What chances does the principle of solidarity have in view of the challenges caused by the pandemic and what role do borders play in this? With our festival SHARING ACROSS BORDERS, we are taking a critical and artistic look at this topic. We take a close look at cultural, physical and political borders.

Over the course of three days, SHARING ACROSS BORDERS brings together internationally established artists with emerging local talents.

Artists from four European countries came to Cologne in September 2021 to strengthen the strong exchange between cultural workers across borders – especially now. In this context, five young artists from NRW presented their project ideas in the pitching format SHARING IDEAS on two afternoons. The international artists of the studiotrade network presented performances, a late night movie and there was a two-day outdoor workshop.

The festival is planned in this form every two years.

Get an impression in our festival documentation:

On view were works by the following international and local artists:

Liisa Pentti (Finland), São Castro, António M Cabrita/Production Play False Cultural Association (financed by Programa Garantir Cultura) (Portugal), äöü und Jung Sun Kim (Germany), Gabriel Carneiro (Germany), Cie. Humaine (France), Vilnius City Dance Theatre Low Air (Lithuania), Dennis Alexander Schmitz (Germany), TachoTinta (Germany), Katharina Senzenberger & Charlotte Werner (Germany)


You can find the full programme here!



Artistic direction: Silke Z.
Administration: Carina Graf
Organisation: Anna Boldt
Assistance: Magdalena Schmitt
Technical direction: Beppo Leichenich, Garlef Kessler
PR: Kerstin Rosemann
Social Media Documentation: Lilith Fuchs
Helping team: Vivien Kovarbasic, Jimin Seo
Video Documentation: Barbara Schröer

Special thanks to our artist hosts and partners of the studiotrade network.