1) What is the festival theme for 2023 and how was it selected?
Together with protagonists from the arts, sciences, architecture, theater, design, and art education sectors for 2023 this festival theme was selected:
“Play so that you may be serious.” Anacharsis
For this 25th summer season we want to playfully bring art into locations across Neukölln. With the 2023 edition of the festival we will create artistically open spaces somewhere between child’s play, power plays, and a variety of game worlds for a (playful) confrontation with the challenges in these times of enduring crisis.
To play is part of life and can be used as a contrast and balance to work, conflicts, and wars, or even as a tool for processing trauma.
Whether as a voluntary, purposeful activity that unfolds freely; or as a social act strategically oriented towards self-discovery and the abundance of responsibilities towards our fellow human beings – playfulness has an important roll in urban society.
What places do we play in?
What social expressions emerge in urban games?
Through play – that complex and multifaceted phenomenon – we construct our own frameworks, transform reality through our imaginations, and define our own roles.
So let’s play!
2) Who can apply?
Any artist that would like to contribute something to this theme. All exhibitions take place in Berlin-Neukölln. Before the beginning of the festival a fitting venue or exhibition space must be found. Your background or residence as an artist is immaterial.
3) Can I also apply if I have not yet found a venue or exhibition space?
Yes. You can find a fitting venue by searching our online marketplace. If you need more help, we can support you in the search.
4) Where do I find a venue or exhibition space?
In the online marketplace. The 48 Stunden Neukölln team can support you directly if you are unable to find a fitting venue. Write us an e-mail at:
5) Where does the festival take place?
In Berlin, Neukölln. Most of the festival takes place in the northern part of the district, but we are happy to receive applications from the southern part of Neukölln.
6) How long does the festival last?
The festival goes on for 48 hours from Friday, the 23rd of June 2023 at 7:00 PM to Sunday, the 25th of June 2023 at 7:00 PM.
7) Until when can I apply?
Application phase: the 1st of January to the 3rd of February 2023.
8) How can I get funding for the festival?
There are two possibilities to apply directly with the 48 Stunden Neukölln team for funding of art projects:
Signals is for art in public spaces.
For this we need a project description and finance plan. Funds as high as 2500 € are available in the form of a contract for materials, work, and labor. If you would like to apply for a Signal we ask that you first contact us directly so that we may support you with our project development experience.
ArtSpaceLabs is oriented towards curated group exhibitions.
With ArtSpaceLabs curated group exhibitions will be able to find funding. Project spaces and curators are invited to experiment with exhibition concepts.
Coordination fee: 350€ including taxes (if applicable)
Artist fee: 300€ including taxes per person. (Each group can have a maximum of 4 individual artist fees, so max. 1200€ can be applied for.)
Material costs: 500€ per group
The cost calculations must be presented in the form of a legible finance plan or spreadsheet and included as a PDF. A final decision on names of participating are not a requirement, i.e. names may be included later or simply be changed. The coordinator fee may also go to one of the participating artists. The use of material costs must be estimated and listed accordingly.
Other funding opportunities:
Funding from the District Arts Council (Fachbereich Kultur) – Deadline is the 19th of January 2023:
9) If I have questions about the festival who can I ask?
Festival Director: Kat Nowak email@example.com
Assistant Director: Alexandra Flindris firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Team: Sharon Rose and Katharina Schlee: email@example.com
Tel. (Mon. – Fri. 11 AM – 3 PM): 030 682478-21/-22