Applications for this year’s edition are open until the 20th of April at 11 o’ clock.
If there’s nothing happening, then people need to make things happen. That’s easier said than done, especially in 2021, but Berlin has a rich history of bringing things to life by making the best of what’s around, even under the most adverse circumstances. Without the various people organising concerts, club nights, interdisciplinary formats and discursive events, the sound of the city would be little more than static. And this isn’t going to change anytime soon.
Just as the city depends on them, local organisers need access to open and independent spaces now more than ever to turn their ideas into cultural and social realities. As a festival, we want to work together in close collaboration with them to help make this happen.
Starting in 2018, in the months leading up to the festival, together with Anton Teichmann, Dominique Schweizer and Michael Aniser Pop-Kultur has presented four events selected by an independent jury, open to the public and with free admission. The Pop-Kultur lokal programme will continue in 2021, with new events taking place from June to August.
Through the 20th of April 11 a.m., organisers can apply with their projects – ideally intended to take place outdoors and with appropriate sanitary precautions, along with a backup plan for the event to take place online, in case changing regulations prevent it from happening in person.
Musicians living in Berlin should be the main focus. This can be combined with DJ sets or talks, provided that the participants are likewise based in the city. In the curation, there should be consideration to ensure that women make up at least 50% of the booked artists and that people with disability are represented in the line-up. Likewise, the event should be designed to be as accessible as possible. Applications that reflect diversity will be given preference.
The selection of the four events to receive a grant of 2,500€ – including 500€ for the implementation of hygienic measures – will be made by a jury of six: DENA (musician), Michael Aniser (Off-Kultur), Dominique Schweizer (Amiont), Anton Teichmann (Off-Kultur), Ella Zwietnig (musician, UMA) and Lisa Herzog (Pop-Kultur).
The official announcement as PDF can be found here.