FAQ


Is it possible to co-finance my project also through third-party funding, e.g., when I would like to work with more than four artists?

Yes, co-financing with third-party funding is generally possible.  


Will travel expenses and accommodations for artists who must travel from outside of the region, but are participating in the project be compensated?

The open call for applications was explicitly directed to artists from the region. Therefore, the festival cannot cover travel and accommodation expenses. However, co-financing through third-party fund could also be possible. Contact us to discuss individual cases.


How should the results from the residency be presented?

The format is up to you; it can be a performance, a lecture, a network meeting, a publication or something in a very different form. The issue you were working on, as well as your work methods and the results you obtained should made be clear.


Can I apply for both a residency and a mentoring project?

Yes, if the mentoring and the residency are connected somehow. The work in a residency can be guided by a mentor.


The language we use for collaborating is English. Does the presentation have to be in German?

The presentation can also be in English. Please contact us so that we can find a way to make your work accessible to those who do not speak English.


How should the results from the mentorship be presented?

The format is up to you; it can be a performance, a lecture, a network meeting, a publication or something in a very different form. The issue you were working on, as well as your work methods and the results you obtained should made be clear.


What do you mean by ‘structural issues’?

This has to do with, for example, questions of diversity, accessibility, sustainability, work and production processes, dramatic direction or digitality. This should be a topic that you are directly working on or are confronted with in your project.


Can I make other suggestions?

Yes, please! We are open to ideas for our programme, suggestions for musical or other artistic contributions, topics for the peer-to-peer academy, etc. Just write us an email: kulturamt.schwindelfrei(at)mannheim.de


I have created a digital project, installation or film and would like to present it in the festival. Would you be interested?

Yes. Just let us know what your project is and how you think it could be presented in the festival. Please be aware that Schwindelfrei is a theatre festival – your project should have something to do with this or has been developed out of another form of performance.


Can I apply even if I am still a student?

Those who are actively producing art at a professional level, but are also studying can apply.


I would rather send my application by post. Is that possible?

No. Please send your application per email as a PDF/ as an audio or video file.


Do I need to send letters of reference?

No, letters of reference are not necessary.


Will there be an application interview?

No. Application interviews will not be held.


What criteria will be used by the curator to evaluate my application?

Has the planned project been convincingly presented? Could a residency actually help the group with their project? (For instance, a literary research project does not require a rehearsal room, but an exploration of movement would.) How urgent is the residency for the particular group in respect to other groups? Does the selection of the projects as a whole exhibit artistic variety?


Is there a possibility to receive feedback in the case that my application has been rejected?

The curator will give a short explanation about why a project was rejected.


Is there a possibility of childcare?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer childcare because of legal reasons.


Are the working spaces barrier-free?

Unfortunately, the work spaces are only partially barrier-free. 

Please contact Christoph Meyer about your requirements:


When will I find out if I have been selected to participate?

Participants will be informed at the beginning of March 2022 at the latest.


I have more questions. Who do I talk to?

Please contact Christoph Meyer.