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  Currently renewing the website!
Feb 28th, 24
We are currently working on the website to add all new data. We will let you know as soon all is done. ;-)

Closing this years Festival!
Sep 21st, 23
Dear dancers. We are happy and fed by this years Festival. It was such a pleasure to meet and dance again after such a long time of not having the Festival.
Thank you all for your support and patience to make the Festival happen this year! Although it was intensive and challanging with all the rebuilding, renewals and diverse needs we are able to finish this years Festival soon and starting to plan the next year. Yes we are on it - check the dates for next year on the Festival site.

Closing of the registration for the waiting list!
July 18th, 23
We are happy to announce that the Festival has been booked out for a while and the registration on the waiting list has been opened for a month. The registration is now closed (as a Participant and as a Helper). The waiting list got so long that we do not see any chance to join us this year. We do normally open the registration on April 1st, please be on time to assure your place x the future, we will be happy to see you in the coming editions. Looking forward!

We need more helpers!
June 18th, 23
We are happy to announce you that the Festival is full with a wonderful international group of movers. We are opening the waiting list. There has been lot’s of movement so do not hesitate to register, you might still have a chance.
NOTE: Due to recent cancellations, there are 5 HELPER places available. If you are interested to contribute with your energy to the event and get a reduction, please register soon and we will come back to you with our proposals. We are looking forward to our dancing summer.

Changes in the schedule!
June 18th, 23
We are very sorry, that Kevin Dockery is not coming but instead we have Jess Curtis on that day teaching. Check the schedule.

Updating descriptions of Intensive!
April 4th, 23
The descriptions and biography of Simonettas Intensiv is updated now.

Starting registration midnight!
March 31st, 23
We will start registration midnight. In case you will not see the button for the registration form - please reload your browser.

Change of an intensive teacher!
March 30th, 23
Fabiana Capriotti, will unfortunately not be able to teach. We are fortunate to welcome Simonetta Alessandri as an intensive teacher instead.
Simonetta will teach Feldenkrais - Improvisation - Contact.
Her final text will be online next week Monday evening.

Contracts for the halls arrived
March 7th, 2023
We are happy that the contracts for the halls are signed and another step towards the Festival is done.
Registration will open on April 1st midnight CET.

Festival scholarship's news
February 24th, 2023
In 2020, making a decision was a big challenge because many dancers applied from different countries and with strong motivations. Back then we announced, only to the applicants, the 6 selected full scholarships for a Festival that finally couldn’t take place. As we have done with the Festival program, we also postponed their participation.
The 6 selected full scholarships:
1. Abdallah Damra, Palestine
2. Hamza Damra, Palestine
3. Islam Elnebishy, Egypt
4. Mariia Bakalo, Ukraine
5. Samar Al-Zuairy, Egypt
6. Tu Le, Vietnam
Then this year, due to our decision to reduce our work and simplify our tasks, we decided that out of this list of 6, we will only take 2 of them per year. Once they all had the opportunity to participate at the Festival, we will do the next call for applications.
We are happy to announce the Festival Scholarships 2023:
Mariia Bakalo, Ukraine
Samar Al-Zuairy, Egypt

Thank you, for all of your contributions to make this possible! You will still be given the possibility to donate.

The Website is updated
February 1st, 2023
The Flyers are printed and should arrive to your location in Europe in the next days.
The Website is now updated with all current information. Some more will come.
See the schedule: Schedule2023

Canceled projects within the festival in 2023
December 14th, 2022
To simplify our work we have decided to cancel some projects within the festival.
For the 2023 edition we cancel the following projects:
The Preworkshop
The Research Project
The T-Shirt Design Competition
The Performance-Curation Project

Resuming the organization of the 2023 Festival
December 14th, 2022
Despite the unforeseen circumstances, we as a team have decided to resume the organization for the contactfestival freiburg 2023.
It is and remains uncertain if it can take place and therefore we are planning some changes or cuts to simplify our work and financial changes to be able to manage the risks together. In the next months we will inform you here about the changes. Also in what form we can take over the planning of 2020 and what changes there are. The opening of the registration for 2023 remains as usual on April 1st.
We recently shared the news through our newsletter. If you did not get the information - sign up for our newsletter.

Cancellation of the Festival 2021
April 25th, 2022
Dear friends of contactfestival freiburg,
we hope our words find you well after this long time of ongoing changes, uncertainties and a new war so close to some of us.
We write you after having a team meeting being confronted with new conditions. We had many conversations with the city Freiburg fully hoping to do the Festival this year embracing the recently loosened sanitary restrictions. But we faced the unexpected: the gym halls that we rent from the city Freiburg every year are hosting the Ukrainian refugees for an indeterminate timeframe. Unluckily, there are no other spaces in Freiburg that will be fulfilling the needs of our event.
We won’t be organizing any event in the frame of contactfestival freiburg this year. We decided once again to postpone the planned program of 2020 to 2023. We truly hope to be able to do the Festival next year and celebrate the CI 51st anniversary together with you.
Save the dates for 2023 in your calendars:
July 31st - August 4th Pre-workshop
August 5th - 10th Teachers Meeting
August 10th - 16th Festival

In autumn, we will be focusing our thoughts and energies into the contactfestival freiburg 2023. We dream of peace and of dancing with you. We keep you posted. Best and caring wishes, and plenty of ease, tenderness, strength and resilience for this strange times…
The contactfestival freiburg team Dani, Barbara, Ecki

Cancellation of the Festival 2021
December 1st, 2020
Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, we are not able to hold the festival in 2021. We have decided to postpone the whole program from 2020 to 2022.
2021: And because we consider dancing together as an essential activity, we wish to organize an event in the summer of 2021, despite all circumstances and under whatever conditions. When gatherings become possible, we will find new formats and create time and space to dance together. From last year's experience, no clear picture will form before the end of spring.

Preworkshop 2020 will happen
July 7th, 2020
Yes we can rent the spaces and will run the preworkshop - please reagister as soon as possible: preworkshop

Coronanews about the preworkshop and the idea of the alternative event
June 17th, 2020
we hope you are finding your way into the pleasure of movement at home, outdoors or dealing with the indoor distance measures.
Here are some updates as we promised you: After some conversations with the Town Hall this week, it is still not clear if we can rent a gym hall. At the moment they are only available for the schools and not for external associations like us and groups of max 10 people are allowed in the gym. These rules run till June 30th and we don’t know when this will change. If they don’t change, we are unable to organize anything.
We are still full of hope that we can host the preworkshop with Charlie Morrissey as planned on August 3rd - 7th, 2020. The content of the workshop will be redesigned into Material of the Spine, solo, duet and group Improvisation without touch and with physical distance, to suit the current measures. The workshop is addressed to experienced contacters and improvisors.
We are also brainstorming about an alternative event directly after the preworkshop from August 8th - 14th, 2020 that could also fulfill the sanitary necessary measures for 25 participants. It takes the shape of a CI Research Lab for peers. Participation will be only through a personal invitation. We will contact you as soon we know more about changes.
For both events we are in close dialogue with the town hall and will get a next update about new regulations for renting the spaces for our purposes, at the beginning of July. We are planning to come back to you by July 7th with the last news.
It is a big help to know you are sustaining this uncertainty with us till we can pronounce our final decision in July. Thank you.
We keep you posted and look forward to dancing together again.
Best and caring wishes, the team

Festival is cancelled for 2020
May17th, 2020
After holding the hope of making the Festival happen this year we finally let go. Sadly we announce that the contactfestival freiburg 2020 will not take place. By cancelling the planned program, we are following the COVID-19 measures of the German Federal Government.
We would like to acknowledge this emotional moment and the difficulty of making our decision. We started working for this Festival edition in September 2019 and since March we are busy, trying to understand the situation in Germany, Europe and globally. Especially in these times it made us realize the importance of the role of the Festival that has always promoted: proximity, touch, togetherness and physical dialogue for an International dance community. In the process of making our decision we needed to acknowledge that till August we won’t have the necessary conditions for our event to manifest in its Spirit: the certainty of a big size group gathering permission, the allowance of TOUCH, a free travel/open borders situation for you all to reach Freiburg.
We can not imagine the possibility of a virtual contactfestival, so we decided to maintain the entire program from this year -including all intensive, class and guest teachers and the already selected 6 Scholarships, as far as this will be possible- for the contactfestival 2021, happening from August 12th - 18th.

Still we are full of hope that we can host the preworkshop with Charlie Morrissey as planned on August 3rd - 7th, 2020. The content of the workshop will be redesigned into Material of the Spine, solo, duet and group Improvisation without touch and with physical distance, to suit the current measures. The workshop is addressed to experienced contacters and improvisors.
We are starting to imagine the possibility of organizing an alternative event directly after the preworkshop from August 8th - 14th, 2020 that could also fulfill the sanitary necessary measures, for about 20 - 40 participants.
For both events we are in close dialogue with the town hall and will get a next update from them about new regulations for renting the spaces for our purposes, by middle of June.
We keep you posted and look forward to dancing together again.
A virtual hug with the best and caring wishes, the team

Festival information about the current situation and the Virus
April 23rd, 2020
we want to thank all of you, who have registered accompanying us in our dream of making the Festival happen this summer.
We are keeping ourselves informed, observing the different measures and the ways each country chooses to deal with this situation. Living in Germany & France, with the heart close to people living far, like Argentina, confronts us to the diversity of political responses, giving us a wider view on the heterogeneity of responses that the global CI community might be going through.
The scenery is uncertain to make a final decision, as the regulations in Germany are still changing. A lot of information is missing and each region takes different positions just like in the EU and in a bigger scale, globally. What becomes more clear is that physical distance seems to be a must for the current and the next future times and that some countrie’s borders might still be closed in August.

We hold our decision to go forward with the event for now. We do keep the hope and slowly start accepting to assume that the Festival might not be able to happen in 2020.
Meanwhile, we start to imagine alternatives to it: a smaller scale of a meeting about Improvisation, only EU participation or even local, or….
With the little information we have now, we are unable to plan anything, yet.
We invite you to sustain this uncertainty with us till we can pronounce our decision. We might need to wait till June for the clarity of the conditions, but we plan to do a next update by the middle of May. We thank you in advance for your patience.
In case you wish to register, do so, but please do not send any money till we contact you again.

We hope you are finding your own ways and resources through the difficult conditions of this time.
Dreaming to dance together again.
The team Dani, Barbara, Ecki

Festival registration will start on the 1st of April
March 24th, 2020
Taking into account the recent news about the Corona virus (COVID-19) and the uncertainty that this creates, we have made the decision to go forward with the preparations for the Festival without ignoring the facts, challenges and changes to be made.
As organizers of this big and international event we feel socially responsible and we are keeping ourselves informed to respond with the necessary precautions to create a safe and healthy environment at the Festival.
We do have the hope that the circumstances will allow us to make it happen, but we will take our responsibility to cancel the event if the situation demands it and send you back the payment you did.
By registering for the event you will help us to keep the work flow and show us your interest to meet and dance this summer. None of us can be sure if there is a possibility to meet in August, but if so we want to make it happen.
For now we sustain the project till further notice, adjusting where it is necessary to support global health and life energy especially in relationship with our international event. We will keep you updated.

Festivalschedule and all the information is online now
February 13th, 2020
Yes all the information about the teachers and the schedule is online. Check it out. Registration starts on April 1st like always.

Preworkshop information is online
February 12th, 2020
All information for the preworkshop with Charlie Morrissey is online.
Registration is possible from now on.

Research Podcast recordings from 2019
December 9th, 2019
We uploaded the recordings from From the Research Podcast facilitated by Romain Bigé. Please check if you know more names....

Look at the video material from 2019
December 7th, 2019
See the documentary from Konstantinos Mihos and the Talk of the Organizors as well as the Performance under video archives.

CO2 offset at the Festival
December 2nd, 2019
Read more about our donation and your participation for reducing CO2 under FAQ's

Apply for a scholarship
October 20th, 2019
Please see the description and what is needed here. Deadline: 5th of March 2020

Apply as researcher at the contactfestival freiburg
October 20th, 2019
Details and application process here. Deadline: 1st of May 2020

Looking for a video artist
October 20th, 2019
See details here.

Send in your T-shirt designs and apply for a free entrance at the Festival
October 20th, 2019
Details here and deadline: 31. May 2020

We are waiting for your applications
October 20th, 2019
After a wonderful 20th anniversary we are starting all over again. Happy to receive your class teacher applications till 31st of October 2019. See the details here.

Festival registration is closed
July 31st, 2019
Hello dear dancers, we are closing the Festivalregistration and there will be no chance to get a place anymore. Please don't come to the place if you are not assigned and ask, there will be no place for you. We have more people assigned, than we can take we are at the end of our capacity.
Happy to receive a big amount of international people and totally in the hot phase of preparing.
The Festivalteam

Waiting list
June 28th, 2019
We are on waiting list now. Don't hesitäte to register for the waiting list. Tilll the Festival starts we are sure that the list will still change. So the chances to get a place are still high. We hope to see you this year.

Winner off the T-shirt Design Competition
June 17th, 2019
Congratulation to Liza Andreyeva, Carry Jeffries and Rosalind Holgate who are the winners. See the design under archive/competition

Collective Documentation and Collaboration
June 2nd, 2019
As part of the 20th anniversary, we are happy to share with you:
After a collective decision at contactfestival freiburg Teachers Meeting 2016 & 2017 we decided to collaborate with idocde.net to collectively document the Teachers Meetings in the future making the notes available for the international dance community.
Last year, thanks to Defne Erdur & Dilek Üstünalan’s facilitation we gave it a try and we were happy to start this shared practice.
The 2005-2017 lab notes can now be found at http://www.idocde.net/folders/95
The 2018 lab notes can be reached at http://www.idocde.net/folders/92
This year our collaboration continues.
We hope that the international dance community benefits from this collaboration and that you find on this platform and the notes a great tool to research, archive and exchange about your dance practice.

See the applications of the T-shirt Competition
June 1st, 2019
See the T-shirt Designs of the Competition. We will decide about the winner soon and let you know mid June. T-shirt Competition

SUSTAINABILITY at the Festival
May 24th, 2019
We gathered all information about sustainability at the Festival. Please read more under faq.

Video artists at the Festival 19
May 22nd, 2019
We are happy to announce that for the 20th years Festival Celebration, we selected 2 video-artists:
Konstantin Mihos (GR) his Festival docu film will be also part of his MA thesis at the University of Aegean.
The yielding lens
From the train station to the entrance of the gym hall we‘ve been surveyed by thousands of cameras protecting other’s property. Inside the Festival we are in a communal land where a camera is no longer a mechanical tool of authority nor a stalkers's eye but a limb, my limb. I am not the video man, I am one more Contacter dancing with all of you; I don’t even look through the viewfinder. I trust my camera to balance my axis while dancing with you, supporting, closing and opening space, sustaining or accelerating time. After our dance will be finished, I will look, probably with surprise, at the captured images. And then I will be the video man who will deliver a documentary about the Festival of 2019.
Yevhen Titov (UA) his Festival docu film will be integrated in a New Collection about the last 20 years Video documentations of the Festival, edited also by him.

Researcher 2019
May 22nd, 2019
We are happy to announce that Flor Campise (ARG/BE) & Meldy IJpelaar (NL/BE) will work on their research: „FROM CI ISLAND TO CONNECTIVE CI RHIZOME“ More information coming up on the Website. Also check our facebook site: www.facebook.com/contactfestivalfreiburg

Send in a T-shirt design for our 20th edition and win a place for free
April 24th, 2019
The deadline for this years T-Shirt Design Competition is the 31st of May. Check here for more information.

Apply as researcher
April 24th, 2019
We are still open to recieve application for our research program.
Deadline is the 1st of May. Please check here.

Registration is still open
April 24th, 2019
You have still the possibility to register regulary. Once we are full we will start the waiting list probably in May.

The new schedule and all teachers descriptions are online now
Februar 25th, 2019
The website is updated with the new schedule and all teacher descriptions.
Registration starts on April 1st.

Preworkshop registration is open
Februar 13th, 2019
All information for the preworkshop is available and the registration is open.
See workshops

Send your designs for the T-shirt
Februar 5th, 2019
As every year we are giving one place for free at the next years Festival for the T-Shirt design. Please check the information for the competition 2019.

Send in research applications
Februar 5th, 2019
The research application details are also online Curious about your research. Look here.

Send in scholarship applications
Februar 5th, 2019
The details for the scholarship applications are updated. We are happy to receive your applications. Please send it soon. Look here

Video documentations of the last Festival available
October 3rd, 2018
The Video from Tiina Jääskö, and of the Performance and the Talk of this years Festival are online for you to watch. Check the Video-Archive

Celebration ideas for the 20th contactfestival freiburg
September 28th, 2018
Do you have ideas, questions, visions about the Festival?
We want to hear your inspirations and make it possible to have a hyper phantastic galactic visionary fratalistic celebration.
Write to us.

Teacher applications for upcoming Festival
September 28th, 2018
We are gathering till the 1st of November, teacher applications for next years Festival. Please read our conditions. http://www.contactfestival.de/english/festival/teacher.htm