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Winterwerft is the festival for wild, organic theater. For theater that dares to look fearlessly, curiously and questioningly into the abysses of our time.


From 26.01.- 11.02.24 we open our doors and gates and invite you to the Winterwerft: Friday and Saturday from 18:30, and Sunday from 15:00 a packed program awaits you on the Kulturgelände:

Many people know protagon from the Sommerwerft on the banks of the Main in Frankfurt. With the Winterwerft, we are also implementing “culture for all” in winter. We organize a special festival format on the cultural grounds of our association for international performing arts: for three weeks, we invite artists and groups to live, rehearse, train and research together in the protagon performance and production space. Every weekend, as part of the festival program, we also show the results of this theater laboratory and want to exchange ideas with you. We have also invited other regional and international artists to show their work.

The Winterwerft space provides a magical setting for the festival. During the day, there will be workshops open to everyone in theater, dance and more. The site and our exhibition will then open from 18:30. The yurt, the Babushka Café and the foyer invite you to linger and exchange ideas with concert sounds, discussion formats, warm drinks and treats. Theater and performances take place in the hall, and if we need it, there is also space for dancing. And on Sundays we have a program for the little ones in the afternoon: Imaginative workshops in the cozy yurt and theater for young and old.

We want to create a peaceful and safe environment at the Winterwerft where everyone can feel comfortable, regardless of gender and gender identity, sexual identity, disability, ethnic origin, nationality, age, language, religion or ideology. It is now up to all of us to create such a space and take values such as consideration, solidarity and tolerance seriously. For this reason, we have set up an awareness team at the festival, which is always present. Our care team is also always present at the festival and can be contacted for all issues relating to hygiene and safety.

We try to make access to the festival as barrier-free as possible. The event rooms and toilets are wheelchair accessible.

This year, for the first time, we will have a sign language interpreter translate the evening moderations and selected events into German sign language. This is made possible by a funding from Aktion Mensch. Most events such as dance and physical theatre contain little or no spoken language, others are subtitled or surtitled. Further information can be found in the programme.

All theater events, performances, concerts and other cultural offerings are financed in solidarity through donations (amount at own discretion).

You’re welcome no matter your financial situation. But of course, we depend on your donations to make this festival happen.

Come along, let’s use the dark winter time to listen together, to dance, to be touched and to move the questions we are now confronted with.