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Internationale Tanzmesse NRW

Apply for support to attend the largest international professional gathering for contemporary dance.

Urban Dance Day at internationale tanzmesse nrw 2018. Photo credit Dmitrij Matvejev.

About the opportunity

Tanzmesse is the largest international professional gathering for contemporary dance. Taking place every two years, the event is attended by up to 2,000 international exhibitors and visitors, and is an important forum for exchange, knowledge transfer and networking.

Creative Australia will support a delegation to attend this event and will have a booth in the Exhibition Space. We also welcome any Australian artists and companies attending on a self-funded basis to join the delegation and any related networking activities.

You can find more details on the event on Tanzmesse’s website. You may also be interested in viewing the recording of APAM’s The Future of Market Platforms Series: Internationale Tanzmesse nrw conversation (from March 2022).

Applicants are encouraged to consider extending their time in the region to undertake additional market or professional development activities beyond Tanzmesse.

Other contemporary performing arts festivals and events taking place in Europe and the UK in August and September include:

August and September include:

Creative Australia will support delegates based in Australia with $5,000 and overseas-based Australian delegates with $2,500 towards the cost of travel to attend Tanzmesse. Delegates are responsible for all costs associated with attending the event including flights, visas, travel insurance, accommodation, and registration.

If you have been selected to showcase work in Tanzmesse’s official program, you can apply for support through the International Touring and Presentation Fund.

If you are a d/Deaf applicant, an applicant with disability, or are working with d/Deaf artists or artists with disability, you may apply for access costs associated with the use of an interpreter, translation services, specific technical equipment, carer, or support worker assistance. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Who can apply

This opportunity is for dance artists and/or producers working independently or within organisations.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for this grant if:

  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to Creative Australia
  • your organisation receives investment through the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework
  • your organisation receives a combined total of more than $520,000 annually (per calendar year) through the Four Year Funding program, and/or the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy funding from 2021 to 2024
  • you have applied to the Tuesday 5 March 2024 closing date for the Arts Projects grant categories for the same activity.

Applicants are required to respond to the following assessment criteria:

  1. The impact of attendance at Tanzmesse in developing future international opportunities for your work.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the region and market.
  3. The timeliness of this opportunity and a demonstrated ability to plan and deliver on any international outcomes that may arise.

Your application will be reviewed by Creative Australia staff and industry advisers against the assessment criteria.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid-May 2024.

No support material is required for this application.

Frequently asked questions

No. You are not required to provide a budget with your application.

No. You are not required to provide support material with your application.