The Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg (IKF)... 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.

Important: 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.

It is currently possible to apply to the IKF with live performances in the following categories:

  • Performing arts (theatre, acrobatics, variety, storytelling, cirque nouveau, cabaret, comedy, puppet theatre, pantomime, dance, media art, etc.)
  • Music (world music, jazz, a cappella, singer-songwriter, pop, rock…)
  • Street theatre (performances and walkabout acts)

You can register as an IKF exhibitor via the IKF website. The majority of the exhibitors at the IKF come from the following industries: Artist and event agencies, technical systems and service providers involved in culture and events, associations and trade press.

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.


The FREIBURGER LEITER is the prize of IKF. It is awarded during the trade fair in the categories performing arts, street theatre and music.

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The selection committees

The members of the juries discuss with a high degree of professional competence, passion and fairness and then select those artists & ensembles for a showcase at the upcoming IKF from all the applications received.

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A look back

…on the past IKF years. See for yourself.

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Save the date(s)

34th IKF 2022
23. – 26. Jan 2022

35th IKF 2023:
22. - 25. Jan 2023


Everything you need to know about getting to Messe Freiburg.
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