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Dear media partners, dear colleagues,
Even though the focus of the four Reeperbahn Festival days is mainly on future questions of music and the music business, it is the contributions of the art programme, frequently addressing current socio-political issues that will provide visitors with ambitious and entertaining diversity. This year’s Reeperbahn Festival art programme will continue in this tradition.
Frehn Hawel  

Hamburg, 17 July 2018
One thing is clear: Reeperbahn Festival would not be complete without its art programme. Whether exhibitions, installations, performative elements or gallery tours, whether socio-cultural impulses or challenging entertainment elements – all art contributions will also be a worthwhile experience in 2018. And of course, the art programme cannot do without at least one premiere: This year for the first time, there will be a “Field of Arts” in the Festival Village on Heiligengeistfeld, consisting of eleven programme items. But cherished traditions will also continue.  

Apart from the large-scale Flatstock Europe Poster Convention (DE, FR, GB, US) by international silkscreen artists on Spielbudenplatz, the Gallery Hopping (DE) feature through the new town galleries has long since become an indispensable element; here visitors can join tours through this labyrinth of creativity, diversity and quality, guided by the Young Friends of the Kunsthalle and become true connoisseurs of the Hamburg art scene. Start and finish of this tour is the Festival Village where you can also find the exhibition “It Started in Hamburg” by Klaus Voormann (DE) which is going to be realised in cooperation with hi-life Uriz von Oertzen. At the work exhibition created by the musician, graphic designer, author, movie actor and designer of the Beatles “Revolver” album cover, guests can immerse in the multifaceted creations of the Munich-based artist made up of graphic works, sketches, objects and large projections as well as iconic illustrations from the Beatles era and connect with the city where it all began – not just for him.
Moreover, at the Festival Village, you can experience the following highlights on the “Field of Arts”: The art project Animation Series 2000 (DE) has created the Budny & Rossman Funpark, a complete theme park in a container full of self-made, colourful machines and, of course, also new cartoons whose main characters are from the cartoon series by the same name, a feature that has meanwhile become a permanent element of Reeperbahn Festival. Björn Holzweg (DE) and his “Lost Track” Roller Coaster installation is spotlighting the dispute between urban and natural places as part of our complex human society. This environment is also the setting for the show "Subversion" of the performance artist Anne Pretzsch (DE) from the Hamburg collective Glitch AG whose main focus is on the interface between discourse and perception. The deliberate play of moving the boundaries between stage, public space, reality and fiction will take the Reeperbahn Festival guests to an exciting transitory universe, where internal and external views are resolved in perspective.
Less fictional, but even more current and intense are the installation and performances by the Berlin artist Isaiah Lopaz (US/DE) (photo) who, in cooperation with the Kunstverein Hamburg (Hamburg art association), will make racism in our society visible and tangible at Reeperbahn Festival. His installation “Say what you mean & mean what you say” displayed on the “Field of Arts” will draw your attention to everyday, partially unconsciously adopted racism by means of projection of statements and questions Lopaz is faced with because of his skin colour. With his performance “A History of Remembering”, a joint dinner also set at the “Field of Arts”, Lopaz will give his guests an understanding for histories and traditions of sub-Sahara origin. All dishes are linked to historic episodes, creating a comprehensive, sustainable experience for all senses.
The installations of the artist duo Quintessenz (DE), consisting of Thomas Granseuer and Tomislav Topic, are colourful and extensive. On the Reeperbahn Festival “Field of Arts”, the two will show “Vanilla Sky”, a work from their series playing with fabric, colour and shape. Different perspectives, incident light and shadow will take the visitor to an ever-changing interaction of space, colour and shape, with no two moments alike.  

Also confirmed: Anton Corbijn: The Living and the Dead – Exhibiton at Bucerius Kunstforum (NL), Palms & Circumstances, by NBHAP (DE), Erotic Art Museum  – Wolfgang "Bubi" Heilemann Exhibition (DE), Artisttalk with Gallerytalk (DE) and on the “Field of Arts”: Tape That – Tape Art Container (DE), Kasia Kandel – " A Very Limited Edition" (DE), Ada Grüter & Janne Plutat – "The Tribal Society" (DE), Confessional 3000 (DE), Shared Studio (DE). 

FYI: International Music Journalism Award 2018 - shortlists now available!

Thanks to all colleagues who followed our invitation to submit their musical works and nominate music journalists! The juries of the International Music Journalism Award 2018 got together and worked their way through roughly 200 German, English and French submissions.
The winners will be announced at the beginning of September, but today the shortlists in the categories "Best Journalistic Work 2018" (lyrics, audio, multimedia, U30) and "Best Music Journalist 2018" can be viewed. We strongly recommend clicking through the links provided here as they will take you to contributions by colleagues such as Sylvia Prahl, Liz Pelly, Valerie Lehoux, Jason Bentley or Estelle Caswell and others, highly worth reading, seeing and listening to, which prove how indispensable music journalism can still be!
Prizes will be awarded on the afternoon of 21 September in the course of Reeperbahn Festival. Save the date!

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
Credit: Richard Hancock
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