Common Stories — Common LAB

Here is a review of the first year of the EU-funded international project COMMON STORIES. africologne is a project partner in Germany.


Our Open Call for the Common LAB 2024 in Lisbon, Portugal | Bobigny, France | Maputo, Mosambic | Bruxelles, Belgium in the time between June and November 2024 is now closed.


We will invite 8 theatre directors, playwrights, choreographers and performance makers to take part in Common LAB 2023, an itinerant 8-week laboratory to experiment with collective and individual devices for knowledge sharing, and the development of artistic research, broadening European narratives.


Deadline : 10th December 2023


Common stories is developed by Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, MC93, Bobigny (FR), Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Brussels (BEL), Alkantara, Culturgest, Lisbon (PT), africologneFESTIVAL, Cologne (GER), Riksteatern, Stockholm (SWE), in association with TR Warszawa, Warsaw (PL), Orient Productions – DCAF Festival, Cairo (EG), CulturArte, Maputo (MOZ), Les Récréâtrales, Ouagadougou (BF), cofunded by the Creative Europe Programme.


africologneFESTIVAL took place in Cologne from 1 thru 11 June 2023. The next festival edition will be in 2025.


africologne presents African Theater, dance, performance, media art, music and dramatic literature. There are Q&A's after the representations as well as German subtitles. The venue Alte Feuerwache was again the festival center.


Author Marie Yan reported daily from the festival. Here is the link to our cooperation partner Plateforme, where you can read all the articles.


Festival-Trailer by Marie Köhler.


The tickets could be found in the German version of the program 2023, by clicking on the production and then the dates. You were then autmatically guided to the ticketing website.


africologne is among others funded by :  die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Stadt Köln, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutscher Übersetzerfonds/ NEUSTART KULTUR, Auswärtiges Amt, Kunststiftung NRW, RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur, Sparkasse Köln-Bonn, Kunstsalon Stiftung as well as by private sponsors; supported by NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Gastspielförderung Theater, funded by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, as well as Kultur- und Kunstministerien der Länder and supported by the Institut français and the French Ministery for Culture.