ITI - Germany
German Centre Of The International Theatre Institute

Touring Artists

Touring artists, an information portal for artists working internationally, provides comprehensive information on  visas/residence,  transport/customs,  taxes,  social security, other  insurances, and  copyright.

Through a joint project of the German centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) and the  Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK; English: International Association of Art (IAA) in Germany), these topics have been examined for both the performing arts and the visual arts. touring artists primarily maps the circumstances, legal regulations, and administrative procedures in Germany – for foreign artists who work here temporarily and for German artists or artists who live in Germany and who work abroad for a limited time. It also considers the perspective of Germany-based organizers.

The website is available in English and German.

The project Touring Artists is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

touring artists free helpdesk service

The touring artists helpdesk service is a cooperation of IGBK and ITI with SMartDe - Netzwerk für Kreative e.V. (

Helpdesk service in Berlin
The helpdesk service offers individual consultations by the staff of SMartDe in Berlin. Focussing on your projects, individual questions and solutions, advice is provided on the information available at touring artists and further questions regarding the cross-border mobility.

For an individual consultation in Berlon, please make an appointment by email beratung[at] The service is free of charge.

Telephone consultation
Those who do not have the opportunity to make use of the helpdesk service in Berlin can make an appointment for a consultation on the telephone. 

Please send your request also by email to beratung[at] This service is also free of charge.