An initiative of the City of Munich and the BMW Group

In 1979, BMW and the City of Munich founded the association SPIELMOTOR MÜNCHEN e.V., with the support of Münchner Olympiapark GmbH. Their goal was to sponsor special cultural activities, or to make them possible in the first place. The association’s first project was organizing a Munich theater festival, which at that time was almost unique. This theater festival was part of the cultural life in Munich until 1985. Then in 1981, SPIELMOTOR organized the »Alabamahalle«, a performance venue featuring an international program that became well known far beyond the borders of Munich (with the help of the Bavarian Television Channel’s Monday evening broadcast of »Live From the Alabamahalle«). When the concept of the theater festival didn’t quite work out any longer and the Alabamahalle auditorium had to be torn down in 1988, SPIELMOTOR sought out new areas of activities: The programs »Encounter with the Netherlands«, »Dialogue with Poland« and »Dialogue with Kiev« introduced audiences to the new artistic developments in these regions of the world. SPIELMOTOR also became a junior partner of the City of Munich in two projects: The »Munich Biennale – International Festival of New Music Theater« and »DANCE«, the international festival of contemporary dance. Since 1995, SPIELMOTOR has also been organizing its »own« theater festival, SPIELART, which takes place every two years and is a forum for contemporary forms of theater from all over the world.
The association SPIELMOTOR MÜNCHEN e.V. is a stable and sound Public Private Partnership: The partners, BMW and the City of Munich, established statues and by-laws for the association (without much bureaucracy) that are solid as well as easy to administer. They share the financing of the association’s activities on an equal basis, and allow the association the freedom to choose the content of these activities to a large extent. This is the open "secret of success” that has prevailed for more than thirty years by now, and the name of the association provides a clue to its program: SPIELMOTOR – both partners are a driving force for performances with artistic qualities.

Presseinformation der BMW Group zu 30 Jahren Partnerschaft für internationale Kultur in München

SPIELART Festival München

SPIELART has been exploring and researching new trends and movements in the world of international theater and performance since 1995, in order to present them to audiences in Munich every two years. The antennas are aimed at unusual forms of expression and aesthetics, current topics, strong personalities, and impressive productions. SPIELART follows the topics and themes, artists nowadays find important, but also always concentrates on posing questions about theatre itself as an art form, and on consistently re-exploring or re-establishing theatre with approaches from the fringes. Important accents of the festival are also its entrenchment in the city's cultural life and the dialogue between the city's artistic and institutional energies.

So far, during the course of nine festivals SPIELART has presented over 250 productions, performances, lectures, and installations, many of which were German or world premieres. SPIELART has introduced a multitude of artists who had been more or less unknown beforehand, and nowadays they can be seen on important European theatre and festival stages. In addition, SPIELART has established European networks – such as, for example, the initiative Theatre Festivals in Transition ( ), or the mentor projects WHAT'S NEXT? (2007), CONNECTIONS (2009), and CONNECT CONNECT (2011) – that have enabled young, up-and-coming artists, theatre critics, and program organizers to realize their first international productions and gain their first international experiences.

SPIELART cooperates with very different partners in a Munich network, such as Münchner Kammerspiele, Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel, Institut Français, Instituto Cervantes, Goethe-Institute, Muffathalle, Gasteig Cultural Center, Haus der Kunst, i-camp, pathos transport theater, Bayerische Theaterakademie, University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, the department of theater studies and other departments at the LMU Munich, and other theaters and cultural institutions.

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