Each year, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN hosts between 400 and 500 events over a period of 250 days: Concerts, film screenings, panel discussions, performances, readings, conferences, workshops, meetings …

Although not always noticeable for visitors of the venue, the production processes for the individual events vary considerably, which is why the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN distinguishes between:

  • third-party or self-financed events, which are paid for by subsidies, tickets or rent;
  • co-operations that are created in collaboration with partner organisations whose financial and personnel resources are incorporated into the conceptual design and implementation of the event;
  • guest events for which external organisers rent the premises, technology and know-how of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN to hold their events.

Given the personnel and budget available to the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN for the realisation of the programme, the ideal solution was to divide the programmatic formats into 10% third-party and self-financed events, 40% co-operation and 50% guest events. 
This assessment was confirmed by the organisational analysis carried out in 2015 on behalf of the representative of the Senate for Integration and Migration at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN .
The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has come very close to this ideal ratio in 2016:

  • 60 of a total of 441 events, i.e. 13.6% events were produced from own or third-party funds,
  • 140 events, i.e. 31.8% were co-operations,
  • the remaining 241 events, i.e. 54.6% were guest events.

Compared to earlier years, the number of co-operations was considerably higher, which reduced the number of in-house productions. This meant that 31.8% of all events were funded by the respective partners. It is not possible to give a precise amount, but for the year a mid-six-figure sum was achieved, supplemented by extensive voluntary commitment. In contrast to most other cultural institutions in Berlin, all three production formats play a similarly important role in the programme for reasons that are explained elsewhere.


The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.