Neue Wege (New Ways)
In October 2019, the second call for proposals within the framework of "Neue Wege" (New Ways) - the support programme for the professional development of municipal theatres and orchestras in NRW - was launched.
In the first call for proposals in 2018, a jury of experts selected 13 projects from 31 applications, which are scheduled to run for several seasons. A number of these projects are dedicated to addressing the audience or are designed to be participatory.
Audience development projects, projects of children's and youth theatre (or concerts) are just as much a part of the overall picture as the further training of young performing artists at the venues following their university education.
The fact that a significant number of projects have a concrete structure-building effect, e.g. by establishing specific fields and long-term cooperation with other theatres or independent theatre groups, is also part of the spectrum of concepts applied for, all of which can be found at neuewege-foerderung.de.
The Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW is providing 25 million euros for the "Neue Wege" programme between 2019 and 2022. This additional funding comprised 2.5 million euros in 2019 and will increase by a further 2.5 million euros each year until 2022, when it will reach 10 million euros.
The funds are intended to promote the strengthening and development of special profiles, of artistic quality and artistic, organisational, structural or experimental impulses.
The projects applied for can relate to the further development of existing thematic priorities, initiate structural changes, be interdisciplinary or involve cooperation with other cultural institutions or with protagonists from the independent theatre scene.
Ideas are welcome that aim to strengthen diversity on the stages of the state of NRW - in the composition of ensembles, orchestras and management structures, in artistic programmes or in attracting and retaining new audiences.
With its municipal 18 theatres and 14 orchestras, North Rhine-Westphalia's theatre and orchestra landscape offers great variety and quality in all areas. As places of art, cultural education and exchange, the theatres and orchestras are both places of art and places of communication for social interaction in their cities.
In partnership with the NRW Ministry of Culture, the NRW KULTURsekretariat is responsible for managing the project as an association of the theatre and orchestra-supporting cities in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The second tendering phase was completed in mid-December 2019. The jury decisions will be announced in mid-March 2020. Detailed information on the call for proposals on the website neuewege-foerdung.de