Biennial Contemporary Dance Fair in Düsseldorf – Internationale Tanzmesse NRW 2012

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A major forum for contemporary dance since 1994, this year’s “Tanzmesse” in Düsseldorf is preparing for increased attendance after record-breaking event in 2010 with 246 exhibitors and 1000 trade attendees from 42 countries. Many exhibitors from US and Canada already confirmed.

A magnet for contemporary dance companies, professionals and artists from all over the world since 1994.

With its winning combination of trade show and performances, the international dance fair “internationale tanzmesse nrw” has been a magnet for contemporary dance companies, professionals and artists from all over the world since 1994. The fair became a biennial event in Düsseldorf in 2002 and has since attracted a growing number of contemporary dance professionals, with the last event in 2010 being the largest ever: More than 1000 trade attendees from 42 countries came to Düsseldorf to meet with 246 dance-related organizations at 102 booths on the show floor and watch performances from 60 dance companies from 23 countries on stages in Düsseldorf and beyond over 4 days. This year’s show dates are August 29 – September 1, 2012. 243 exhibitors from 34 countries are registered at this time with a 30% increase in the number of booths compared to 2010.

Most participants at the last show were international, and the event occupied three exhibit halls for the first time. Many attendees from the US and Canada are expected, as 15 exhibitors from North America are already confirmed at this time, including US organizations American Dance Abroad (New York, NY), Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Washington, Bernard Schmidt Productions (New York, NY), Decadancetheatre (Brooklyn, NY), Dance/USA (Washington, DC), Headlong Dance Theater (Los Angeles, CA), Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), Janis Brenner & Dancers (New York, NY), Kung-Yang Lin/Dancers (Philadelphia, PA), Monique Jenkinson/ Fauxnique (San Francisco, CA), Movement Workshop Group (Brooklyn, NY), and Pentacle (New York, NY); and from Canada Prom’Art, Cas Public, and CINARS/Quebec on Stage – all from Montreal.

The exhibit takes place at the exhibit halls of “NRW Forum Kultur and Wissenschaft” (August 30-September 1), and performances are scheduled on all event days at many venues in Düsseldorf and the area, including the city’s Opera House, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Capitol Theater, tanzhaus nrw (Dance House), and NRW Forum.

Tickets are available for the entire event and for individual performances and for the trade show only.

For more information, ticket prices and purchases, contact the organizer, the Society of Contemporary Dance North Rhine-Westphalia (Gesellschaft für Zeitgenössischen Tanz NRW e.V.) by visiting

The International Dance Fair is one of several major cultural events happening in Düsseldorf this summer and fall, and the city’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials through 2013. Packages can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at Prices start at €59 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3 star hotel in the city center and at €69 per person for a 4-5 star hotel. All packages include breakfast, a Düsseldorf Welcome Card (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package.

Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit

Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit

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