Dance from Scotland delegation at INTERNATIONAL TANZMESSE nrw 2024 

Deadline: 27.05.2024
Published: 01.05.2024

The Work Room, supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, is again co-ordinating a Scottish presence at Internationale tanzmesse nrw, which is taking place in Düsseldorf from 28th –31st August. Working alongside partners Fabric and National Dance Company of Wales, we will be part of a co-ordinated UK presence at the international showcase.  

internationale tanzmesse nrw is organised by nrw landesbuero tanz and is the largest professional meeting for contemporary dance. As a forum for exchange, knowledge transfer and networking, the Tanzmesse is an important meeting place for international dance creators. Every two years at the end of August, up to 1,500 international exhibitors and visitors come together in Düsseldorf to present a broad spectrum of aesthetic expression and artistic practices. 
You can read more about International tanzmesse nrw on the internationale tanzmesse website. 

Dance from Scotland Delegation 

We will support 6 bursaries places for independent dance artists or producers to attend the event, see work, take part in discussion events and network with international peers and colleagues. As part of the Dance from Scotland delegation, you will be connected with our space within the Agora exhibition space and participate in coordinated activities.  

The bursaries will include: 

  • Return travel from Scotland to Düsseldorf (where feasible we will encourage slow travel). Delegates will likely arrive in Düsseldorf on 27th August and return to Scotland on the 1st September. 
  • Accommodation in Düsseldorf (and on route if choosing slow travel) 
  • Registration as an exhibitor attendant with the Dance from Scotland booth 
  • An honorarium of £800 for all commitments related to this offer (preparation, travel days, active attendance at Tanzmesse and participation in evaluation) 
  • Per diems x 5 days @ £30 per day 


  • The funded places are targeted at those who have some experience of working internationally and would be able to make the most of attending Tanzmesse to build on this. To be eligible for this opportunity you must; 
  • Be a dance artist or dance producer working independently in a freelance capacity, based in and making work in Scotland; 
  • Demonstrate your interest in working internationally; 
  • have created at least one work that you can refer to and have some experience of touring; (or the artist/s you are representing must fit this criteria) 
  • be committed to actively taking part in the Dance from Scotland events at Tanzmesse, including preparation and evaluation  

Please click on the link below to the call out document for details on how to apply - closing date is Monday 27 May at midnight. 

Call Out Document 

Selection Process: 

Applications will be reviewed, and final decisions made by a panel including a representatives from The Work Room and Creative Scotland along with those who have previously attended Tanzmesse 

You will hear a decision by Friday 7 June.  

If you are not intending to apply for this bursary but have plans to attend Tanzmesse as part of the Dance from Scotland delegation, please email to let us know by the end of June 
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Dance artists and Dance producers based in England, you can find the  Dance from England call out on Fabric's website.