The Detroit-Berlin Connection (DBC) is holding its second Detroit Conference on May 20, 2015, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

This free event is designed to challenge traditional views and boundaries in Detroit while involving community organizers and stakeholders, entrepreneurs, artists, and individuals from various backgrounds.

The program, which takes place from 4 until 8 p.m., will include presentations by individuals and organizations involved in art, music, design, innovation, and entrepreneurial efforts in both Detroit and Berlin. Panel discussions and a Q&A session will follow, along with a cocktail hour afterglow where the public can mingle with the speakers.

Featured presenters and panelists include faculty from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, which has assembled a summer studio to work on visioning plans for the Fisher Body 21 building; Robert Elmes, founder/director of Galapagos Art Space Detroit, which is moving from Brooklyn to Detroit and Highland Park; Philip Kafka of Prince Media Co, a New York City boutique advertising firm behind the recent Move to Detroit billboard campaign; Burkhard Kieker, chief executive officer of Visit Berlin; Lutz Leichsenring of the Club Commission Berlin; and Dimitri Hegemann of Tresor Berlin and Kraftwerk Berlin. Hegemann founded the DBC in 2013.

The conference will get a proper Detroit kickoff from John Collins and Cornelius Harris of Underground Resistance, arguably the world’s most powerful techno brand. More guests from Detroit and Berlin are all part of the program.

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