»Pop-Kultur« is an international festival, held from August 15 to 17 in 2018 for the second time at the Kulturbrauerei in Berlin. The first edition happened at the Berghain in 2015, the second one in the district of Neukölln in 2016.

»Pop-Kultur« is based on three elemental foundations: 1. Live (Music, Talks, Readings, Exhibitions and films) 2. »Pop-Kultur Nachwuchs« 3. Networking.

1. Live

a) Music

Pop-Kultur gives artists from Berlin and the entire world the opportunity to create new art and showcase it as a world premiere on stage. The focus lies on visionary extentions within the various fields of production work with a special weight on the performance approach. The festival allows an intense preparation and connects local and international partners in the spirit of collaboration. »Pop-Kultur« emphasizes internationality and sexual diversity.

»Pop-Kultur« furthermore presents special music, DJ sets and labels which haven’t been showcased in Berlin in that form before.

b) Talks, readings, exhibitions, films

»Pop-Kultur« creates a discursive space for pop culture and especially pop music, allowing reflection, contextualization and celebration. We stand for interdisciplinary exchange which also includes academic discourse.

Artists are specifically encouraged to contribute to the festival not just in the form of a performance but also via a public talk or a workshop with young talents.

2. »Pop-Kultur Nachwuchs«

The talent program of »Pop-Kultur« connects 250 young talents from all over the world with artists of the live program as well as with influential people from the fields of economics, politics and the music industry via over 40 workshops. This also happens in the spirit of collaboration and a non-hierarchical exchange of thoughts and opinions. The goal is to continue strengthening this element of the festival to support and train the creators of tomorrow.

3. Netzwerk

»Pop-Kultur« assembles important figures of the local, national and international music and creative industry in a casual and inspiring setting while also connecting them with each other in the yard of the Kulturbrauerei in 2018.

»Pop-Kultur« is brought to you by Musicboard Berlin GmbH.

Programme. 2017

»Pop-Kultur: Commissioned Works« with ABRA / Andreas Dorau / Balbina / Circuit des Yeux / Darkstar & Cieron Magat / Evvol / Fishbach & Lou de Bètoly / Grandbrothers / Hendrik Otremba »Typewriter-Klangwelten« / How To Dress Well & Jens Balzer / Henryk Gericke »Too Much Future« / Jemek Jemowit / Romano / Roland Owsnitzki »Keller« / Steven Warwick / »Sticker Removals – The Visual Anthropology of the Hype Sticker« / »Teilweise Antje Øklesund«

»Pop-Kultur« programme with over 70 concerts, DJ sets, talks, exhibitions, and films, featuring

Acid Arab / Alex Cameron / Alexis Taylor / All diese Gewalt / ANDRRA / Anke Fesel  / Anna Meredith / ANNA VR / Annie Goh / Arab Strap / AUF / ausland / Barbara Morgenstern / Berlin Community Radio / Bettina Wackernagel / Bunch of Kunst / Boiband / Christine Franz & Simone Butler / Christine Kakaire / Christian Reckmann / Cristian Vogel / Daniel Meteo / David Laurie & Simon Price / Dave Tompkins / Deutschlandfunk Kultur / Diana McCarty / Doris Akrap / Dr. Klaus Lederer / Decadent Fun Club / Dirk Schneider / Dr. Stephanie Roll / Erobique / Electric Indigo / female:pressure / F.S. Blumm & Friends / Friends of Gas / Gaika / Gudrun Gut / Happy Meals / Hartwig Vens / Hengameh Yaghoobifarah /  Ilgen-Nur / IDLES / JACASZEK feat. Hania Malarowska / Jakuzi / Jeff Özdemir / Johanna St Michaels / Julian Weber / Kristen Gallerneaux / Lady Leshurr / La Femme / Lenki Balboa / Let’s Eat Grandma / LeVent / Liars / Little Simz / Lucidvox / Max Dax / Manuela / Masha Qrella / Michelle Blades / Michael Aniser / Marlene Engel / Miss Natasha Enquist / Monika Werkstatt / Mo Loschelder / Noveller / Off-Kultur / Oligarkh / Oranssi Pazuzu / Paul Williams / Piano Wire / Prairie / RAW CHICKS.BERLIN / Riff Cohen / Ritornell / Rob Curry / Rob Young / Rouge Gorge / Shirley Collins & Ian Keary / SKM 60: Opener Special Guest / Sophia Kennedy / Sky Deep / Smerz / Strobocop / Soft Grid / Tasseomancy / »The Inertia Variations« / Throwing Shade / Tim Tetzner / Tobias Bamborschke / Toby Cornish / Tom Backström / T.Raumschmiere / We Make Waves / Yeşim Duman / Young Fathers