Each of the NRW productions invited to the festival as well as a selection of the international guest productions have been assigned patron groups and classes.
Before attending the performances, these groups devote themselves to the themes and questions posed by their respective production under the guidance of theatre education specialists. Their goal is to explore the set-up and methods of the select productions in artistic ways, for example by trying out dance styles or other elements essential to the performances.
At WESTWIND, the patron groups and classes will have the opportunity to talk to the invited ensembles and give them feedback on their work. This sort of exchange between artists and audience members is a significant aspect of the festival.