Artistic Director Rainer Hofmann will leave SPRING in summer 2021. He will take the position of head of dramaturgy at Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen in Hannover.
Rainer Hofmann leaves after more than 10 years as director at SPRING and Huis en Festival a/d Werf. Hofmann began in 2010 as artistic director at Huis en Festival a/d Werf where he shaped the last two editions of the festival. In 2013 Festival a/d Werf merged with Springdance Festival and Hofmann became artistic director of the new SPRING Performing Arts Festival. He gave SPRING a strong signature by putting the focus on innovation in contemporary performing arts and by programming artists who work on politically relevant topics.
Tanja Mlaker, head of the Supervisory Board of Stichting SPRING about the leave of Rainer Hofmann: „The board is very grateful to Rainer Hofmann for his many years of commitment. He connected many ground-breaking artists with the festival and has expanded its international networks and reputation. With his visionary and inspired leadership, he strengthened the position of SPRING, which had received praising evaluations for its subsidy plan for the years 2021 – 2024.”
Rainer Hofmann: „After more than 10 years at SPRING and Huis en Festival a/d Werf, it was time for me to find a new position. The years in Utrecht have been (and still are) rewarding, often challenging, sometimes hard, always exciting. I could work with a great team and together we developed SPRING into a leading festival for contemporary performing arts. This was possible only with the outstanding artists, who we could present in Utrecht. I am looking forward to my last edition of SPRING in 2021 and to a new adventure at Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen in Hannover.“
In 2021, Stichting SPRING plans two festivals: SPRING Performing Arts Festival in May and SPRING in Autumn in autumn.
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