What is the status of "culture as an area of freedom" in Cologne? We will discuss this from the point of view of music at the second Cologne Music Conference on Monday, October 21, 2019 starting from 12:30 pm at the Stadtgarten in Cologne - the program is now completed. Come along and discuss with us! Advance registration is obligatory due to limited capacity.
In three roundtables, we will talk to high-ranking politicians, representatives of institutions, club owners, festival organizers and freelancers from the Cologne music scene about current developments in the music city Cologne.
What actually constitutes a "City of Music" in the eyes of the artists living in it? Which hard facts and which soft facts play a role in this? This will be discussed in the first panel: Hans Nieswandt (Institute for Popular Music at Folkwang University of the Arts Bochum), Suzie Kerstgens (Klee), Katja Hermes (Managing Director Sound Diplomacy Germany), Keshav Purushotham (Keshavara) and Stefanie Schrank (Locas in Love & solo artist).
In the cities, which are becoming more and more densely populated, the development of buildings is increasingly leading to conflicts between music venues and local residents. Could conflicts of interest in urban development (keyword: Ehrenfeld) be identified early or even avoided in Cologne using a club registry like that in Hamburg? We will discuss the situation in Cologne in the second panel: Thore Debor (Managing Director of Clubkombinat Hamburg e.V.), Susanne Laugwitz-Aulbach (Assistant Head of the Department for Art and Culture), Markus Greitemann (Assistant Head of the Department for Urban Development, Planning and Construction), Iren Tonoian (Founding Member of artrmx e.V., Co-initiator of CityLeaks Festival) and Heiko Rühl (Board Member of Klubkomm Köln e.V.).
No other federal state unites more companies and employees in the media and creative industries than North Rhine-Westphalia. How is it possible to network effectively in this context? That's what we're discussing in the third panel: Katja Lucker (Managing Director Musicboard Berlin), Linn Meissner (Project Manager popNRW, Board Member Music Women Germany), Norbert Oberhaus (Managing Director cologne on pop GmbH), Lorenz Deutsch (Member of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Spokesman for the Committee for Culture and Media) and Heike Schätze (Chairwoman Live Initiative NRW - LINA e.V.).
11. Cologne Music Week
The eleventh Cologne Music Week will start directly after the Cologne Music Conference. From October 21 to 26, the little sister of the c/o pop Festival will once again be welcoming a multitude of promising acts from Cologne and North Rhine-Westphalia to various venues in the Belgian Quarter - for the most part free of charge. You can find the full program here.