NEW DATE: OCTOBER 21 TO 24, 2020.
NEW CONCEPT: ANALOG & DIGITAL.
NEW NAME: C/O POP XOXO!
The coronavirus crisis has caused all of us to rethink what we consider normal. One thing is clear: even in October 2020, there can't be a c/o pop Festival and c/o pop Convention in the regular form. Instead, we'll be exploring new digital and analogue paths together - with c/o pop xoxo from October 21 to 24, 2020.
Cultural life during and with the coronavirus pandemic has changed: Clubs had to close, festivals were cancelled, many artists fear for their existence. And a back-to-normal scenario is still a long way off. From the "live from home" of the coronavirus days back to "back to live" is a tricky path. We want to accompany this transition with an experimental concept that mixes classical concert performances and talks with new digital formats. Because we have resolved to one thing: Cologne will have a festival in autumn!
We are thrilled that many of our partners from April are also supporting this special edition, such as popNRW, the network We are Europe and the VUT - Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmer*innen e.V.
Our aim with c/o pop xoxo is to build a bridge from events held under social-distance conditions to interactive live formats. In doing so, we do not want to lose sight of the core idea behind our programme: to promote and support the next generation of pop musicians. We also want to reduce the lack of physical contact between visitors with c/o pop xoxo and at least virtually distribute Hugs and Kisses: XOXO.
As always, the goal is to support the most interesting artists and bands from Cologne, NRW and the entire country on their way, to present them to an interested audience and to bring them into contact with industry professionals from Germany and abroad.
EVERYONE'S HEALTH IS THE TOP PRIORITY
To be able to hold c/o pop xoxo as an event suitable for the pandemic, we are planning a festival and a convention which will focus on significantly fewer stages and which will additionally be presented digitally on a multi-channel platform.
c/o pop xoxo will have a headquarters in both the analogue and digital world: For three days, we will produce and broadcast a wide range of pop culture content from Herbrand's in Cologne-Ehrenfeld on various platforms: concerts, interviews, readings, talks, workshops, tutorials and showcases of all kinds. Complemented by activities on our social media channels.
Xoxo with love from Cologne!
The c/o pop Festival & c/o pop Convention 2020 are funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Initiative Musik, the City of Cologne and the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as the European Union (Creative Europe Program).