The two artistic directors Christiane Oxenfort and Andreas Dahmen have been responsible for the festival's programming since its foundation in 1991, as artistic directors for the program design and, in addition, for 20 years as managing partners of the non-profit limited festival company, they have also been responsible for the entire management.
Musicians by background and internationally successful with their ViF flute quartet, have taken up the cause of experimenting and openness to new trends while maintaining a high artistic level.
Christiane Oxenfort and Andreas Dahmen not only ensure a high artistic standard at the düsseldorf festival! but also enjoy great respect in the private sector and cultural politics of the state capital thanks to their innovative management qualities.
Behind Oxenfort and Dahmen is a year-round team of permanent and freelance staff, each of whom is in charge: Assistant to the Artistic Director/Sponsoring (Raphael Auer), Ticketing (Timo Kasper), Press Relations and Marketing (Ana Đokić), Technology (Hans-Jürgen Müller), Production/Organisation (Armin Leoni & Theresa Heussen).
During the "hot phase" of the festival, this staff grows to up to 50 at normal times: Interns from colleges all over Germany and a brigade of good spirits who volunteer to look after the physical well-being of everyone involved. In this special Corona year, however, the festival will have to adjust to the special challenge in terms of logistics and personnel.