Cultural Education

Kindergruppe mit Lehrer genießt gemeinsamen Schauspielunterricht

The framework concept for cultural education has existed in Berlin since 2008, especially for children and young people, who ought to be participating actively and independently in the cultural life in our city.

Berlin framework concept for cultural education

The framework concept for cultural education defines the central areas of activity for cultural education in the State of Berlin. Based on progress reports, the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe regularly inform the Berlin House of Representatives about the results of the implementation of the framework concept.

Progress reports: Implementation of the framework concept for cultural education

In addition to explanatory notes about the areas of activity and special focal points, the reports provide information about the ongoing development of the framework concept for cultural education from 2008 (Berlin Senate on behalf of the Berlin House of Representatives).

Positions on cultural education

The Berlin cultural education think tank has developed a position paper in which it recommends deepening and embedding cultural education in all educational areas and in children’s and youth work.

Cultural education should be strengthened in early childhood as well as in training and research at universities and become an integral part of an interdisciplinary curriculum. Children and young people should be supported in their responsibility and personal activity and should be more involved in the design of cultural projects.

The think tank was appointed by the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science and the Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs to further develop the framework concept for cultural education in Berlin. The cross-departmental working group responsible for the framework concept will now deal intensively with the position paper and include other experts. As a result of the think tank’s work, a revised framework concept will emerge, which will then be presented to the House of Representatives.

Cooperation between schools and extracurricular institutions

Berlin’s Senator for Education Sandra Scheeres and the chairman of the “Landesvereinigung Kulturelle Jugendbildung Berlin e.V.” (State Association for Cultural Youth Education Berlin (LKJ)) created the formal basis for a stronger cooperation between Berlin schools and youth cultural institutions on 16 August 2012 with the signing of a corresponding framework agreement.

JuKuBi - Youth cultural centres in district educational networks

Since June 2018 the State Association for Cultural Youth Education Berlin has once again been coordinating the “JuKuBi” project and is further developing this model of interdisciplinary and inter-agency exchange in the area of cultural education.

The focal points in the second round are:
  • Networking and exchange of ideas between members,
  • Structural support,
  • Professional qualification and
  • Financial support for cultural children’s and youth work in district educational networks.

This project is funded by the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family. The JuKuBi project was funded by the Cultural Education Project Fund from 2011 to 2013.

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Cultural agents for creative schools

A total of 30 primary and secondary schools are taking part in the model programme “Cultural Agents for Creative Schools” in Berlin. The aim of the programme is to inspire children and young people for art and culture and to enable them to participate in the arts.

For this purpose, three schools form a network that is accompanied by a cultural agent. The cultural agents will assist the schools in incorporating cultural education permanently in everyday school life and establishing cooperation with cultural institutions. Opportunities, formats and locations for engaging with the arts will be created in collaboration with teachers who are responsible for cultural education as well as artists and cultural institutions.

The Berlin cultural agent programme is coordinated by the Berlin regional office of the German Children’s and Youth Foundation. The Berlin regional office will be taking on the professional support of the cultural agents, among other tasks.

More information at:

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Kubinaut - Cultural Education Navigation

The online platform Kubinaut – Cultural Education Navigation is the central point of contact for cultural education in Berlin. Whether a cultural institution, youth work facility, school, day care centre, artist or young person: here they have an opportunity to present their own work, to look for partners or participants for a project or to offer rooms and other services.

Anyone interested in creative work by and with young people can register on Kubinaut and publish their own dates, projects, advertisements or profiles there free of charge. The numerous offerings can be filtered by district, time period, format and category such as theatre, museum or circus.
In addition, interviews and specialist articles are published and news about cultural education and information on funding opportunities and competitions are shared.

Kubinaut also organises events for the training and networking of stakeholders from cultural education and youth work.

Kubinaut is a project of the Foundation for Cultural Continuing Education and Cultural Counselling and the State Association for Cultural Youth Education Berlin. The project is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family.

Further information at:

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Berlin Project Fund for Cultural Education

The Berlin Project Fund for Cultural Education provides a total of at least 2,930,000 euros annually for cultural projects with children, adolescents and young adults up to the age of 27. Individuals, groups, associations or institutions can apply for funding for cultural education projects in which young people deal artistically with issues that concern them. The participants help determine the project and its development and are artistically active themselves.

Cooperative projects are funded by at least one partner from the field of art and culture and at least one partner from the field of education or youth – for example, an artist works with a school or a youth club.

The Berlin Project Fund for Cultural Education is part of the Foundation for Cultural Continuing Education and Cultural Counselling and is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Further information at:

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Kulturprojekte Berlin (“Berlin Cultural Projects”) is a state-owned company for promoting, networking and conveying culture. As a partner for Berlin culture and the State of Berlin, the company designs and organises complex cultural projects and city-wide initiatives, e.g., the Long Night of Museums, Berlin Art Week, the Berlin exhibition in the Humboldt Forum and theme years on contemporary history, memorial days and anniversaries. It is also the sponsor of venues and festivals and provides services for museums and other cultural institutions in the city.
Kulturprojekte Berlin deals intensively with questions of conveying art and culture and connects Berlin-wide stakeholders, initiatives and projects in this field. Together with partners like GRIPS, TANZZEIT, ERZÄHLZEIT, TUSCH and TUKI, Kulturprojekte Berlin has established the baroque palace Podewil, the headquarters of the company, as a central location for cultural education in Berlin. As part of the series of events Wild Palace, the foyer in Podewil regularly becomes a stage for dance battles, performances, storytelling or debates on current topics. It regularly hosts state-wide, nationwide and international cultural education festivals, e.g., the festival for very young viewers FRATZ and the FESTIVAL OF THEATRE FOR A YOUNG AUDIENCE AUGENBLICK MAL!

Kulturprojekte Berlin also supports theoretical discourse and regularly opens its doors to discussions, workshops and conferences on all aspects of cultural education, thus bringing science and practice together.

Further information at:

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TUSCH Theatre and School Berlin

TUSCH Berlin is a cooperative network for cultural education that mediates three-year partnerships between Berlin schools and theatres and supports them organisationally, financially and in terms of content.

TUSCH encourages an exchange of information and experience in order to promote continuous cooperation between schools and theatres. The three-year TUSCH partnership thrives on the diverse and intensive points of contact between a school and a theatre: various theatre projects and activities convey theatre to the students as an art form, space of experience, institution and workplace.

The artistic results of the partnership projects are presented at the annual TUSCH Festival in the Palais Podewil.

Are you interested in TUSCH?

Schools of all types can apply again for a TUSCH partnership. The TUSCH cooperation thrives on diverse and intense points of contact: jointly developed theatre projects, visits to the theatre and rehearsals, discussions with artists, getting to know theatre professions and much more.


Schools that have already had a TUSCH partnership can apply for TUSCH PLUS.

Further information on applying can be found at

Inclusive Theatre Work

The Inclusive Theatre Work network was founded under the umbrella of TUSCH Berlin, which would like to incorporate a mutual exchange and networking and the embedding of inclusive thinking and inclusive theatre work more firmly in schools.

Unter dem Dach von TUSCH Berlin wurde das Netzwerk Inklusive Theaterarbeit gegründet, das einen gegenseitigen Austausch, eine Vernetzung und die Verankerung inklusiven Denkens und inklusiver Theaterarbeit stärker in Schulen verankern möchte.

TUSCH³ starting in 2021/22

What is TUSCH³? With TUSCH³ inclusive TUSCH partnership is to be initiated for the first time: a school with special educational needs, a regular school (all school types) and a Berlin theatre will enter into close cooperation with one another over a period of three years.

The RambaZamba Theater – a professional theatre with an inclusive ensemble – will act as a partner theatre in the TUSCH³ model project. Any school in Berlin will be able to apply in which a committed team of teachers would like to participate in an inclusive theatre and school partnership and in which responsible and reliable contact persons will maintain contact within the TUSCH network.

  • Reinventing cooperation

    Thoughts on the further development of the cooperative project TUSCH – Theatre and School

    PDF-Document (415.5 kB)

Musical weeks of the Berlin schools

School music requires committed teachers, interested and motivated students, supportive school administrators and of course stages and an audience.

The events of the Music Weeks offer students the opportunity to publicly show their skills. School choirs, orchestras, instrumental groups, dance ensembles, wind sections and other music ensembles from Berlin primary schools, integrated secondary schools and Gymnasiums will again be presented at concerts and events.

Participate, listen and watch
It is a great experience for most of the students involved to stand on the stage of the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic or to make music or dance with many other young people in the Schöneberg sports hall.

In order to take part in the musical weeks, the schools develop their own programmes and practice pieces of music and dances that are then performed jointly by students from different schools.