A trade fair for stage productions, music and events

The Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg (IKF) is a trade fair for stage productions, music and events with live performances by artists and an extensive exhibition area. First held in 1989 at the Bürgerhaus Seepark convention centre, the IKF has been at home since 2001 on the Messe Freiburg exhibition grounds.

The fundamental idea of the IKF was and is as simple as it is compelling. Promoters, producers and event professionals have the opportunity at the IKF to experience numerous different productions and artists live in a concentrated form over the course of just a few days. At the same time, the artists themselves or the agencies representing them can introduce themselves with a stand in the exhibition hall, regardless of whether they are also presenting a live performance.

The winners of the FREIBURGER LEITER 2023 have been selected!

Performing Arts - William Wahl | Street Theater  - Tridiculous | Music - Tante Friedl
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IKF as a springboard for artists

The IKF is a trade fair and international industry event, not a festival. This means that artists have to apply for a live performance if they want to present themselves at the IKF. Selection committees, whose members change each year, choose the artists who will perform. Only those applications that have been submitted are eligible for consideration. In addition, the juries also select the artists and groups who can be chosen by the audience as winners of the IKF Prize, the FREIBURGER LEITER.

Applications for a live-performance can only be submitted online via the application form in the IKF Lounge. For the Performing Arts, Music and Street Theatre sections, applications are no longer possible as the deadline was 08 July and 15 September 2022. 


world music, jazz, pop, rock, a cappella, singer-songwriter...


Performing Arts

theatre, acrobatics, variety, storytelling, cirque nouveau, cabaret, comedy, puppet theatre, pantomime...

Street Theatre

performances, walk acts, installations, interactive exhibitions...


Seeing and being seen

Exhibitors who would like to present themselves at the IKF can register now via the website. Numerous international exhibitors from the sectors of artists' and event agencies, technical and service companies for culture and events, as well as associations and trade media will be presenting themselves in the exhibition halls.
The majority of IKF visitors are trade visitors: Promoters, agencies, event professionals, festival organisers, producers.

This means that agencies and artists meet a high percentage of top-level decision-makers and potential business partners here.

IKF in pictures

Get your own picture of the IKF and discover the diversity of the International Culture Fair with a virtual tour in our picture gallery.


Save the date(s)

36th IKF 2024:
21. - 24. Jan 2024


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