The Heimathafen Neukölln in the Rixdorfer Ballsaal in Berlin-Neukölln has stood for new popular theatre from Berlin since 2009. In the ornate Varieté Hall building with neo-baroque ornamentation and art nouveau elements, the Heimathafen presents a diverse programme of drama productions, musical theatre, concerts, readings and new show formats, giving the district of Neukölln a voice - characterised by a crossover of styles, genres and cultures. Embedded in the cultural mile Karl-Marx-Straße, surrounded by opera, cinema and galleries, locals and guests alike find a piece of cultural home.
Volkstheater and Neukölln - they have always belonged together. The former entertainment district of Rixdorf at the gates of Berlin has always stood for entertainment for all. The Rixdorf Ballroom belonged to a village inn in 1876 and was one of the first subsidised theatres in Prussia after its incorporation in 1894. In the roaring twenties, debauched parties were held here, after the First World War a cinema moved in, before the National Socialists used the hall as a collection point for the goods of Jewish citizens in 1942. In 1968, the stage had to close due to a lack of audience, and in the 1980s it was threatened with demolition. Since 2009, the Rixdorfer Ballsaal has become a permanent anchorage for Heimathafen Neukölln.
The productions of Heimathafen Neukölln focus on Neukölln and its inhabitants - the formats deal with topics such as home, migration conflicts, youth violence, gentrification or East-West conflicts. Neukölln is a space of investigation, a setting and a stage. Away from the city's big houses, the Heimathafen reflects the reality that surrounds it - as a reaction to the constantly changing diversity of colours, styles, genres, milieus and cultures. For the Heimathafen, making theatre means telling the stories observed on a small scale and carrying them into the world via Neukölln and Berlin - contemporary and made in the neighbourhood.