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40. Theatre Meeting
for young audience
01.–08. June 2O24

Maschinenhaus Essen

The Festival

WESTWIND is one of the most renowned theatre festivals for young audiences nationwide. It is hosted by a different NRW theatre each year. In addition to a selection of NRW productions, the festival features international guest performances and an extensive programme of accompanying events including workshops, panels and discussions.

This year´s host


This year´s host

WESTWIND 2024 from 1 to 8 June 2024

The 40th edition of WESTWIND festival will be hosted by Maschinenhaus in Essen


In cooperation with Schauspiel Essen

Known as the Theatre of Generations to Come, Maschinenhaus Essen is delighted to host Westwind festival in 2024 for the first time! As a production venue for independent ensembles and artists, Maschinenhaus can already be considered a host par excellence. With no permanent ensemble and no artistic director of its own, both the team and the venue are used to adapting to their guests’ unique needs and specifications.

The task of bundling an array of wonderfully diverse and exciting artistic contributors into one relatively harmonious experience – in the large brick hall and surrounding park of the former Carl colliery – ties in directly with the profile of Maschinenhaus and is sure to make it shine. For Maschinenhaus Essen offers the greatest possible freedom of unique exploration and discovery – whether for professionals, audiences, experts, children, adults or anyone eager to experience, create and shake things up. We invite everyone to join us!

Maschinenhaus Essen is delighted to be cooperating with Schauspiel Essen and its new artistic directors, Selen Kara and Christina Zintl, who are opening up their theatre to Westwind right at the beginning of their very first season.

The festival will take place from 1 to 8 June 2024

The review period is from 14 August 2023 to 4 February 2024

The application deadline is 29 October 2023


Members of the festival selection committee: Dr Tülay Altun, Mansur Ajang and Till Beckmann

Dr Tülay Altun

Tülay Altun is a teacher at Gesamtschule Essen Nord as well as a researcher in the fields of linguistic education and multilingualism, educational success and migration at the Institute for German and Comparative Literature of the University of Paderborn.

Mansur Ajang

Mansur Ajang is a performer, director and coach for refugees. From the 2023/24 season, Mansur Ajang will be an ensemble member at Schauspiel Essen.

Till Beckmann

Till Beckmann has worked as an actor, director and writer since 2006, preferably of works for young audiences. Since 2022, he has been part of Maschinenhaus Essen’s team of directors.


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