East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Internationale Tanzmesse Festival for Contemporary Dance, 31 Aug – 3 Sept 2016



The internationale tanzmesse is a biennial international marketplace and festival for contemporary dance. At the Tanzmesse international dance companies and artists present their work live on stage and choreographers, dancers, agencies, presenters and cultural institutions find a platform for networking.

The internationale tanzmesse nrw hosts the largest professional gathering dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance. Theinternationale tanzmesse nrw takes place every two years, generally at the end of August, in Düsseldorf, Germany.

What we value

International cooperation

At the Tanzmesse, artists from more than 50 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia find an equal opportunity to present their work to a professional audience. The Tanzmesse is an event dedicated to contemporary dance without any specific geographical focus.

Informal networking

The Tanzmesse functions through encounters between Professional Visitors and Exhibitors in the Tanzmesse Exhibition Halls. We value and encourage networking above all else. This means that Tanzmesse participants can find many opportunities to meet their peers and colleagues in an environment where everybody is on the same level: in the Exhibition Halls, at the Talks & Panels and at the Open Studios, but also after the performances at the night-meeting encounters.

Open mindedness


All forms of contemporary dance formats, personalities and organisations are welcome and expected at Tanzmesse. As an event that brings together over 1,600 professionals, you will meet people with whom you have a lot in common. We encourage you, whether you are a new or a long-time attendee, to not only arrange meetings before you arrive, but also leave a lot of space in your agenda for the unexpected… this is the best chance to leave the Tanzmesse with fruitful cooperation plan.


To find pout more about the program, pleaae visit the internationale tanzmesse website.