The Heimathafen Neukölln (Home Port Neukölln) in the Rixdorf Ballroom in Berlin's Neukölln district was founded in 2009 as a new people's theatre from Berlin. In the ornamental variety hall with its Baroque Revival decorations and Art Nouveu touches the Heimathafen presents a varied programme of plays, musicals, concerts, readings and new theatre forms with the motto "WE ARE THE PEOPLE'S THEATRE", giving voice to the multicultural district of Neukölln through its unique blend of styles, genres and cultures.
People's Theatre and Neukölln have always belonged together. The historical amusement district Rixdorf at the gates of Berlin has always held a reputation for good, honest entertainment. And it is this flair the Heimathafen Neukölln wants to reflect by digging out and updating populist shows from old Berlin. In 1876 the Rixdorf Ballroom belonged to a village hotel and after incorporation in 1894 was one of the first subsidised theatres in Prussia. In the roaring twenties decadent feasts were celebrated here, then a cinema moved in during the First World War before the Nazis used the hall to collect the confiscated property of Jewish citizens. In 1968 the theatre had to close due to dwindling audiences and by the eighties the building was threatened with demolition. Since 2009 however, the Rixdorf Ballroom has been the permanent home of the Heimathafen Neukölln which had been using an empty corner pub and an old post office on Karl-Marx-Straße as temporary venues since 2007.
Neukölln and its inhabitants are at the centre of the Heimathafen's productions. Whether it be the legendary "Rixdorfer Perlen" (Rixdorf Pearls), the Neukölln trilogy "Arabboy" and "Arabqueen" or the youth pieces, the productions deal with themes such as home, migration issues, youth violence, the precariousness of Germany or East-West conflicts.