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23 – 26 SEPTEMBER 2015 PRESS RELEASE
Reeperbahn Festival Socials
 
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Finally arrived at the international agenda in its tenth year

Peter Smid, founder and Director of Eurosonic/Norderslaag puts it in a nutshell:
“You won´t get rid of it anymore”.
This laconic assessment reflects what international media and professional visitors have long agreed upon: The Reeperbahn Festival has become an integral element of the international music world! “We are of course pleased, but at the same time we are well aware of the responsibility and the challenge this position involves,” explains the Reeperbahn Festival founder and Managing Director Alexander Schulz. “In many annual diaries of most of our colleagues we are a fixed date.” In fact: Over 3,700 participating professional and media representatives from 40 nations mean an increase compared to the year before. Detlef Schwarte, in charge of the Reeperbahn Festival Conference describes the conference programme, also extended, including 220 events such as panels, workshops and networking events as a “pleasant development”. The largest delegations of professional visitors came from the UK, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Finland. Mr. Schwarte stresses the importance of the new cooperation with the Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmen (VUT) – association of independent music enterprises – with their VUT Indie Days and the VUT Indie Award, as well as the digital conference NEXT, taking place for the first time in the course of the Reeperbahn Festival this year and “moving the music and the digital worlds still closer together.” At the prize awarding ceremonies of the HELGA® and the Rocco Clein Award we congratulated many happy winners. Antelope won the first prize of the Reeperbahn StartUp pitch with their design of smart sportswear.
Bjørn Pfarr, responsible for the music programme, points out that young bands and artists celebrating their Europe or Germany premieres at the Reeperbahn Festival already filled big venues. This year a particularly high share of electronic music was part of the programme. 
The Reeperbahn Festival art programme, under new management by Christina Schäfer, presented many novelties. The overall topic “music in other genres“ is reflected in a pure literature stage, a film stage and visual art house where on four floors 20 different artists present their works. Further highlights are the cooperation with P/ART and the Museum for Arts and Crafts as well as the exhibition ZEHN, featuring ten years of Reeperbahn Festival, and the Independent Label Market.

After the first international cooperation with AusFinnland! this year, the Reeperbahn Festival announces the Netherlands as their partner country for 2016. “We were pleased to have a focal country and are looking forward to cooperating with our long-time friends of Dutch Impact, represented by Ruud Berends, next year. Thanks to the outstanding work of Ruud and his organisation an unprecedented number of Dutch bands and artists have become well established not only in Germany but also all over Europe in the past five years – these are almost Scandinavian conditions!” says Alexander Schulz.

“If you want to introduce a Dutch artist to the German market, there is only one place to do this: The Reeperbahn Festival. We are very proud of being the focal country of the Reeperbahn Festival next year. I’m looking forward to a very successful cooperation,” says Ruud Berends, Producer Dutch Impact – Dutch Impact is made possible by Buma Cultuur and Performing Arts Fund NL.

Once again, more than 600 events (consisting of 400 concerts, 220 conference programme items and over 50 offers from the field of visual arts, literature and film) took place at more than 70 venues. Special focus is placed on the St. Pauli clubhouse newly opened with the Reeperbahn Festival 2015, providing six new venues in the centre of the Reeperbahn, on Hamburg’s landmark, St. Michaelis Church, better known as the “Michel”, as well as the 'resonance chamber' (resonanzraum) at the bunker in Feldstrasse, used as a venue for the first time in 2015.

The Reeperbahn Festival 2016 will take place from 21 – 24 Sept. 2016! Advance booking will start at midnight today. For tickets click here!

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Voices on the digital conference NEXT
Volker Martens, Chairman of FAKTOR 3 AG: “The NEXT has arrived in Hamburg: more than 1,300 participants ventured a glimpse into the digital future together. We are particularly pleased about the successful connection with the Reeperbahn Festival – NEXT15 has shown that pop culture and the digital sector inspire each other.“

Matthias Schrader, CEO SinnerSchrader: “Digitalisation has reached companies and presents them with fundamental challenges. Those who want to cope with the digital transformation successfully must gear everything they do to the needs of the consumers. Facebook, Airbnb or Amazon: They all master this to perfection. And this is exactly the perspective of the NEXT.“

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

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
Credits: Florian Trykowski.
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