The Friends of the Berliner Ensemble (Freunde des Berliner Ensembles) have established the Helene Weigel Theatre Prize, an award which is intended to highlight and promote exceptional artistic achievements at the Berliner Ensemble, one of the most renowned and long-standing theatres in Germany. The prize will be awarded annually from 2022 onwards at the end of each season. Nominations are open to artists from all fields who are currently engaged at the Berliner Ensemble.
Hengeler Mueller advised the Friends of the Berliner Ensemble free of charge in relation to the establishment of the Helene Weigel Theatre Prize. The team included partner Daniel Weiß (Contract Law, Frankfurt) and counsel Patrick Wilkening (IP/IT, Düsseldorf).
The advice of Hengeler Mueller was provided in the course of the pro bono activities of the firm. As part of its social responsibility, Hengeler Mueller provides pro bono legal advice in support of good causes. The focus is on charitable institutions which are active in fields such as education and science, health care, the environment, arts and culture, human rights and the rule of law, as well as in the fight against hunger and poverty.