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Dear media partners, dear colleagues,
Last year at Reeperbahn Festival we were honoured to host the launch of the Keychange initiative in conjunction with PRS Foundation, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Tallinn Music Week, Way Out West, Musikcentrum Sweden, Liverpool Sound City and MUTEK. Since that launch the campaign has gone from strength to strength, gathering international attention with more than 125 festivals joining the 50/50 by 2022 Keychange pledge. 
This year at Reeperbahn Festival we’re celebrating this progress by declaring Thursday 20 September “Keychange Day”, featuring a packed programme of workshops, in-depth discussions about the Keychange programme as well as Linda Perry, Tony Visconti and many others discussing how we continue pushing for equality in the music industry.
Frehn Hawel 

Hamburg, 13 September 2018
Garbage singer and ANCHOR 2017 Jury member Shirley Manson put it in a nutshell at a panel on gender equality: "We must stop applauding men for doing the right thing." Even if the discussion about equal chances for all genders feels like a well-established reasonable thing which everyone can benefit from, the path to its successful implementation is still a long way off. 

The music industry has been engaged with the issue since 2017. Meanwhile Keychange counts on 125 international music festivals and conferences voluntarily committing themselves to present a balanced gender ratio in their concert line-ups and conference programmes by 2022. Just as important as voluntary participation of these festivals is the fact that the discussion shows international repercussions. The urgent question is what next steps are necessary to achieve structural improvement in the music industry and culture. 

Keychange Day
On Thursday 20 September 2018, the Reeperbahn Festival will focus on the current issues of gender equality in diverse open panels, workshops and discussions at the Spiegelzelt of the Festival Villages. Programme participants and representatives of the music industry and culture will join forces in the search for new insights that will effect sustainable change.

Samples of the Keychange Day programme: 
and partners

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a Decision of the German Bundestag.

Media material
Free-of-charge material is already available on our media server for media coverage of Reeperbahn Festival. During the festival, content will be continuously updated and expanded.

The content in this online-database is copyright-protected. Free use is only permitted for articles reporting on Reeperbahn Festival. All other forms of use are strictly prohibited. Please contact Frehn Hawel ( for any check back.

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The following material can be downloaded via a link.

Immediately available
Reeperbahn Festival Impressions
General information about Reeperbahn Festival; Best-Of Reeperbahn Festival 2017.
12:16 minutes, 1.776,49 MB

ANCHOR – Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award Impressions
Impressions, interviews and concert excerpts of 2016/2017/2018 with Tony Visconti, Linda Perry, Jason Bentley, Alexander Schulz, Jade Bird, Albin Lee Meldau and Pabst. 
10:45 minutes, 949,54 MB

Available 19 September, 11:00 pm
Reeperbahn Festival Opening 2018
Concert excerpts Jungle, excerpts of the speeches of Dr. Peter Tschentscher (The Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany for cultural affairs within the Treaty on Franco-German cooperation, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), Anne-Marie Descôtes (Ambassedor of France to the Federal Republic of Germany) and Dr. Andreas Görgen (Director-General for Culture and Communication, Federal Foreign Office) as well as the presentation of the ANCHOR 2018 Jury and Nominees.

Available 20 September, 03:00 pm
Highlights Festival Day 1

Concert highlights Festival Day 1.

ANCHOR 2018 Day 1
Presentation of the ANCHOR 2018 Jury and Nominees, first Nominee shows by FRUM and Blanco White as well as ANCHOR 2018 Jury vox pops.

Available 21 September, 03:00 pm
ANCHOR 2018 Day 2
Nominee shows by Faces on TV, TIWAYO and Anna Aaron as well as ANCHOR 2018 Jury vox pops.

Available 22 September, 03:00 pm
ANCHOR 2018 Day 3
Nominee shows by HOPE, Tamino and Freya Ridings as well as the ANCHOR 2018 Jury vox pops.

Available 22 September, 06:00 pm
Statements about the initiative Keychange – Empowering Women In Music. 

Available 23 September, 01:00 am
ANCHOR 201 Award Show
Award show with live performances by Linda Perry and Metronomy as well as highlights of Tony Visconti, Skye Edwards, Cassandra Steen and Jason Bentley.

Available 23 September, 08:00 pm
Highlights Reeperbahn Festival 2018
Concert und programme highlights of the Reeperbahn Festival venues Docks, Elbphilharmonie, Festival Village, Michel and more.


Footage that will be published via the Reeperbahn Festival channels and can be shared or embedded. Available via the following links.

Immediately available
Reeperbahn Festival 2018 Preview Trailer

Available 23 September
ANCHOR 2018 Highlight Trailer

Available 28 September

Reeperbahn Festival 2018 Aftermovie

A selection of photos will be made available on a daily basis.

Find here the current basic press text for Reeperbahn Festival 2018 and the conveyed press releases.


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
Photo: Linda Perry
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