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Dear Media Partners, Dear Colleagues,

No Reeperbahn Festival would be complete without its art programme! Even though the four days in St. Pauli are primarily devoted to the future of music, visitors will be offered a diverse experience spanning the ambitiously entertaining mix of visual arts, installations, happenings, and of course the Flatstock Europe Poster Convention comprising of works from international silkscreen artists. Today we are pleased to present the Reeperbahn Festival Art Programme 2019.
Frehn Hawel 

Hamburg, 16 July 2019


Those who spend four days immersed in the intense hustle and bustle of Reeperbahn Festival, packed with the most promising new international bands and artists as well as discussions concerning the most prominent challenges for the international music industry today, will be grateful for the moments in between that take them out of this cosmos for a moment. This is exactly what the Reeperbahn Festival's diverse art programme offers: installations, photo exhibitions, spontaneous sessions, gallery hopping, and much more. Socio-political themes, spectacular art and great entertainment will be on display.  Beginning at the main arena on the ARTS PLAYGROUND in the Festival Village, the art programme seeks to connect the festival to the neighbouring urban space and, with the Flatstock Europe Poster Convention, also to the Spielbudenplatz.

Now in its third year, the Festival Village on the Heiligengeistfeld will be the central hub for all festival visitors, press representatives and delegates during the four days of Reeperbahn Festival. This year it will also host the ARTS PLAYGROUND, which transforms the Heiligengeistfeld into an artistic playground that invites visitors to reflect and discover. A village of former sea freight containers is being built here, in which contemporary art, film, music and other installations will be on display. The space will explore the questions concerning the impulses required to make urban spaces worth living, and which media are able to inspire artistic expression in the constantly changing public space. These themes will be explored with performances and exhibitions comprising of moving images, 3D collages, installations and interactive interventions. 

The joint photo exhibition Fantasies 40 Plus (photo) by Hamburg author and humorist Heinz Strunk and photographer Dennis Dirksen removes the taboo of old-age eroticism, bringing it to life in 13 emotionally staged images. 
The walk-in installations by the artist Marina Zumi use colours and light to create magical oases of calm in the midst of crowded and noisy city streets. 
The VR installation A Symphony Of Noise - inspired by Matthew Herbert, which combines aural and visual elements, celebrates its world premiere. Sound design of the highest quality blends with a vivid simulation of reality in 4D, which ultimately pursues one goal: total immersion and interaction. This installation is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM). 

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Also part of the ARTS PLAYGROUND: Hip-Hop aus Hamburg in die Welt #BACKSPIN25, 1010, Stefanie Schmid Rincon - On The Go, Michel Lamoller, Alchemist's Valley - The Wilderness Of The Ink Jungle, Eine Stadt wird Bunt - Hamburg Graffiti History, Florian Egermann - Failed Artists International, Open Show

On exhibition in the city
The ARTS PLAYGROUND views the area around the Heiligengeistfeld and the Reeperbahn as a creative, artistic playground and strives to form a connection between the urban space and the surrounding area with tangible art in galleries, museums and even in a travel agency.  

Whose Jizz Is This? is the name of the first solo exhibition of musician, producer, artist, performer and this year's ANCHOR jury member Peaches at the Kunstverein in Hamburg. To mark the 20th stage-anniversary of the queer feminist founder of electroclash, the interactive exhibition presents sculptural, photographic, cinematic and textual visual works, whose common starting point is Peaches' diverse work from musical productions to live performances. Festival visitors will receive free admission and exclusive guided tours by the team of curators.  
Last year's premiere was a complete success so that in 2019, visitors can look forward to the second edition of NBHAP - Palms & Circumstances at L'Tur travel agency on the Reeperbahn. On the sofa of the travel agency, the video artists Schall & Schnabel, the communications agency Superunknown and the makers of the music blog Nothing But Hope And Passion will greet artists, sit them in front of a keyboard and invite them to play. The spontaneous songwriting sessions focus on simply having fun with music - song themes will be chosen by lottery or suggested by the audience. Expect the unexpected as well as great entertainment!
After attracting more than 18,000 visitors in Germany, Austria and Israel over the past six years, the Knotenpunkt Festival 2019 returns to Hamburg. In the Affenfaust Gallery, temporary installations, interactive actions, performances and mural painting will use art and culture to overcome geographical and disciplinary boundaries, connect various disciplines and explore new scenes. In a large group exhibition, urban contemporary art will be exhibited by over 40 international artists such as graphic designer Eike König from the Berlin design studio Hort or the Canadian Laurence Vallières, known for her gigantic animal paper sculptures. 

Also on exhibition in the city: Erotic Art Museum - The Sound Of Burlesque, Destination Art - Gallery Hopping in Neustadt

Flatstock Europe Poster Convention in the Spielbudenstraße
The international poster exhibition Flatstock has been an integral part of Reeperbahn Festival from the very beginning. Silkscreen artists from all over the world display their works in an exhibition of visual rock'n'roll for all poster nerds, collectors of single prints and art lovers! Participating in 2019: Antighost (DE), Boss Construction (USA), Crosshair (USA), Douze (D), Grace Helly (D), Lil Tuffy (US), Mercardorama (MX), Monostereo (ES), Rainbow (DE), Spiegelsaal (DE), Toucan Tango (GB) and Zum Heimathafen (DE).





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Reeperbahn Festival is organised by
Reeperbahn Festival GbR,
Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg/Germany,
PhG: Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG and Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbH,
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Photo: Dennis Dirksen

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