Call for Entries ::: Cheers for Fears Fest in Cologne



From September 19th to 22nd this year’s edition of the Cheers for Fears Fests will take place in the Kölner TanzFaktur! We would like to cordially invite you to present your artistic work, discuss with us, to celebrate and dance. The festival sees itself as a transdisciplinary artistic meeting in which students and teachers, young artists and their audience meet.


* get to know artistic programmes and perspectives * reflect on artistic approaches and strategies * get interdisciplinäry feedback * dicuss questions of professionalization * relate your artistic work and study to contemporary discourses and challenges *

  • Do 19.9. transport & set-up of artworks
  • Fr 20.9. Workshop-Camp & showings from 6 PM on
  • Sa 21.9. feedback-talks & showings from 3 PM on
  • So 22.9. feedback-talks & final discussion

We offer

The festival offers you three days of intensive exchange – meals, accomodation (if needed) and concerts included. Participate in the workshop camp, meet aspiring artists from the various disciplines and discuss with them about the works shown.

You can

  • To discuss a concept or a work in progress
    The internal presentations offer the opportunity to discuss a project idea or a work in progress with the festival participants or to find fellow campaigners for artistic collaborations.
  • Participate in the showing marathon with your work
    The two-day showing marathon makes it possible to publicly present one’s own work and then receive feedback from the other festival participants.
  • Be part of the Workshop-camp
    At the workshop camp, everyone is workshop participants and teacher, and thus gets to know the different expertises and secret super powers of the other festival participants. You can just attend or give a workshop where you share your knowledge. Your 45-minute workshop should be designed to deal with a matter or practice that is near to one’s heart – and focus on a specific aspect of your abilities. Can you give a body or voice training? Would you like to talk about strategies of higher education or cultural commitment? Pass on knowledge from the field of production management? Teach skills in video editing or sound recording? Breaking down an art theory topic? … There are no limits to possible topics!

We are searching for

We are looking for artistic works by students and young artists from NRW. We look forward to submissions from all genres, installtive, cinematic, scenic and musical formats. Whether experimental video, dance piece, concert, sound installation, performance, film or play – with us you are right.

The Cheers for Fears coordination team will select works based on diversity of artistic positions and technical feasibility.


The focus of the festival is not on prizes and winners, but on open, committed exchanges. Therefore, the participation in the entire festival and the willingness to discuss your own work and to contribute to the discussions of the festival is a prerequisite.

Duration of time-based work: maximum 60 minutes.

Applications must be handed in by every one who wishes to participate in the entire festival (with or without artistic work), by July 20th 2019 by sending the completed application form to
The artistic submissions only need to be described in one form; team members (who also want to take part in the whole festival) should just shortly refer to their participation in their application form.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us in our office at the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr:
Am Schloß Broich 38 | 45479 Mülheim | | 0208 85 78 204

Say it aloud
I’m lost and proud
Your’re welcome here
Cheers for fears!


Supported and made possible by Kunststiftung NRW, NRW Ministerium für Kunst und Wissenschaft and Kulturamt Köln.

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