The newly founded OPEN BORDER ENSEMBLE has the goal to support artists who have fled their home countries and come to Munich in pursuing their profession here. It extents an invitation to actors, authors, dancers, musicians and stage directors of the most diverse nationalities and languages in order to assist them in implementing their projects and integrating them into a network with other artists.

The OPEN BORDER ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL is part of the MUNICH WELCOME THEATRE. The aim is to present works by the ensemble (theatre, film, music), to offer artistic methods of empowerment and to discuss the possibilities of art in exile in Munich and Berlin.

Funded by

Fonds Doppelpass der Kulturstiftung des Bundes
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Dealing with people who have fled their home countries is one of the key challenges of our society. In a process of consultation, development and design the artists Björn Bicker and Malte Jelden cooperate with the staff of the Münchner Kammerspiele to open the municipal theater on all levels of operation to the complex topics of flight, arrival and asylum. How can refugees be actively involved in the work and design processes of the theater? What types of staff commitment are imaginable in order to link the theater more intensively to the current reality of an immigration society?

As kick-off event the theater organized the OPEN BORDER KONGRESS in October 2015. The invitation was extended to artists, scientists and activists from all over the world, to well-established and brand-new Munich inhabitants. Together they turned the Münchner Kammerspiele into a theater of the future.

Sponsored by

Fonds Doppelpass der Kulturstiftung des Bundes
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In a second step the theater itself will be converted into a model project. The objective is to turn the enterprise “Münchner Kammerspiele” into a genuine WELCOME THEATRE. The diversity of the different working areas of a theater (art, technology, management, training, circle of friends and audience) reflects the entire municipal society. Staff members from all departments are supported in their efforts to contribute to conversion. The activities related to the WELCOME THEATRE take place both within existing work processes as well as in voluntary work. ,

How can people who have fled their countries and come to Munich be involved in the work processes of the theater? What knowledge is required for doing so? How can the theater become a new home for refugee artists?


From October 16 to 18, 2015 the theater was made to shine. For one week-end artists, scientists and activists gathered in all rooms of the Kammerspiele to reflect upon the future of the European immigration society. Exemplary initiatives and organizations established networks among themselves and allied with the theater: CUCULA, Grandhotel Cosmopolis, Bellevue di Monaco, Refugee Radio Network, Social Ride and Kiron University, just to name a few.

In lectures and discussions, international guests from politics, philosophy and sociology drafted new paths of European refugee policy beyond isolation and nationalism: Elsbeth Guild, Ousmane Diarra, Mark Terkessidis, Napuli Paul Langa, Armin Nassehi, Manuela Bojadjiev, Francois Gemenne, Heribert Prantl, and many others.

Genre-crossing cultural projects presented exemplary theatrical works, performances, documentaries and concerts, featuring, among others, IDENTITÄTEN DEHNEN (“Expanding Identities”) by Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Adnan Softić with BIBBY CHALLENGE, PARADIZE MASTAZ by Hajusom and the Senegalese musicians from MARK ERNESTUS' NDAGGA RHYTHM FORCE.

Within the framework of the OPEN BORDER KONGRESS “the Second International Schlepper & Schleuser Congress” dealing with the border-crossing business and the facilitators’ trade took place in 2015.

Click here for the comprehensive program of the Open Border Kongress 2015.


4. Apr 16, 16:00 to 22:00 Hrs
Kammer 2


FOR REFUGEES AND LOCALS / به نوشیدن قهوه خوش آمدید // كافيه مرحباً