in the field 2021: A Wiener Festwochen scholarship programme in co-operation with brut Wien

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In the Field is a programme aimed at students and at prospective artists and cultural workers. Over a two-week period, 25 scholarship recipients will be able to accompany the Wiener Festwochen and seize the opportunity of the festival as a research topic and field of practice. The group will get to attend performances and rehearsals, talk with artists and experts in the field, acquaint themselves with production processes, and discuss their impressions within the group.

For its second edition, In the Field is focusing on transregional networking. The application is open to participants who live in Vienna as well as in an extended geographical radius around the city, regardless of provincial or national borders. The Wiener Festwochen represent a forum for multidisciplinary works that is international in scope yet firmly anchored in the city. The festival is ideally suited for a collaborative, many-voiced reflection on contemporary artistic practices. Daily meetings and agenda items are drawn up and staged in co-operation with brut Wien, a leading production space for Vienna’s independent performing arts scene, and mentored by Vienna-based artist Stefanie Sourial.

The focus of the discussions within the group, with the mentor and the invited artists, will be on the artistic positions on show at the festival. Another aspect will consist of discussing the issues raised by a festival as ‘exceptional setting’. What new contexts of meaning does such a concentration of artistic works open up? What spaces can these temporary communities create?

Through these exchanges with the artistic and organisational teams of the Wiener Festwochen and brut Wien, In the Field offers a practical insight into the structures and working methods of the cultural and festival sector.


Time frame 15 to 30 May 2021

The talks will be held in English.

Mentor Stefanie Sourial (performance artist & lecturerat the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

Programme Coordinator Eva Wolfesberger (associate curator, brut Wien)

The In the Field programme is free of charge for scholarship recipients and includes tickets for selected performances at the Wiener Festwochen.

For ten participants who are not resident in Vienna, the scholarship also includes accommodation in single rooms at our partner hotel The Student Hotel and expenses for travel to and from Vienna by train, up to a total amount of EUR 200.

The programme is aimed at students from a wide range of disciplines and at aspiring artists and cultural workers with an interest in the performing arts and festival practices. 15 places will be awarded to applicants resident in Vienna. 10 places will be assigned to applicants from the extended region, including the federal provinces and neighbouring countries. (Guideline: applicants ordinarily resident within a 300 km airline radius around Vienna)


Application deadline 14 February 2021

Documents A short CV and a motivational letter stating the reasons why participation in the In the Field programme is relevant to, or enriching for, your research, education or practice, plus a description of the perspective you are able to contribute to the group discussions. (approx. 2,000 characters, in German or English)

Documents to be emailed as PDFs to

Notifications will be sent out as of 22 February 2021

If you have any questions, please contact:

Diana Costa,

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