We understand mentoring as consultation and guidance by an experienced, and competent person in a particular field.

Often between projects and their realization overarching questions arise about structural issues and art that cannot be dealt with because of time or space restrictions. The Theaterfestival Schwindelfrei wants to do something about this by affording artists, groups and institutions the possibility of working together with a mentor on a particular issue.

The Theaterfestival Schwindelfrei will award up to four mentorships. Within the framework of the festival, from July 7-10, 2022, insights into this mentoring process will be shared with the public.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and groups from all disciplines in the independent performing arts scene who live or work in Mannheim and the surrounding Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan region

We offer:

  • Working together with a mentor on a selected topic.
  • The work period can be chosen anywhere between March 1 and July 6, 2022
  • Paid contribution to expenses up to €1,500

We expect:

  • independent planning of the mentorship
  • from July 7-10, 2022, insights into this mentoring process will be shared with the public (in the format of your choice)

How can I apply?

  • Introduce yourself. (max. 10 lines) 
  • What type of mentor are you looking for?
  • Where do you need the support of a mentor? (max. 1 page) 
  • Do you already have a particular mentor that you would like to work with? If so, who is it?
  • provide a rough sketch of your project plan and
  • Send us your contact information and let us know who your contact person is


Please send your application per email to: kulturamt.schwindelfrei(at)

Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2022

Your submission must include the following:

  • The answers to the questions given in “How do I apply?”

Your submission can be sent as a PDF, an audio file or as a video link depending on what format would be the most convenient for you.

Incomplete submissions cannot be considered. 

Questions about our OPEN CALL can be addressed at:kulturamt.schwindelfrei(at)