Online Talk
Online Talk

Our online talk "Tanz die Systemrelevanz" will enter its second round on Friday, July 3, at 1 p.m.: with Jan van Weegen (Gebäude 9 / KLUBKOMM, Cologne), Pamela Schobeß (Gretchen / Clubcommission, Berlin), Terry Krug (Clubstiftung Hamburg) and our c/o pop Convention director Ralph H. Christoph

A little over two months ago, when everybody was still under the influence of the first month in lockdown, we held a c/o pop Convention Online Talk about the question of how systemically relevant the cultural industry actually is. Back then, we also tried to look into the future and consider what possible exit strategies might look like. Today we know at least one thing for sure: the club and live entertainment industry was "first out" and will definitely be "last in".

Since then, a lot of money has gone into supporting the various cultural sectors, at the local, regional and national level. But even the "Kulturmilliarde" (Billion for Culture), which is intended to save private cultural institutions as part of the bailout and future programme "NEUSTART KULTUR" (New Start Culture) launched by the Minister of State for Culture and Media, has not ended the debate about the fit of the coronavirus relief measures since there is no end of the pandemic in sight.

We will discuss the specific situation of the clubs and venues in "Tanz die Systemrelevanz, Pt. 2". Therefore, we will look at Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne and want to find out how the support of the scene has advanced in these cities. At the end, there will be a Q&A session - post your questions into the chat, and we will answer them at the end of the talk.

This talk of the c/o pop Convention is sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the City of Cologne and We are Europe.

Click here for the stream.

Please note: The talk will be held in German!


Jan van Weegen has been the operator of Gebäude 9 in Cologne since 1996. Since 2014, he has also held the position of First Chairman of Klubkomm, the Verband Kölner Clubs und Veranstalter e.V. (Association of Cologne Clubs and Organisers).

Pamela Schobeß has been managing clubs in Berlin for over 20 years. After her Club Icon was displaced from Prenzlauer Berg by gentrification, she has been managing the Kreuzberger (Live-)Club Gretchen since 2011. Since 2016, Pamela has been on the managing board of the Berlin Clubcommission. She is also a member of the IHK general assembly, the IHK committees for the creative industries and urban development, the supervisory board of the Berlin Music Commission and the advisory board of the Musicboard Berlin.

Terry Krug has given her heart to the club culture as the manager of the legendary Tanzhalle St. Pauli. She is one of the founding members of the Clubkombinat and was the managing director of the Hamburger Interessenverband for several years. During this time Terry Krug actively supported the foundation of the Bundesverband Livekomm and helped give birth to the Stiftung zur Stärkung privater Musikbühnen Hamburg, better known as Club Foundation. Today she is the first chairwoman of the organisation, which is still unique today.

Ralph Christoph is one of the founders of the c/o pop Festival in Cologne. He was programme director of the c/o pop Festival from 2004 to 2007, and since 2014 he has been in charge of the c/o pop Convention and is responsible for international relations and the strategic direction of the whole brand c/o pop.


Since all participating speakers are donating their share, 100% of the income of this stream will go into a solidarity pact for the Cologne club culture, which can help venues and organisers to save jobs, bridge financing gaps and also to provide cultural offers for you after the crisis.

Thank you for your support!