The qualification programme for freelance performing artists is a new training and development scheme from the NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste [NRW State Office for Freelance Performing Arts]:
The working reality of freelance performing artists has undergone major transformation in recent years. Under the omen of changing working conditions, new, practical training opportunities have been called for to intensify the sharing of experiences between artists. Starting from a survey, the NRW Landesbüro für Freie Darstellende Künste has been acting on the needs of freelancers and, in the summer of 2017, initiated an innovative and comprehensive training and qualification programme. A special feature is the meeting of artists in workshops and discussion rounds to learn from each other. The programme therefore reverses the conventional teacher–student relationship by bringing different artists together, to create an exchange among themselves which have long-lasting impacts. Young artists are invited to talk to experienced artists. Newcomers and the displaced come into dialogue with local artists. Cultural-political and economic themes undergo re-examination. This creates space for a constructive sharing of ideas – as well as a place where inactivity and catching breath is permitted. The qualification programme covers 13 workshops lasting 1 to 3 days, as well as the availability of external advice. Among those participating are production companies and organisations such as Cheers for Fears, the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, the Consol Theater in Gelsenkirchen, the Maschinenhaus Essen, the IDFactory in Dortmund, the Stellwerk in Witten, the Zukunftsakademie NRW and the Zeche 1 in Bochum.
Freelance artists from other disciplines are welcome to take part in the workshops.
You can find the statements of the interviewed artists that illustrate the background to the overall programme here.