22. — 26.06. ⸻ 2022 → Erlangen

32. international Festival for Dance, Theater and Performance

25.06. — 13:00 → Sponselhalle
25.06. — 16:00 → Sponselhalle
25.06. — 17:00 hr → Kanapee

Whether it's yoga, contact improvisation, self-defence or awakening feel-good hormones through techno, ARENA is once again offering workshops during the festival. In addition to meeting fun people, you'll also get to know yourself better. No matter if you want to get out of your comfort zone or just feel good - come by! You can find all details here.

Looking for dancing, partying and having fun once again? ARENA is back and so are our legendary parties! A more detailed overview of the location, the DJs and the times can be found here. 

Intoxicating synth sounds, lively guitars, catchy hooks and memorable yet sensitive lyrics - that's what the six-piece band »palacity« from Nuremberg stands for. Their goal is the perfect mix of indie rock and pop, taking the hearts of their fans by storm. 

Dive with us for a week into another world full of colorful and and crazy performances! Let yourself be inspired by artists from all over the world and make new contacts with like-minded people. Eat and drink, celebrate with us, visit our social program and become a part of our ARENA family for a few days... The festival center is located in the Altstadtmarktpassage - Hauptstraße 55 - in the middle of Erlangen's old town.


Once again this year, prizes will be awarded to the invited artists in two categories. The Jury Prize will be awarded by a selected jury of experts from the regional cultural scene. The Audience Prize will be awarded by the audience via online voting.

Informationen zur Besetzung der Fachjury folgen in Kürze.

Stefan Rieger


Christine Haas

Gostner Hoftheater

Friederike Engel

Tafelhalle Nürnberg


As every year, our festival is supported by people who are enthusiastic about culture, and so we are happy about the words of greeting from our patrons with their thoughts on this year's motto. This year, too, we are grateful for the support and look positively at the cooperation with the institutions behind it.

Anke Steinert-Neuwirth

Officer for Culture, Education and Leisure

Dr. Florian Janik

Mayor of the City of Erlangen

Foto von Joachim Hornegger
Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger

President of the FAU


Are you interested in dance and theatre and do you want to look behind the scenes of a festival? Then you've come to the right place!
It doesn't matter if you can only take on one shift or if you can help us the whole week - we are looking forward to welcoming you in our team!