The members of the jury are appointed by the Joint Committee on the recommendation of the curator. Both the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin may nominate jury members. The jury members are appointed for two years; their term can be extended by a further year.

The members of the jury should be familiar with cultural life in Berlin, should keep abreast of the most recent developments on the German and international cultural scene, should be actively involved in the current art discourse, and be able to take considered decisions about funding in all areas of the arts that they can subsequently argue for. 


Following the recommendations of the curator, the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin have agreed to appoint the following jury for the Capital Cultural Fund:

Christian Rakow, born 1976 in Rostock, is a theatre critic and co-editor of nachtkritik.de. He studied German and philosophy in Rostock, Sheffield and Berlin and earned his doctorate in literary studies in Münster ("Die Ökonomien des Realismus. Kulturpoetische Untersuchungen zur Literatur und Volkswirtschaftslehre 1850-1900". Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter 2013). As a theatre critic he also writes for Theater heute, among others. He was a member of the jury of the festival "Politik im freien Theater" (2011), a member of the prize jury of the Mülheim Drama Prize (2014) and a member of the jury of the Berlin Theatertreffen (2017–2019). From 2013 to 2021 he was on the planning team of the conference "Theatre und Netz" and was co-responsible for the anthology "Netztheater. Positions, Practice, Productions", edited by Heinrich Böll Foundation and nachtkritik.de, Berlin 2020.

Mathias Hinke was born in Mexico City in 1973. He studied composition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, Art-History and Musicology at Humboldt Universität in Berlin and Physics at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has an arts-teaching diploma from Cambridge University. He is married and has four children. 

2015-2016 he held a guest-professorship in the composition department and since the fall of 2016 assisting-professor at the Institute for Experimental Music, UdK Berlin. He has held keynotes on experimental composition at the National Junior College Singapore, Northwestern University, Duke University, the happy new ears-congress Mannheim, Neue klänge Rendsburg and is frequent guest-juror at the Sibelius Academy. Since 2016 he has collaborated with the director Carlos Manuel and with artist Pedro Lasch producing public access works. Hinke has written pieces for the Opera de Bellas Artes Mexiko, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Düsseldorfer Symphony Orchestra, Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Sonar Quartett, KNM Ensemble, NTM Mannheim, MAS Sextett among others. He has been invited to festivals such as Märzmusik Berlin, Gaudeamus Music Festival Netherlands, Kallio new music days Helsinki, Forum Neue Musik Köln.

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Florian Höllerer leitet seit 2014 das Literarische Colloquium Berlin (LCB) am Wannsee. Er studierte Germanistik und Romanistik in Berlin, Paris und Princeton und promovierte mit der Arbeit Les Poésies de Henri Heine. Heinrich Heine in der Lesart Gérard de Nervals (J.B. Metzler 2004). Von 2000 - 2013 war er Leiter des Literaturhauses Stuttgart, das 2001 eröffnet wurde. Er ist u.a. Herausgeber von W.G. Sebald: Zerstreute Reminiszenzen (U. Keicher 2009) sowie Mitherausgeber der Essaybände Betrifft: (Suhrkamp 2007), Zur Zeit (Wallstein 2010) und Lexikon der sperrigen Wörter (Solitude 2010). Florian Höllerer ist Juror des Comicbuchpreises der Berthold Leibinger Stiftung. Für den Rat für Kulturelle Bildung, dem er seit 2012 angehört, begleitete er zuletzt die Studie Bibliotheken/Digitalisierung/Kulturelle Bildung. Horizont 2018. Seit fast zehn Jahren unterrichtet Florian Höllerer als Honorarprofessor am Institut für Literaturwissenschaft der Universität Stuttgart. Von 2014-20 war er gemeinsam mit Moritz Malsch Sprecher der Berliner Literaturkonferenz (BLK).

Can Sungu is a freelance artist, curator and researcher. He studied film, interdisciplinary arts and visual communication design in Istanbul and Berlin. He gave lectures on film and video production, curated various programs and events on film and migration, and took part in numerous exhibitions. Selected publications: Bitte zurückspulen - Die türkische Film- und Videokultur in Berlin (Archive Books, 2020), Bitter Things - Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families (Archive Books, 2018). He has worked as a juror and consultant for the Berlinale Forum, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the DAAD, among others. He is co-founder and artistic director of bi‘bak and Sinema Transtopia in Berlin.

Dr Sandra Noeth is a Professor at the HZT-Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin since 2018 and works internationally as a curator and dramaturg in institutional and independent contexts (from 2009 to 2014 Head of Dramaturgy and Research at the Tanzquartier Wien). Her work focuses on ethical and political issues in the context of body practice and theory (including Violence of Inscriptions, on bodies under structural experiences of violence, 2016-18, with Arkadi Zaides, HAU-Hebbel am Ufer; Hållning, on strategies of collective learning in art and society, 2021, MDT Stockholm; Bodies, un-protected, a program series on the unequally distributed protection of bodies, 2021-22, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm). Her PhD at the University of Hamburg explores experiences of borders and of collectivity through artistic works from Lebanon and Palestine. Publications: Bodies of Evidence: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Politics of Movement (2018, ed. with Gurur Ertem, Passagen); SCORES (2010-2016, ed. with Tanzquartier Wien); Resilient Bodies, Residual Effects: Artistic Articulations of Borders and Collectivity from Lebanon and Palestine (2019, transcript).

Inga Seidler lives and works as a curator and cultural producer in Berlin. In recent years, she has developed, produced and curated exhibitions, performances, discourse programmes and digital projects. After several years as a curator at the transmediale festival for arts and digital culture, she directed the Web Residency Programme at Akademie Schloss Solitude. As part of the curatorial collective connected to the independent project space ACUD MACHT NEU, she initiated the programme COLLECTIVE PRACTICES, which dealt with questions of collective knowledge production, cultural creation and organising in response to new technologies. Inga Seidler has been a member of several committees for artist in residency programmes and cultural institutions, and recently she was a jury member for the cultural exchange stipends of the Federal State of Berlin. She is currently curating the exhibition programmes of the annual European Media Art Festival at Kunsthalle Osnabrück.