Berlin – the capital city of ‘Pop-Kultur’

Music Week as the music industry festival is no more, but, at the end of August, Pop-Kultur opens its doors, and you may be surprised by the number of artists and their original new concept.

For three days at the end of August, Berlin will be dedicated to pop when the first ever ‘Pop-Kultur’ takes place, a festival with DJ sets and lectures, discussions and concerts. More than 60 artists make up the extensive programme, including Sven Regener, singer and author, who, together with Andreas Dorau, will read from their co-written book “Ärger mit der Unsterblichkeit” (Trouble with Immortality). Also present will be the Swedish singer Neneh Cherry, who will appear with her band RocketNumberNine, and the neuroscientist Tom Fritz, who, together with the painter Norbert Bisky, will speak about the effects of techno on the human brain. And if you knew that the Hollywood actor Elijah Wood had an alter ego as a DJ, you can check him out behind the turntables with his partner Zach Cowie under the pseudonym Wooden Wisdom. Young, less well-known acts will also have the chance to perform their art to the general public over the course of the three days.

“It is very important to us to bring together the widest possibly variety of musical trends in our programme,” says Christian Morin, who, along with Martin Hossbach, curates ‘Pop-Kultur’ under the direction of Katja Lucker, “in particular in the form of world premieres or German premieres, often also in the form of collaborations”. The organisers aim to create “space for otherwise quite unlikely encounters and productive exchange”.

Melting Pot Berghain

These encounters will take place in the world famous Berlin club Berghain and in its surrounding buildings, such as the Schlackehalle or the Panorama Bar. Over the course of the three days of the event, guests can choose individual modules depending on which events they would like to see. The tickets for these blocks cost between 5 and 25 Euro and allow everyone to create their own individual festival schedule.

With Pop-Kultur, which is expecting up to 10,000 guests, the organisers want to distance themselves from Music Week, which took place in Berlin from 2010 to 2014. “More art, fewer canapés", clarifies Katja Lucker, and thereby underlines the spectator-orientated nature of the festival, at which there will even be a newcomer programme with workshops with music industry professionals.

This new format is a new beginning and an experiment – but one that all participants are excited about. “We want to be a laboratory and to come up with, discuss and realise new ideas,” says Katja Lucker. “We don’t know what the result will be – but that is part of what makes the experiment so exciting.”

Info: Pop-Kultur takes place from 26.8.2015. – 28.8.2015. Further information and tickets at

(c) Frederik Schulz - Popkultur Berghain

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