United We Stream Festival
This weekend, the United We Stream Festival will take place on Saturday (25/07) and Sunday (26/07) at four iconic locations in Berlin: The Botanical Garden, New Museum, the former Tempelhof Airport, and the old distillery Monopol. The artistic line-up reflects the great diversity of the electronic music scene, framed by the historical scenery of the venues.
On both days of the event, from 2PM to midnight., the line-up will feature a large number of renowned artists.
Get your United We Stream Festival soli-ticket to support Berlin’s Club Culture. You have also the opportunity to donate with a Facebook fundraiser or at uws.betterplace.org.
Enjoy watching the stream! It’s free.
8% of the festival proceeds go to the non-profit initiative “Gesicht Zeigen!” (Show up), which encourages people to become active against xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and right-wing extremist violence.
United We Stream has a broad range of audiences worldwide through different, cross-genre cultural formats, from changing cultural locations. The platform was launched on March 18th and has since then attracted over 40 million visitors. Within the digital space, music lovers find low-threshold access to an inclusive variation of cultural programs. Over 1800 artists in 363 locations from 74 cities have already taken part in streaming and collected donations of around 1.5 million euros. This participatory involvement creates a new dimension of cultural events during the Corona crisis and beyond.
4 Months of United We Stream – in solidarity we stream united!
363 locations from 74 cities around the planet
68 live-streams from UWS home-base Berlin
1.5 million € donations
44.000 € from Berlin to the Foundation Fund Civil Sea Rescue
Without you this would have not been possible – your contribution is making a difference!
United We Stream Festival invites you to join us to enhance the foundation of United We Stream e.V. for future orientation as a cross-sectoral digital cultural platform. This interdisciplinary alliance, between club culture and traditional locations of Berlin’s cultural landscape, is an absolute novelty.
The unusual combination of culturally historical places merging with artists from club culture has a clear message: club and high culture take place at eye level.We are particularly grateful for the openness of the Neues Museum, which has opened its doors to the event curation through the DUAT label.
DUAT, the curator of the Stream at Neues Museum aptly phrased it: “The Streams do not intend to be a substitute for closed clubs, but rather a timeless enrichment.” The aim is to be an intermediary between cultural creators, cultural sites and the public. We connect analog cultural venues with digital space and thus connect artists on stage with spectators in front of the screen by promoting an interactive dialogue. This participatory involvement creates a new dimension of cultural events. Arts and culture overcome barriers, connect across cultural differences, and bring our common values closer together. Communicating cultural education, multiplicity, diversity, and cosmopolitanism in a time when access to culture is severely limited, is more important than ever. United We Stream Festival aims to take up the challenge of creating real participation and dialogue by their multicultural approach.
Join us this Saturday, July 25th from 2-7 p.m. for a cinematographically breathtaking journey through the greenhouses of Berlin’s Botanic Garden. Experience the enchanting influence the garden’s 43 hectares with over 20.000 of plant species had on shaping the artist’s performance.
The Botanic Garden Berlin has always kept up with contemporary discourse – bringing together science and art and opening spaces for different ways of experiencing nature. This summer it hosts a historical cultural crossover with the United We Stream Festival. In solidarity with the crisis of the cultural scene of Berlin the Botanic Garden supports
to save our spaces and promote an interactive dialogue to create a new dimension of cultural events. At UWS we understand that time-relevant changes are key for responsible growth. In order to clearly be able to fulfill our vision, mission and values we have formulated an awareness manifesto.
UWS understands awareness in the process. It is not about right and wrong, but about constant reflection of our own position, our possibilities and the prevailing situation. It is not about pointing the finger at each other, but about taking the opportunity and responsibility that we all have as actors in the club culture together. We are many – and as diverse as the club culture is, as different may be the extent to which we have all actively engaged with concepts of awareness and equality measures. Rather, UWS offers the chance to learn from each other, to support each other, to ask questions, to exchange ideas and to bring about positive change – together with understanding.
Each festival venue exemplifies parts of the Awareness Manifesto which is derived from the understanding of a diverse and solidary club culture that forms the basis for the curation and design of the specific livestreams. For the Botanic Garden Berlin we believe it emphasizes nature’s diversity worth to be protected – just as clubs diversity to flourish.
To spread this message, we are curating our events in consideration of the following criteria:
- With the program we design and broadcast, we can either perpetuate existing unequal social structures or break them up and redesign them in a positive way. That is why we pay special attention to a balanced proportion of female and male identified people as well as non-binary people and artists of different social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, People of Color etc.
- A diverse program that reflects the diversity of our society and club culture requires the conscious support of artists from underrepresented groups. The introduction of quotas can be helpful, but should not lead to acts being booked only to make the lineup more diverse. Rather, it is about building a culture in which artists feel encouraged to perform, who are less confident than others or who are structurally disadvantaged. A balanced relationship between newcomers and better known acts can help establish that.
- By quantitatively and qualitatively evaluating our programs, we can better identify inequalities and derive targeted measures from them.
We call upon all cultural entrepreneurs, Artists, Institutions, and culture enthusiasts to step up and be a part of this powerful, transitional movement. It’s important to recognize our time and place in history and start owning our past to create a more inclusive and diverse social perspective.
We believe Monopol is a legitimate exemplification of our United We Stream Festival vision. With its initial construction as a distillery it is now aiming to reconstruct its purpose and become a visionary campus where Arts, Culture, Technology and Future of Food Production can merge and create a new future.
A consortium of locally-based investors, organisations and entrepreneurs is creating a new quarter that will invite research and innovation in food technology and empower start-ups and local businesses to grow. With this a new alliance of entrepreneurs and organizations has been found to slowly bring this place back to life. In the next few years, a campus will be created here, where people from different cultures and fields come together to shape the future of the food industry together. Where new digital technologies and artistic perspectives get their space. Where work, life and learning merge with one another in a contemporary way.
It’s very geographical positioning in a large, charming industrial area that has been sleeping for years gives it a unique opportunity to establish a new vibrant future driven establishment.
Shaping a space where people from so many different realities have a space to meet and create coincides with our value of honouring every aspect of curating our final product.
“A club, an event and also a stream only becomes possible and successful through the effort and input of many people. This includes management, technicians, bookers, artists and many more. Especially in these existentially threatening times, it is more than ever important to honor and appreciate the work of everyone involved”. (Awareness Manifesto UWS)
It features social and cultural spaces to inspire the entrepreneurs, encourage collaboration and co-creation with artists and institutions from the local neighbourhood.
United We Stream stands for the diversity of club culture. A (digital) space for free development of all cultures and facets of life, incompatible with nationalism, racism, sexism, homophobia and discrimination in all its forms. A place that includes people of every conceivable background or identity, enables them to be more visible and audible, critically questions and develops discourses, and represents and depicts marginalized groups in our society.
Neues Museum x DUAT
“Extraordinary guests and their music in dialogue with ancient Egyptian art”
A lot of things are getting streamed these days. The Corona crisis is not the focus of attention this time, even though United We Stream, through its streaming revenues and continuous donations from viewers, is raising money for the preservation of the club landscape. DUAT x Neues Museum is also about something else.
The Stream is not intended to be a substitute for closed clubs, but rather a timeless enrichment. A musical experience in the museum, free of charge and available to anyone with internet access. The Berlin Recordlabel DUAT has been dealing with ancient Egyptian culture and art since its foundation in 2017. Amin Fallaha, born in Frankfurt, and Ruede Hagelstein, born in Berlin, combine a culture that has been passed down thousands of years ago with contemporary dance music. Fallaha walks on the paths of his own origins. As the child of a Syrian father and an Egyptian mother, he has been familiar with different cultural circles since his birth in Germany and, not least through his roots, establishes a special connection to the exhibits in the Papyrus Collection. Ruede Hagelstein is a DJ from Berlin and grew up in the local techno scene. Together they try to implement the artistic theme in various music and event concepts.
The opportunity to show their art at the Neues Museum is without doubt the high point of the debate. You can’t get any closer to the topic than in a museum, not in terms of content, not visually and not acoustically. Everything that has been handed down from the time of the mysterious pharaohs is objectively not audio material. The music of DUAT records can be understood as a soundtrack or as a playful performance, in order to be closer to this time in a special way, rather than just facing the exhibit.
The possibility to visit and play at this place is a privilege the label is aware of. Therefore, the aim is to share the experience with the world without commercial interest and impartiality, and to let the exhibits tell their story, while at the same time allowing for individual exploration. For a change not only the DJ is in the spotlight, but also the music and its wonderful symbiosis with pictures.
- As actors of club culture, we have the opportunity to shape structures within our society and should be aware of this responsibility. Only through structural change we can adequately respond to discriminatory structures and prevent them.
- United We Stream understands the current global crisis as a starting point for a necessary social transformation and as an opportunity to convey values of solidarity that are manifesting more and more in our society and thus clearly oppose any policy of exclusion.
- Recognition of clubs as cultural sites and visualisation of the cultural significance and scope of the existing diverse club culture.
As the director of the Neues Museum Frau Seyfried promptly said: “ If, beyond that, in the difficult times of a pandemic, this initiative can be lifted onto new platforms with young artists, then one can only be grateful.
As part of our mission to connect cultural institutions and give a platform for cultural crossovers for various partners we have collaborated with the Tempelhof Airport. The goal was to reinstate crucial dialogue about our responsibility towards the past by giving it a format for a future.
The Airport Tempelhof in its current form was built between 1936 and 1941 according to the plans of Ernst Sagebiel. The biggest monument of Europe, which stands for monumental self-staging of the Nazis, has become a symbol of freedom because of the airlift of 1948/49. The physical structure is made up of an elliptical airfield and an enormous building complex. It consists of a series of symmetric elements: a forecourt flanked by two office wings; the reception and check-in hall; transit areas and 1230 m long arch of the hangars.
The Airport Tempelhof is unique. There was no other building of this magnitude at least within Europe in the 1930s. Tempelhof is a unique airport throughout the world in that the hangars have been brought together with check-in and administrative rooms in a building. The architecture of the airport is also monumental and technologically modern. The natural stone cladding and strong façade gives the building a powerful impression. Whereas on the side facing the airfield, you can see the modern steel structure of the hangar arch. The 380 m long airport gate in the middle of the building is a 40 m wide self-supporting cantilever construction.
But the Airport Tempelhof is also a layered-symbol that goes far beyond its astonishing brutalist architecture. In 1933, in the first year of their command, the Nazis built a Gestapo prison at the northern edge of the Tempelhof field on the ground of what would later become the airport extension and then built a concentration camp in the following year. This was the only official concentration camp of SS in Berlin – a fact that is largely unknown. How many deaths occurred in the Gestapo prison and KZ Columbia is not known.
From December 1938 to the end of 1943, a large number of Jews were forced to work, predominantly in the armament factory. In the year 1941, around 20000 Jews worked in Berlin in companies relevant to the war while the Jewish population of Berlin, who could escape to foreign countries, were deported in East European ghettos and extermination camps. The forced labour in Tempelhof fully stopped not before 25 April 1944,, a few days before the capture of the airport by the Soviet troops. 1948 it became a symbol of freedom, when the soviet authorities shut down all routes to the western controlled areas of Berlin the only way to access it was through the airport. This access brought forth the unification of british and US forces by establishing one command system. Apart from forming its allies it was also used for humanitarian action, since all the food and other necessities for the cut off city were brought in through that very same airport.
For some this was only the beginning of its turbulent history. It finally closed its doors for airport activities in 2008 and put itself on a trajectory for a completely new journey. In 2015 during the migrant crisis, it also became a place of safety and protection offering space for 1,500 refugees in its hangars. The whole area surrounding it is part of various projects that are trying to give the Tempelhof area another role in its community, marking an outstanding free space, of which it is hard to believe that it still exists in Berlin.
The city of Berlin has set itself the challenging task to preserve this historic and iconic building with its historic significance and also to open and further develop it innovatively and economically. On the way to Berlin Creative District the former Airport Tempelhof is gradually encouraging the addition of new offers and their lasting transformation even for future generations.
United We Stream understands the current global crisis as a starting point for a necessary social transformation and as an opportunity to convey values of solidarity that are manifesting more and more in our society and thus clearly oppose any policy of exclusion.
This is an opportunity to reflect once again on the responsibility of society as a whole, as individual cultural producers and as entire club culture. The three main reasons why we envisioned a stream from Tempelhof Airport are:
- To emphasize that solidarity and responsibility for society as a whole has been shown, but it must not stop at our club culture or at the borders of Germany or Europe.
- The Corona crisis, as critical as it is especially for marginalized people, has also shown that massive movements and change is possible and what everyone can set in motion if they want to. It is our task to remember this, and take it to the right path, especially when we bring our club culture to a historical place like Tempelhof Airport, with its (humanistic) history of the Airlift (#Candy Bomber).
- We want to shed light on the dark parts of history and be an example of how to own it and shape the future of the venue by entering and enabling the discourse in the present.
Our club culture shows solidarity with refugees worldwide, and UWS Berlin collects donations for the “Stiftungsfonds Zivile Seenotrettung” (foundation fund Civil Sea Rescue). Through this we want to draw attention to the isolationist policy of Europe. This is an additional sign of solidarity: It is not only about us – solidarity is especially needed by those who have a smaller lobby!
The virus knows no borders, streaming knows no borders, our solidarity knows no borders!