Purpose and strategy

The purpose of the Development Platform for the Performing Arts is to develop and upskill the independent performing arts throughout Denmark. We define the free and independent performing arts as individuals, collectives and companies who work professionally with performance and primarily for and with independent performance groups, project supported companies, and lesser established theatres. Often without permanent access to a stage or a venue

We achieve this through our areas of action:

  1. Improving the production conditions for the independent performing arts
  2. Strengthening entrepreneurship and internationalisation in the independent performing arts
  3. Increasing cohesion and collaboration in the field of Danish performing arts
  4. Increasing the recognition of the independent performing arts

We work to improve the production terms for the free and independent field of performing arts by offering access to time in space for artistic development, critical feedback on professional processes from industry peers, sparring with colleagues, and matchmaking of competencies and resources. We act as a mediator for “best practice” methods and develop tools for performance arts producers, – administrators, and self-producing artists that we pass on through industry seminars and our digital toolbox UPGRADE.

We facilitate knowledge sharing and collaborations across performing arts groups, theatres, institutions, and sectors both nationally and internationally. As a result of this, we host seminars, workshops, and networking events year-round across the country. Learn more about our activities here.

We offer individual career guidance and upskilling through our mentor programme and strategic support through our strategic guidance programme. Through peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, we strengthen performing artists’ and producers’ professional skills within the areas of internationalisation, entrepreneurship, and organisational development.
Initiatives and activities are often presented in close collaboration with peers in the performing arts industry. See a list of our collaborators here. 

The Development Platform for the Performing Arts was established in 2016 with support from Bikubenfonden and The Danish Arts Foundation. The Development Platform for the Performing Arts currently operates within the second grant period (2020-2024) with support from Bikubenfonden and the Danish Arts Foundation.


The Development Platform for the Performing Arts is a member of IETM.