Step by step, our guide will lead you to all the important information you might need for your international work.

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The Guide


touring artists supports welcomes artists, creatives and culture professionals who were forced to leave their home countries due to the political situation and are now residing in Germany. We provide orientation about the German cultural landscape and the Berlin culture scene in particular. We explain the legal framework for artistic practice in Germany as well as the necessary prerequisites to work here as an artist or creative – especially for artists from countries outside of the EU. We guide you through administration in Germany and help to find the competent contact. All of that to facilitate the continuation of the artistic or creative work in Germany.

This page contains all the information on our website that may be useful for new artists arriving in Berlin.

All you need to know

The texts below provide information on various topics relevant to artists and cultural workers who are new to Germany.

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The Help Desk Service

In the context of International Artists Info Berlin we offer special counselling for artists from countries in crisis who are new to Berlin. The topics we cover within the framework of these counselling units are:

  • Setting up a business (introductions to questions about taxes and the artists' social insurance fund)
  • Visa and residence (How do I get a visa as a freelance artist? What do I have to do to get my residence permit extended? Can I take on a part-time job as an employee?)
  • Introduction to the cultural landscape in Germany (What are the basic funding structures? Which organisation can help/advise me on which topic?)

Detailed information on the counselling services and how to make an appointment can be found here.

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The MONTHLY MEET-UP is a network meeting for transnational artists in Berlin, that are new to Berlin and try to get a foothold here. It will give you the chance

  • to get advice on administrative questions relevant for your artistic work in Berlin (such as tax number, KSK (social security fund for artists) or visa issues)
  • meet members of Berlin’s art institutions and get to know their work
  • meet fellow artists and support each other
  • visit shows, performances and exhibitions together

The MONTHLY MEET-UP takes place every third Monday of the month in the Mediathek of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) in the Kunstquartier Bethanien. Detailed information on the respective topics and guests can be found on our event page and on social media.

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The offering of Neu in Deutschland is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion as part of the project International Artists Info Berlin.