Invitation to submit artistic/theoretical works and concepts

The DISKURS Festival is a theater festival between art and theory. DISKURS takes place annually in Gießen, this year from 14.10. – 30.10. Under the title smash|pause|trash it addresses the deceleration and restructuring of social and artistic practices.

smash – Which patriarchal, capitalist and colonial structures do we have to destroy?

pause – How can we reflect on our position and develop new ideas during a pause?

trash – how can we reassemble these ideas from the pieces as imperfect attempts?

We are interested in: Who has a/no place in current norms of working practices? How can we critique practices in which certain groups of people and individuals are increasingly placed in precarious financial circumstances or excluded? How can we work with other communities without reproducing existing stereotypes?

We are looking for:

  • works of any artistic discipline and theoretical positions on the mentioned topic
  • Artistic or theoretical research projects for our residency program.

We offer:

  • salary: we orientate ourselves on the lower fee limit of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste (DE) for contributions of 1-3 people (larger groups by arrangement).
  • Accommodation
  • travel allowance of 100 €
  • Residency for the development of a work and the possibility of a presentation/workshop


14.10 – 30.10.2022, residencies during the whole festival period, main program each weekend


rooms of the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, public space Gießen (DE) and digital platforms

We especially encourage people from marginalized groups as well as submissions that want to collaborate with marginalized groups from Giessen to apply.


You can choose the form in which you tell us about yourself. We are interested in:

  • your practice/projects/concepts
  • your working methods


You can write (max. 1 DIN A4 page) or tell us about yourself via other media (video or voice message, max. 5 minutes).

Applications can be submitted in the following languages: German, English, Farsi, French, Ukrainian. Preferably in English so that everyone in our team can understand the applications.

Send application to:


Tel: 0049 178 933 10 36 (Rosa Rotach)

Application deadline: 

01 July 2022

→ If the deadline or the form of submission causes difficulties for you, please feel free to contact us!  

Questions about the application to Eva Budniewski