WHAT DO WE OPEN UP FOR; WHAT DO WE CLOSE OURSELVES OFF FROM? The Volksbühne is the theatrical embodiment of a city and its divided history. The yardstick of freedom and its absence have always been different here. Driven by a vision of an open, cosmopolitan community we are emphatically dedicated to the founding motto with which the Volksbühne has been advancing the transformation of theatre since the beginning of the 20th century: Art for the people. Do we see ourselves as Germans, Europeans or cosmopolitans – that is the question we want to ask. Future versus past, avant-garde versus tradition, spoken theatre versus performance and dance. Thinking in this dialectic of negatively weighted concepts – that is not something we are interested in. The Volksbühne is an URBAN THEATRE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES: Accustomed to historical and aesthetic upheavals it embraces new challenges. It should function like a membrane – gathering theatre, dance, performance, music, cinema, visual arts and digital cultures under one roof.