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Guest accommodation in Berlin

For practising artists, such as actors, directors, mimes, musical artists, performance artists, clowns, scenographers, lighting designers, mask designers, costume designers, sound designers, puppeteers or playwrights.

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The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Theatre offers a stay in a guest accommodation in Berlin.

The grant holder will get access to housing and a grant to cover travel and living expenses during their stay. The purpose of our residencies abroad is to support artists’ opportunities to create, develop and nurture their contacts outside Sweden.

Description of the guest accommodation in Berlin

The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Theatre offers stays in Berlin in our own guest accommodations. The grant is aimed at professional artists in theatre who reside in Sweden and/or have their main artistic activity in Sweden. Two people working together can apply, each submitting their own application.

Berlin offers fantastic opportunities to access vibrant theatre and cultural life. The stay can be designed according to your needs, and provides a space for an intensive work period, to nurture contacts, or for collaborations with colleagues or other actors in the city.

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  • Two people who work together can apply with one application each, and share the apartment. The apartment is located in Kreuzberg, on the 4th floor, without a lift. It is a 2-room apartment with a spiral staircase.

  • 2024

    September 30– October 12

    October 14 – October 26

    November 25 – December 7

    December 9 – December 21

  • SEK 15,000 per person. The grant shall cover travel and living expenses during the stay. The grant does not include insurance.

Application and report requirements

  • You must be a professional artist in the field of theatre.

    You have an artistic practice, for example, such as actor, director, mime, musical artist, performance artist, clown, scenographer, lighting designer, mask designer, costume designer, sound designer, puppeteer or playwright.

    To be considered a professional artist, you must earn a living entirely or partly from your artistic activities and regularly present your art to an audience or in an artistic context.

    You must be a resident in Sweden or practice most of your art here.

    You can be a foreign citizen and apply for our stipends and grants, but you must be a resident in Sweden or primarily practice your art here. If you are a Swedish citizen but live abroad, you must be able to demonstrate that most of your artistic activity takes place in Sweden.

    You must not be a student for more than 50 per cent of your time when an award decision is made.

    This means being enrolled in any type of studies, from undergraduate studies to doctoral studies and post-graduate education. You can be studying when you submit your application, but when a decision is made you cannot be enrolled for more than 50 per cent for a course or programme.

    You cannot receive tax-exempt grants for more than two consecutive years

    If you have received a two-year grant or two consecutive one-year grants, you cannot be awarded a new tax-exempt grant immediately after.

    You must not owe any unpaid Swedish taxes or fees to the Swedish Enforcement Authority or be declared bankrupt.

    This means that you cannot owe a debt on your Swedish tax account that has been passed on to the enforcement authority. This does not apply to other types of debts or charges from public organisations or private companies.

    You must not have received de minimis aid exceeding a total of 300,000 euros during the last three-year period.

    Stipends and grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee are subject to the provisions of the European Commission Regulation (EU) 2023/2031 on state funding, also known as de minimis aid.

  • The application for the guest accommodation is open once a year. See the application deadlines.

    You apply by logging in to “My pages”.

    In order to submit an application, you need to answer all the questions marked as mandatory in the form and attach work samples.

    If you work in a duo, you must each make an application and in the text indicate who you are collaborating with. Please note that you need to share the apartment if you are two people who intend to apply for a joint work stay.

    Applications must be submitted by 14.00 CET on the application deadline.

    Work samples are mandatory 
    Samples should be a movie file or a maximum of 10 images. It is important that you can be identified in the work sample if it is from a group performance. You can provide links to Vimeo, YouTube or a website as a supplement in the application form. Samples should not be older than five years. Make sure the links are working and specify passwords when needed.

    Number of files: 1-2
    File formats:  mp4 or mov
    Total file size: 250 mb

    You can submit your application on paper

    We recommend using our e-service to submit your application. It makes it easier for you to ensure that your application was registered and it allows you to follow your case via “My pages”.

    Application on paper

  • When we receive your application, we verify that you meet all the formal requirements. Members of the decision-making group for theatre will then read your application. The members are practising artists or experts in the field of theatre. At least three people read each application. The decision is made by the decision-making group for theatre.

    If a member has a conflict of interest in relation to an applicant, that member is forbidden from participating in the review process or award decision for that application.

    How we avoid conflicts of interest

    How is your decision made?

    We select grant recipients based on the quality of artistic activities and the applicant’s financial need. This means that we assess the quality of the work samples and reference material that you submit. At the same time, we make an assessment of your financial need. This can mean, for example, that we do not prioritise an applicant who has a high income or has recently received other grants or stipends.

    In our selection, we aim to distribute the grants to artists in different parts of the country and across a variety of artistic expressions.

  • The grant does not need to be reported financially, but the grant holder send in a report about the stay after returning home. Write in an email or a Word document and describe your stay.

  • The grant is exempt from tax.

  • If you are awarded a grant for the guest accommodation, you must state in all communications about your stay that it was carried out with the support of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Please use the wording with support of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.”

    Use the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s logo in the appropriate contexts.

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Tina Pettersson

Senior Adviser – Theatre and Film, Head of International Theatre Programme

+46 8-506 550 58 (Opens in a New Window)