A project by the IGBK and the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Germany, initiated and supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

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Mobility is a central aspect of artistic work. Collecting new impressions, exchanging thoughts with colleagues abroad as well as continuously redefining one’s own position are part of the process. Thereby exhibitions and projects abroad, residencies or international guest performances are a matter of course today.

But with an increase in mobility, artists do not only face a jungle of support schemes and grants, also the need for secure information regarding social law, taxation and insurance issues or administrative procedures is growing, both, within and beyond EU borders.

Whether foreigner tax, procedure for returned goods, health insurance coverage or travel support: the information portal raises awareness and offers visual and performing artists who are working internationally profound knowledge of the topics taxation, social security, visas, customs, insurances and copyright.


Database - Helpdesk

A database of support schemes for international projects as well as checklists and sample documents etc complement the information.

In April 2013 was presented to the public. The launch of the website was accompanied by a symposium at the Radialsystem V (Berlin). In lectures and panels experts focused on issues like the granting of visas, subsidy programmes and information services.

Touring Artists2Since October 2014 there is a touring artists helpdesk, offering individual counsel to artists on international projects or working stays abroad. The touring artists helpdesk service is a cooperation of IGBK and ITI with SMartDe – Netzwerk für Kreative e.V..



Updates in 2018

Since spring 2018, the portal has also provided information specifically for artists and cultural workers from Turkey who are temporarily or permanently working in Germany or are planning to do so. Information about residence and work permit, taxes, social security, transport and customs are published here in Turkish and English.

Starting September 2018, touring artists is offering an extended helpdesk service, welcoming artists and culture professionals who were forced to leave their home countries and are now residing in Germany. The enhanced service for artists and culture professionals from countries affected by crisis is part of the project ‘International Artists Info Berlin‘ – a cooperation of ITI Germany and IGBK with SMartDe – Netzwerk für Kreative e.V. and Universität der Künste Berlin – Berlin Career College, supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin, programme ‘Weltoffenes Berlin‘.

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Workshops and events

Together with its cooperation partners IGBK organises a series of events to present the information tool to the public and to discuss single topics in detail. A selection of dates: