unique location on the banks of the Main. Between green spaces and old harbor machinery, it offers space in various corners that can be used and enlivened by art, performance and theater. We are looking for spontaneous, imaginative and adaptable (site-specific) performances / walk-acts etc. to transform the Sommerwerft site into an integrative theater experience alongside the large stages.

Contact person: Max Büttner –

Ansprechperson: Max Büttner –

Several open spaces are available at the Sommerwerft, which can be used for workshops in the fields of theater, dance & performance, as well as any body work, but also for other participatory formats – discussion rounds, information events, etc.

Please send a short note on accessibility; if possible on the language of the instructions, type of movement, previous experience, any necessary physical requirements, use of touch.

Contact: Patsch Katrin Hailer –

Dear dancers and performers from the independent scene!

For the NIGHT OF DANCE 2024 Vol. I / II we are looking for pieces from the fields of dance, dance performance or dance theater on two different program evenings – hybrid or multidisciplinary language is welcome, but body and movement should still be in the foreground!

WHEN: Vol. I: 30.07. Vol. II: 06.08.

DURATION OF THE PLAY: between 10-30 minutes

STAGE: 10 x 6 meters

Lighting and technology should be as flexible and simple as possible, as the Night of Dance will be shared with other artists.

Contact person: Barbara Luci Carvalho –

To all artists in the queer scene! We are looking for dance or theater performances for our Queer Night of Performance 2022, at the Sommerwerft. The performance should be based on body and movement and relate to queer and LGTBQIA+ topics.

What you need to know:

– Date: 08.08.2023, from 20h

Duration of the piece: between 15 and 50 minutes

Stage: 10 x 6 meters (performances usually take place before nightfall)

We also need you for the reconqueer project, with which we are using art and culture in the Sommerwerft program (theater and open-air stage, music program, cultural open space and workshops) to reclaim public space and bring our normality back to where it belongs: in the middle of society.

With you we make queer and LQBTQIA+ art visible! Contact person: Benedikt Müller –

Please send applications for other event formats such as installation work, discussion panels or similar directly to: