Our principles


Our principles

We are organised and registered as the Festspielhaus gemeinnützige GmbH and as the Foundation Operndorf Afrika.The Festspielhaus Afrika gemeinnützige GmbH was founded by Christoph Schlingensief in 2009 and has since then been recognised by the Berlin Corporate Tax Office I, as a non-profit organisation under the tax number 27/613/01883.Managing Partner of the Festspielhaus Afrika gemeinnützige GmbH is Aino Laberenz.

The Foundation Operndorf Afrika was established by Aino Laberenz, in late 2012 and is recognised by the Berlin tax office I as a non-profit foundation under the tax number 27/641/02823.On the Board of the Operndorf Afrika Foundation are: Aino Laberenz (Chairman of the Board), Karina Frille (Authorised Deputy Chairman) and Gabriele Horn.

We maintain three boards, which are responsible for quality assurance. Advisory Board: Amelie Deuflhard (Artistic Director Kampnagel Hamburg), Matthias Lilienthal (Artistic Director Intimate Theatre Munich), Claudia Kaloff (Artist Relations), Peter Raue (Lawyer and art collector), Antje Vollmer (Vice-President of the German Bundestag (retired) & writer)Foundation Board: Karina Frille (chartered accountant Ebner Stolz), Gabriele Horn (Director Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art), Aino Laberenz (Director Festspielhaus Afrika gGmbH)

Artist Board in Burkina Faso: Smockey Bambara (Rap artist), Gaston Kaboré (Filmmaker), Siriki Ky (Sculptor), Etienne Minoungou (Theatre maker), Irene Tassembedo (Choreographer), Konomba Traoré (Composer, professor of traditional music)

Controlling: Our annual financial statements are controlled by an independent auditing company (Ebner Stolz, Berlin) and published in the annual report.The independent auditing company Ebner Stolz supports the board fully autonomously with regard to the operational and strategic control of the Festspielhaus Afrika gemeinnützigen GmbH and the Foundation Operndorf Afrika. It regularly provides the Curatorship and the Board with analyses and reviews of relevant developments, such as donations received, public grants, but also the amount of project funding, of the personnel, material and marketing expenses or other information, relevant for the strategic management of the organisation.We publish our financial statements in accordance with statutory regulations in the Federal Gazette.

Under the management of Aino Laberenz, the structure has always been kept as small as possible, in order to avoid unnecessary expenses. Nevertheless, in order to ensure a professional working process, public relations, accounting, graphic design and translation have been outsourced and are provisioned in part as pro bono services through the Partner.

We moreover also cooperate regularly with other organisations, which support us with their expertise. For an overview of our Supporting Institutions, please click here.

Why do we not have the seal of approval for donations of the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI)? Because it costs money and we prefer to invest our funds in our projects on site.