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Cultural Policy Panel

The potential of cultural education in theory and practice

location: Muffatwerk
Monday, 8th July | 5 - 6 pm (before the performance of MIRKIDS)
Free entry
in German language

As part of the Think Big! Festival in Munich from July 5-13, 2024, the nationwide network explore dance, which has been promoting access to contemporary dance for children and young people throughout Germany since 2018, will be presenting two current dance productions (PRISMA by Rotem Weissman and ESTHER by Reut Shemesh) and a cultural-political discussion event on the potential of cultural education in the personal development of young people. 


On July 8, explore dance and the Think Big! Festival invites all interested parties to a cultural policy panel at the Muffatwerk.

With MdB Erhard Grundl, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen, 

Dr. Kerstin Evert, Director of K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg and co-founder of the explore dance network, and Franz Krämer, PostDoc, Chair of Education with a focus on culture and aesthetic education at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, will discuss the potential of cultural education for the personal development of young people. Sabine Leucht, freelance journalist for Süddeutsche Zeitung, taz, Theater der Zeit and others, will moderate the event.

Since its foundation in 2018, the cross-state network explore dance has enabled children and young people to participate in artistic experiences, focusing on the diversity of current contemporary dance styles and innovative formats. Over 30 productions have now been created, including 24 pop-up pieces that have already been shown in over 500 performances nationwide and internationally, flanked by many hundreds of outreach programs in schools and educational institutions.

For this, explore dance will receive the award for outstanding development in dance as part of the German Dance Award in fall 2024. The network had already been awarded the Perspective Prize of the DER FAUST theater prize in 2019. 

Nevertheless, the future work and continued existence of explore dance is currently only secured for 2024 with federal funding.

explore dance - Netzwerk Tanz für junges Publikum is a nationwide cooperation between fabrik moves Potsdam, Fokus Tanz/Tanz und Schule e.V. München, K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg and HELLERAU -

European Center for the Arts, created as part of the TANZPAKT STADT-LAND-BUND funding (2018 to 2023). It is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Cultural Department of the City of Munich, the Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance with funds from the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, the State Capital of Potsdam, the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg, the Saxon State Ministry of Science and the Arts and the State Capital of Dresden. 

With the kind support of the: ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE.


Representatives of the press are kindly invited to the panel and the performances at the Think Big! Festival, please register at:


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