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Dear media partners, dear colleagues,
It is well known that every Reeperbahn Festival comes with a number of innovations. Several new features have already been announced for 2017, such as the concerts at the Elbphilharmonie, the Music Film Contest, and the “Cook ‘n’ Dub” cooking/music event, a creation of Matthias Arfmann, his Turtle Bay Country Club, and top chef Stevan Paul. And today we’ve got more new and innovative events to announce. On Heiligengeistfeld, Reeperbahn Festival is erecting a round dome tent measuring 20 metres in diameter – inside this tent, on each of the festival’s four days, festivalgoers will have an opportunity to see and experience 360° projections, including Martin Kohlstedt’s “Currents”, and much more.
Frehn Hawel 

Hamburg, 17 August 2017
360° presentations at planetariums allow spectators to immerse themselves in the universe and the blurring of time and space – an experience that’s likely to be familiar to many. That the 360° format is also extremely well-suited for the presentation of film, art, and music is something that this year’s Reeperbahn Festival attendees will have a chance to see and hear for themselves. The Reeperbahn Festival Dome, measuring 20 metres in diameter, will be a striking structure, visible from afar, and constitutes a spectacular new addition to the 2017 programme.

To start, the dome tent will be the site of a daily performance of “Currents – A Play of Dome Projection and Concert”, an audio-visual programme specially created for Reeperbahn Festival by pianist, electronic artist, producer, and neoclassical pioneer Martin Kohlstedt and featuring his compositions. The multimedia collective Bloodbrothers and Elektropastete, experts in music visualisation, will provide a visual translation of Kohlstedt’s works. In an experiment designed as a concert, they will create 360° worlds of forms that will be projected on the dome, generating a completely new concert and music experience.

Also inside the Reeperbahn Festival Dome: “The Art of 360°”, a Reeperbahn Festival programme in partnership with the Fulldome Festival Foundation in Jena, Germany, that features daily screenings of the best fulldome short films from around the world in the genres of fiction, art, and music: Funky stories, brilliant visualisations, amazing tracking shots – an experience of rotating worlds and dissolving spaces.

The Reeperbahn Festival Dome’s capacity is 280 – and so to give lots and lots of festivalgoers the opportunity to see the performances and screenings in the Dome, the Dome’s programme will be repeated on each day of the festival. 

On Wednesday, 20 September, at 23.30, the fulldome curtain will rise for another Reeperbahn Festival world premiere:
“ego | blurred” – the first fulldome music video by KIASMOS, the Icelandic minimal techno duo composed of artists Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen, will have its unveiling. Based on KIASMOS’s new EP, to be released by Erased Tapes in September, fulldome artist and director Ralph Heinsohn has created a visual journey through time and space. The video will have its first-ever showing in the Reeperbahn Festival Dome.

And for trade and professional visitors attending Reeperbahn Festival: On Wednesday, 20 September, from 12.00 to 18.00, as part of the “Creative Tech” programme, talks, panels, and presentations will look at ways to approach new technologies creatively; and, on Thursday, 21 September, from 15.00 to 18.00, NEXT digital conference is hosting a three-hour programme around the theme “digital sucks” that aims to address current issues in the digital economy – this event is open to all Reeperbahn Festival delegates.

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The Reeperbahn Festival is organised by Reeperbahn Festival GbR
and Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG.
Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg

PhG Reeperbahn Festival GbR: Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG und Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz / U-I-Nr.: DE247756458

PhG Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG: Inferno Events Verwaltungs GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz, Detlef Schwarte / U-I-Nr.: DE 210469759
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