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Airan Berg (2019)

Airan Berg (born July 18, 1961 in Tel Aviv ) is an Israeli-Austrian theater director and cultural manager .

Live and act

Airan Berg was born in Tel Aviv and came to Vienna when he was eleven . He did his theater education in America, he worked there, but also soon in Vienna, at the Burgtheater . After experiences in Java and Bali, Berg founded an international puppet theater festival in Vienna. From 2001 to 2007 Berg was artistic director of the Wiener Schauspielhaus (2001–05 together with Barrie Kosky ). In this function, he and Martin Schenk, chairman of the poverty conference , founded the Hunger for Art and Culture campaign in Vienna in December 2003 . This gave those in need unbureaucratic access to events at the Wiener Schauspielhaus.

As part of Linz 2009 , Airan Berg was artistic director for the performing arts and responsible for the concept and direction of the visualized Linz Klangwolke FLUT . In 2010 Berg worked at the iDANS festival in Istanbul and organized workshops such as building mobile animal figures. In 2012–15, Berg was in charge of project management for Mannheim's application for European Capital of Culture .

Airan Berg is currently working on the Open Castle project of the Burgtheater Vienna, which includes the population living in the districts on the other side of the Danube.

Airan Berg heads the European project Orfeo & Majnun, which is supported by Creative Europe. The partners of the project are Lamonths-de Mund Opera in Brussels, Festival-Aix in Aix-en-Provence, Valletta2018, Operadagen Rotterdam, Konzerthaus Wien with Brunnenpassage & Basis.Kultur.Wien, international festivals Kraków and Imaginarius in SM da Feira.

Berg has been the artistic director of the Upper Austrian Festival of Regions since 2018 . The motto of the festival, which will take place between June 28 and July 7, 2019, is "Social Warmth".

Berg currently lives with his wife and daughter in Istanbul and Vienna.


  • Airan Berg (Ed.), Nick Mangafas (Ill.): Six years of theater work through the lens of Nick Mangafas. 2001-2007 . (Parallel title: Six years of theater productions through the lens of Nick Mangafas ). Schauspielhaus Wien, Vienna 2008, OBV .
  • Airan Berg (director), Guido Reimitz (director): I like to move it move it. The big school project of Linz 09 . 1 DVD video, 29 minutes. Media department of the BMUKK , Vienna 2009, OBV .
  • Claus Peymann (director), Airan Berg (collaboration), Hansgeorg Koch (music): Wilhelm Tell . (Historical recordings 1990, Burgtheater, Vienna). 1 DVD-Video, 143 minutes. Hoanzl, Vienna 2010, OBV .


Since 2009, two projects by Airan Berg have been selected as best practice in Europe by the EU Commission .

Web links

Commons : Airan Berg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b on December 18, 2016: Intermezzo - Artists in Conversation ; accessed on December 18, 2016
  2. of August 26, 2009: Airan Berg: My boat is definitely not full ; accessed on December 18, 2016
  3. of September 26th, 2012: Turkish Theater Festival iDANS - Ein Katzenjammer ; accessed on December 18, 2016
  4. of November 17, 2011: Airan Berg strengthens the Capital of Culture team ; accessed on December 18, 2016
  5. Offene Burg - Stadt.Recherchen ( Memento from December 21, 2016 in the Internet Archive ); accessed on December 18, 2016
  6. of September 22, 2016: Burgtheater advertises new visitors , accessed on December 18, 2016
  7. of September 27, 2017: Airan Berg directs Festival of the Regions ; accessed on September 27, 2017
  8. iDANS Impressions from September 6, 2012 ; accessed on December 18, 2016.