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13. – 19.09.2021

the festivalground of Protagon e.V. is open for you

Wed. till Fri. from 5 pm
Sat. and Sun. from 4 pm

We are happy to welcome you all to the International Womxn Theater Festival in Frankfurt am Main!

This year, our festival celebrates its 5th anniversary and we will realize an empowering space for womxn in the Performing Arts in Hessen for another year in a row.

The IWTF is part of the Magdalena Project, a dynamic intercultural network that crosses borders and generations. It is an international
platform for the stage work of womxn, a forum for critical discussions and a source of support, inspiration and joint further education
in the Performing Arts.

Based on this year‘s topic, „Womxn Performing Selves“, we therefore invite womxn artists and groups to meet in presence from September 13th-19th. To this end, I have curated a program that provides us with a space for our voices and our artistic productions in the current situation in which womxns‘ rights are being threatened again around the world.

The IWTF 2021 invites us to uncover buried historical knowledge and the power hidden within it in our bodies. Bringing it out into the open as a ritual is part of this year‘s performances, through which witches, womxn magicians, and other repressed antecedents of today‘s feminists will be speaking.

As theater makers, we are visionary people. We can create new realities and other worlds with our art. Now, womxn are the protagonists of this revolutionary process, here we are writing a new
history – in our lives and in art!

Bárbara Luci Carvalho
Artistic Director

Welcome to the International Womxn Theater Festival – a feminist event for everyone!

The barrier-free access to the festival area as well as the theater events, performances and other cultural activities are financed by donations (pay as you wish).

Food and drinks are provided at the get-togethers in the evenings at the bar with musical accompaniment by bands and DJ*anes under the open sky.

The workshops are open as a safe space for all interested womxn and girlz and are financed by a participation fee. Information about registration and the hygiene concept can be found on our website.

This year, the festival is also present with performances throughout the public space in the city.

There will also be regular live streaming of the performances on the performance days from September 15th-19th, 2021. Access to streaming as well as the detailed program can also be found here on our website.


from Rosemarie Heilig, Head of Department for Women and the Environment

and from Gabriele Wenner, Head of the Women‘s Department of the City of Frankfurt

We are women* of all colours and ages as well as different preferences and values. Despite all diversity, we have one thing in common: the decision to fully occupying our female body, to re-create it and to question the social structures that have been forced upon it. A body that needs to be more empowered, loved and respected, free to move and discover the power to express itself as a political space.

About us


Thank you for your numerous applications for the International Womxns’  Theatre Festival 2021, we are overwhelmed by so many great feminist ideas! Our cultural event sees itself as a platform for active exchange and networking for more visibility of theatre makers and issues. Even if......

The European project “Women Performing Europe – The Magdalena Project Across Borders” was launched at the International Womxns‘ Theatre Festival last year. Until 2022, our association protagon – Freunde und Förderer freier Theateraktion e.V. works together with Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium/Odin Teatret (Denmark), Teatro Nucleo (Italy) and......

Making feminist sounds and tones perceptible on the protagon e.V. cultural grounds under the open sky with live musicians and DJanes, that is our idea of a cultural summer that clearly belongs to the platform of the International Womxns’ Theatre Festival. Last year we had......

New this year: Making visible 2021! In places of togetherness, diversity and respect for difference, we will experiment with theatre and get in touch with each other on the theme of “Womxn Performing Selves”. For this, we are looking for your artistic works in public......

Our Artistic Director Bárbara Luci Carvalho was awarded on 26.06.2021 in the category “Aushalten. Durchhalten. Standhalten. Die Momente, durch die es weiter geht” (Endure. Endure. Stand firm. The moments through which it goes on) as part of the Hessian Theatre Days 2021. “For her outstanding......

Deadline extension: 15.07.2021 The fifth International Womxn’s Theatre Festival (13 – 19.09.2021) in Frankfurt am Main invites all womxn to share their positions and perspectives of artistic work on this year’s theme “Womxn Performing Selves” within the festival. Artists can now propose their research, productions......

14.02.2021 V-Day – One Billion Rising: A great initiative for the international day of action! We took part. With dance, language and gestures, many institutions show their solidarity and protest against violence against women* and girls* in the short film. Info at: https://frankfurt.de/…/fra…/aktuelles/v-day-ankuendigung...

for Portuguese speaking women, trans and non-binary persons Friday, 23.10.2020 at 18:00 In this workshop we want to deal with the political history of Samba and use our own bodies to let the resistant practice of dance and the rhythm from Bahia become effective in......

I am more than happy to know that Barbara’s International Womyns’ Theatre Festival is happening and on behalf of The Magdalena Project, International Network of Women in Contemporary Theatre. I sincerely hope that everyone involved, artists, organisors, technicians and audiences have a truly rewarding experience. In......

Thank you very much for the numerous, great applications for the International Womyns’ Theatre Festival 2020. The decision has been made, the line-up is ready. For those of you who we unfortunately could not include in our selection due to our capacities: Those interested in......


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