for Artistic Development

For us, residencies are focused phases of artistic work that we can support within the framework of the festival by providing workspaces and a budget.

Work processes, research, and room for experimentation all play an important role in the performing arts. We would like to make this part of the artistic process transparent in the Schwindelfrei Festival.

The Schwindelfrei Festival will award up to four residencies for artistic research on the theme of Focus: Now. Expressing the Urgent. The final presentation will be performed during the festival between July 11 – 14, 2024.

Who can apply?

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

We offer:

  • A 3-week work residency for artistic development, research, and experimentation.
  • The provision of a rehearsal space in Mannheim – please note that the residency rehearsal spaces are not technically fully-equipped stages.
  • June 24 – July 10, 2024: work phase.
  • Assistance during the work phase by the curator and a technical expert.
  • The residency will conclude with a presentation of your work / work-in-progress or a lecture performance of at least 20 minutes during the festival from July 11 – 14, 2024. We are not looking for a fully completed piece.
  • Renumeration for a max. of 4 persons for 3 weeks per residency. The renumeration per person has been set at €2,250.

We expect:

  • Mandatory availability of all artists during the work phase and throughout the festival from June 24 – July 14, 2024.
  • Transparent, reflexive work practices that afford the festival team the possibility to visit rehearsals.
  • Openness towards artistic exchange with the festival team and other artists participating in the festival.
  • July 11 – 14, 2024: a public final presentation of at least 20 minutes.
  • The final presentation to take place in the rehearsal space where you have been working. We are looking for insights into your work methods and perspectives, excerpts from scenes and an active dialog with the audience.

How can I apply?

  • Briefly introduce yourself. (max. 10 lines)
  • Present your project for the residency – how do you want to work and what do you hope to accomplish? (max. 1 page)
  • Who will participate? List all participants in the residency project (name, function, where they live and what their work focuses on).
  • If you wish to have a mentor for your residency, answer the question guide for the mentorship.
  • Send us links to websites / other materials (if applicable). 
  • Let us know who your contact person is and send us their contact information.


November 30, 2023: OPEN CALL Application deadline (by email)

January 2024: OPEN CALL Decisions and expected announcements

June 24 – July 10, 2024: Working phase in the residency

July 11 – July 14, 2024: Festival period with residency presentations

Selection criteria:

  • Convincing and coherently presented artistic approach.
  • Whether the residency could play an important role in your own artistic development.
  • Urgency.
  • Relevant thematic focus.
  • Reflected positioning and approach to your work.
  • Socially and ecologically sustainable methods of working.


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

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. 

Application deadline: November 30, 2023

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


Please send all open questions, suggestions or any other queries to:

Nicole Libnau 


Tel.: 0621 / 293-9367

Please take a look at our FAQs / Frequently Asked Questions

more information about the residency theme