ausland is a project space for performative arts. Since its 2002 foundation in Berlin, the ausland has established itself as an event and production venue for concerts, performances, readings, sound installations, movies, workshops, and discussions. A group of up to 10 volunteers run an average of three events per week. It stages its own series “lyrik im ausland” and thematic festivals (like “Alter Schwede”, in 2013), and works together with international cooperations (i.a. with the DAAD). The ausland lives on monetary and non-monetary resources. Its members consider it of major importance to stay independent from public subsidies or private sponsors in order to maintain their freedom of decision with regard to trends in cultural politics or theme related funds.