WHO ARE THE HAPPY LOCALS?
… a group of Berlin based organizations, who help make alternative projects happen. Initiated in 2012 by Dimitri Hegemann and Annette Ochs in Berlin, the Happy Locals want to share their experience and knowledge with interested people, finding collaborators and partners to plan creative projects. The Happy Locals wants to push forward this experience, knowledge and creativity across borders and genres.
For a deeper insight, you can find the manifest for the Happy locals on the website : happylocals.org .
Tresor / Kraftwerk Berlin are both spaces which were found and given their vision by Dimitri Hegemann. With the opening of the Club Tresor in 1991, the foundation for Berlin’s techno movement was set. In 2007 the Kraftwerk, an abandoned power plant, opened – providing a new home to the club after it had to move out of its original location in 2005. The Kraftwerk is now a vibrant place for experiments, exhibitions and events through all creative and cultural genres.
Holzmarkt is a cooperative, making sustainable urban development happen in Berlin. It combines nature, economy and culture – creating space for creativity, and a place to live and work in a vibrant urban quarter. It believes, sustainability and growth are not a contradiction. It generates a field of tension between modern architecture and a Holzmarkt (Timber Market) in the true sense of the word. New technologies and craftsmanship complement and enrich each other. The Holzmarkt cooperative leaves room for something new, never remaining static
Genossenschaft für Urbane Kreativität (GuK – Cooperative for urban creativity) joins together entrepreneurs and creators to facilitate the sustainable development of the urban quarter “Holzmarkt”. To their members, they offer not only a profitable and safe investment opportunity, but also the confidence to create public value, as well as access to an exciting network.
newthinking is an agency for open source strategies, digital culture and society, working at the interface between technology, the internet, media, culture and politics. newthinking is actively shaping today’s information society through engagement as an agency, as bloggers, event managers and free thinkers. Our customers range from international non-government and political organisations to the creative and cultural sectors.
WOMEX – the World Music Expo is a major networking event for global sounds, including trade fair, showcases, conferences, film market, networking sessions, and awards. Classical:NEXT is an international meeting and network of classical and art music professionals from all sectors. It welcomes all approaches, from traditional to experimental, major to niche, purely creative or purely business, but places an emphasis on innovation. The C3 Festival throws light into the grey zone between genres, a fertile breeding ground where new classical and club music intertwine. C3 seeks to expand both in its musical scope and in its partnerships: for a 2015 edition, Berlin and Essen should be joined by Detroit. Together, these post-industrial cities will show the way music is moving forward. Piranha Arts is the mother ship of all 3 projects, sailing the world from our home port in Berlin since 1987. From the very start, we have combined music & information technology (IT) to increase the value of crossing borders – be they cultural, social, political or commercial.
Das Musicboard – At the beginning of 2013 the Berlin Senate set up the Musicboard Berlin under the lead of Katja Lucker with an annual budget of 1 million Euros. It was charged with strengthening the local popmusic scene by supporting projects of national and international scope which are able to enlarge the visibility of Berlin as a centre of artistic productivity also counting on the synergetic and innovative energy of the music and creative industry. Applications can be handed in for funding programs i.e. “Career springboard Berlin” or “Pop in the neighbourhood” by any Berlin-based institutions or companies of the music sector as well as individuals. The Musicboard also supports professional musicians by helping with their supraregional development and tries to ameliorate the infrastructure of the local music scene. Musicians can apply for instance for scholarships to get the chance to work on new projects either in Berlin or abroad. Being a contact point Musicboard improves the transparency of already existing funding structures and provides mediation to the right contact person. Since 2014 Musicboard’s budget was increased to 1.5 million euros annually and in 2015 it will be responsible for the organization of the Berlin Music Week to aim at a consistent and strategic planning of the popmusic sector and the music industry in Berlin.
Berlin Music Commission / Clubcommission – Berlin’s music scene is connected and represented by two networks: Berlin Music Commission and Berlin Clubcommission. These networks support their members via sector-specific training, advisory services, PR and networking. The Berlin Music Commission seeks to intensify the already lively exchange within the music scene and with other industries. The Clubcommission is the voice of Berlin’s club scene and event managers and, founded in 2000, is the first of its kind, housing 120 members, functioning independently from the Senate. All of the founding partners belong to the club and event industry, not representing the commercial nightlife scene, but represent a “music driven” crowd that listens to electro, punk and alternative music. The Clubcommission’s focus is lobbyism, internal workshops, and campaigns against gentrification based club movements and tries to keep Berlin at the forefront of progressive music and nightlife culture. In Berlin these campaigns have included efforts like press conferences, petitions and lobbying with help from hired, professional law firms. The Clubcommission has also recently launched the online neighborhood Toolbox that offers free noise and club issue solutions, acting as a spin off for its sister Club Consult organization. Club Consult aims to raise funds for Club Commission causes by consulting with clubs and individuals that need professional production or nightlife advice.
Electronic Beats is the international music program of Telekom. All activities share a virtual home at electronicbeats.net, where the latest news on artists and events meet with reports on travel, art, design and fashion. Committed to the cause of contemporary club music, the site features EB Radio, which is on air 24 hours a day, and EB Video. There’s also Electronic Beats TV, which hosts all our video content including live EB festival performances and Slices interviews and features. Completing the media portfolio is the very collectable and award-winning EB print magazine which is available quarterly through selected distribution channels