ACKER STADT PALAST - Stage for contemporary music theatre, contemporary dance, performance, theatre and new music.
The Acker Stadt Palast in Berlin's Mitte district is a place where established artists and newcomers meet to experiment and reflect upon contemporary discourses. The focus of the venue, established in 2012, is on the connection between contemporary dance and new music. The Acker Stadt Palast offers the independent sector a novel interface between these art forms while also being interested in diverse aesthetic forms of dance and theatre.
The house where the Acker Stadt Palace is located has a special history:
A place in the backyard of a former chocolate factory (1881 - 1971), which was used in the 1930s as a home for the Hitler Youth and where in the GDR the VEB Kombinat Firma SERO (secondary raw materials) bought up bottles, paper, scrap metal and later also plastics for recycling. In 1991 the building, which had become empty in the meantime, was occupied by activists and artists and is today one of the last self-organised housing and cultural projects in the gentrified centre. Over the past twenty-five years, the Spandauer Vorstadt and the Scheunenviertel have been affected by restructuring and displacement like hardly any other neighbourhood in Berlin. Today's Schoko-Laden e. V. and the Acker Stadt Palast are also located in the legendary Ackerstraße, which was divided by two nationalised ideologies and a wall until 1989 and has since split up again into different social milieus of the residents (Wedding/Mitte) and sub-societies.
In 1990 artists occupied the former chocolate factory on Ackerstraße. Between 1993 and 2012, a bitter struggle raged over the building with the new owner.
Despite or because of the difficult times, when it had to assert itself against "investors and owners", under these conditions it was able to become the free-spirited cultural space that it is today. The project was secured thanks to the support of the Berlin Senate and the Edith Marion Foundation.
The Acker Stadt Palast is the venue of the non-profit registered association Freie Bühne Mitte. Thanks to the Edith Maryon Foundation the theatre's existence is guaranteed by an unlimited rental contract with the residential and cultural project "Golden Acker e.V.", a rare situation for a cultural project in Berlin-Mitte.
Der Acker Stadt Palast wird durch den Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa gefördert.
Dank an das Programm NEUSTART KULTUR kann der Acker Stadt Palast die nötige Hygiene-Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung des Covid19 bei Präsenz-Veranstaltungen durchführen sowie streamings tätigen.