Relations / Partners

PACT Relationen
Photo ©: Dirk Rose


Alongside the public strand of our programme our work encompasses many practical and theoretical exchanges, discussion formats and other diverse activities that expand on and lend visibility to the fundamental intersections between art, knowledge and society.  

Through our involvement with the local community and long-term co-operations with universities, research institutions and international networks, we are constantly developing these formats which we understand as essential resources for all our undertakings.


  • are part of the theatre network RuhrBühnen which links 11 publicly funded theatres in the Ruhr District. The network was launched on 1. October 2017 with a jointly organised tour through the region’s theatre landscape. 

  • are part of the ›Alliance of international production houses‹ (Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser) which enables us to develop resources and implement new incentives in partnership with HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), Forum Freies Theater (Dusseldorf) and tanzhaus nrw (Dusseldorf). The project is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. 

  • host the Sozialraumkonferenz (social space conference) in Essen City District vi – Zollverein made up of 125 representatives from the areas of education, social work, church and police services and initiate and collaborate on projects within the framework of the Arbeitskreis Kunst und Soziales (art and social engagement working group) such as the neighbourhood project ›Katernberg blitzt auf‹ and community space WerkStadt in Essen-Katernberg. 

  • collaborate closely with diverse cultural institutions in nrw including the nrw landesbuero tanz and the youth dance platform dynamo as well as the Cologne based Ensemble Musikfabrik.

  • cooperate with seven other cities in the region within the framework of the Tanzproduzentenkonferenz NRW in implementing the biennale festival tanz nrw

  • are a member of the network, represent Germany in the European network Aerowaves and are a partner in the international network for the development of contemporary dance in Europe, [DNA] Departures and Arrivals

  • give online insights into the practices of our current artists in residence and publish a monthly city column by our writer-in-residence Pascal Bovée.

  • follow the tour stations of our co-productions on our website.


PACT Zollverein is part of an extensive network of international and regional partners.

Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Kultur Ruhr GmbH/ Kommunalverband Ruhrgebiet
KVR Essen (D)
Kulturbüro der Stadt Essen (D)
Kunststiftung NRW (D)
Abo-Büro der Theater und Philharmonie Essen (D)
Botschaft des Staates Israel
Botschaft von Kanada (CA)
California Institute Of The Arts, Loas Angeles (USA)
DruckVerlag Kettler, Bönen / Westfalen (D)
Goethe Institut (D)
Institut Francais (F)
KulturKenner (D)
labor b designbüro, Dortmund (D)
Maritim Hotel Gelsenkirchen (D)
National Performance Network (USA)
NRWKultursekretatriat (D)
Tanzplan Deutschland (D)
Triple-x (service), Roland Orlik, Essen (D)

Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.