Festivals & Labs

The labs are designed as intensive work and exchange formats which facilitate the meeting of all artists and partner venues. Over several days, the artists, dramaturges and guests will be able to exchange ideas on projects and working methods, present their projects and work together on common themes.

FREISCHWIMMEN is no longer a touring festival. Instead, FREISCHWIMMEN festivals take place at partner venues, and FREISCHWIMMEN productions are integrated into festivals and thematic focuses at various stages of work.

FREISCHWIMMEN meets RODEO / October 07 – 15, 2022

Hosted by HochX

Online-Lab / November 16 and 17, 2020

Hosted by Theater Rampe and Schwankhalle Bremen

For almost two entire days, virtual presentations and conversations were held in various online formats to exchange information about the projects, working methods and plans. The participants were not only taken into rehearsal processes and on theater stages, but also via Googlemaps into concrete new development areas in Leipzig and Cologne, were given a short live concert and could almost smell scent experiences through visual impressions and detailed descriptions. In 15-minute “Break Out Sessions” there were short introductory talks between the dramaturgs and the artists. Input was provided by Caroline Creutzburg, Till Korfhage (Mobile Albania) and Cilgia Gadola (former production manager FREISCHWIMMEN).

Live-Lab / August 27 until September 1, 2019


Embedded in the Zürcher Theater Spektakel (15 August to 1 September 2019), the first seven-day lab hosted by Gessnerallee Zurich offers opportunities for intensive collaboration, to (better) get to know Zurich’s theatre and performance scene, and to introduce oneself to a broad professional audience.

The first lab at Gessnerallee Zurich is supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

Freischwimmer*innen. The Future is F*e*m*a*l*e*


November 29 until December 8, 2019

The first festival with a reference to FREISCHWIMMEN will take place from November 29 to December 8, 2019 at Sophiensæle which combine the promotion of FREISCHWIMMEN young talent with their feminist programme work. With the inclusion of further international guest performances and theorists, the focus will be on strategic knowledge exchange and specific, solidarity-based opportunities for action.

Full programm here

The Festival Freischwimmer*innen – The Future is Female* at Sophiensæle is sponsored by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe – Promotion of Festivals 2018/19 relevant to urban policy.