Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions. If you cannot find your answer and still have questions please contact Friederike Otte (firstname.lastname@example.org).
No! Artists of any age can apply.
Anyone who has performed the act (on the application) in a contract for a German Variety theatre/dinner show/circus.
Yes, if the performance was not a long-standing contract in a German Variety theatre/dinner show/circus. Festival participations and/or gala shows do not count. However, all previous performances need to be mentioned in the application form.
Yes, as long as it has never been performed in Germany. Previous contracts need to be mentioned in the application form.
Former participants can apply again as long as it is a completely different act.
Yes, through the online form.
Applications are accepted from the 18th October, 2017 until the 18th of April, 2018.
Minimum is: four minutes.
Maximum is: six minutes.
To offer each artist a fair chance and to calculate show length, acts longer than six minutes will not be accepted to the Festival.
Front view (audience perspective) is most appropriate.
Since we have not seen your act live, it is important the video show us exactly what you would present at the festival. Full act, from beginning to end. Having an audience is not required.
Edits, additional camera angles or effects that make the video more "beautiful" are not helpful.
Act trailers or demo videos are not aceepted. Your application will be rejected.
That is not a problem and we understand this circumstance. You may film in a training space as long as act and music are the same. If you have costumes, they should be worn for the video. Take care to use a well lit space and a constrasting background.
The only exception are comedy acts. In that case, we highly recommend performances filmed in front of live audience with the original sound.
For security and insurance reasons, artists are responsible for providing their own rigging material (carabiner, rope etc,). However, we are happy to support you if you have any questions about the optimal materials and to send you our technical rider with information about the theater rigging options.
Yes, we can provide a crash mat with the following measurements:
length 1.95m, width 1.22m, height 0.30m
If a smaller or bigger mat is required, the artist(s) needs to bring it.
In our technical rider: Download
For further questions, you can contact us or include a technical draft to your application.
It is also possible to perform in the middle of the theatre above the audience where there are additional rigging points. They offer considerably more height than the stage rigging. Please see our technical rider for details.
Festival participants (the artists) are responsible for installing their own equipment. A technician will be present to assist and a ladder will be made available to use, but otherwise, it is the artist's responsibility.
Your music MUST be provided to the sound technician on a USB stick.
We will not accept iphones, ipods, downloads, hard drives or any other transfer device.
The theater will cover some of the travel costs for artists selected to be in the Festival. The amount can be found in our participant information.
The travel costs will only be paid as a reimbursement once the artist has arrived and the festival has started. Therefore, your travel receipt is essential.
Here is a list of the countries required and not required to have a Visa to come to Germany.
Please note that you do not need a Work Permit, only permission to enter (as a tourist).
The visa costs are paid by the artist. However, we will help you with organization.
We understand that travel expenses can be very expensive, especially if you come from far away. Unfortunately it is not possible cover any equipment transportation cost above what is already stated in the participant information. We are happy to suggest alternative or cheaper solutions from our experience as a performance theater.
You will live in an accommodation within walking distance of the theatre or in the artist apartments directly above the theater. Solo artists may share bedrooms with other artists from the festival. Duos will stay in one room.
The accomodation cost is fully covered by the Festival.
Yes, there will be three meals per day in the theatre. The costs for catering will be carried by the Festival.
No. The aim of the Newcomershow is to present new artists and extraordinary performances to the German Variety scene and allow artists to establish careers in Germany. Therefore, the prizes are contract-offers with well-known German Variety theatres. This represents substantial financial value and a priceless experience. A list of awards from last year's show can be found here.
Further questions and information about the organization of the festival you can find in our information sheet: Download