Pop-Kultur lokal: The Jury Decision

On the 3rd of April, we will reveal the first round of acts appearing at this year’s Pop-Kultur (the 21st through 23rd of August), but before that, we would like to present the four »Pop-Kultur lokal« events leading up to the festival. »Pop-Kultur lokal« is a collaborative series first introduced in 2018, developed with Dominique Schweizer and »Off-Kultur« and sponsored by us. Once again, four local promoters will each organise an event in a different location, monthly from April through July.

Without the ›lokal‹ Berlin players putting on shows every day, a festival like ours would not be possible, and cultural life in our city would be only half as exciting. This is why we think it’s important to support the regional scene, diverse live offerings, the widening scale of music, and performances that pull different arts and cultures together. And because we want these events to be as widely accessible to the general public as possible, entry will be free for all.

Out of 33 total applications, our jury – DENA (musician), Michael Aniser (Off-Kultur), Dominique Schweizer (Amiont), Anton Teichmann (Off-Kultur), Ella Zwietnig (musician, UMA) and Matthieu Jimenez (Pop-Kultur) – has decided on the following projects for »Pop-Kultur lokal«:

April: »Grüntaler«

May: »Weeeirdos«

June: »Suck My Lips!«

July: »Afro x Pop«

It starts in April with »Grüntaler« by Izumi Yamamoto. The event series began in November 2018, with each edition set in a different location, focusing on »the curation, production and promotion of experimental music, sound art and related practices« and aims to bring attention to the local scene and artists »with an emphasis on gender diversity and visibility within the male-dominated field of contemporary music.« Grüntaler presents musical and artistic perspectives that adapt to each given space. So, this event will be one of a kind, in more ways than one. Stay tuned for further details.

And by the way: the 2nd of April is the last day to purchase a three-day festival pass for the special price of 40€ (plus fees)! Our Countdown 2019 will also continue until then: every day, we will unveil a new element of the festival programme via Facebook, Instagram and our Website.